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There was a wicked messenger
From Eli he did come
With a mind that multiplied
The smallest matter
When questioned who had sent for him
He answered with his thumb
For his tongue it could not speak, but only flatter.

He stayed behind the assembly hall
It was there he made his bed
Oftentimes he could be seen returning
Until one day he just appeared
With a note in his hand which read
"The soles of my feet, I swear they're burning"

Oh, the leaves began to fallin'
And the seas began to part
And the people that confronted him were many
And he was told but these few words
Which opened up his heart
"If ye cannot bring good news, then don't bring any".



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  • U
    UnregisteredJul 12, 2012 at 11:11 am
    Cryptic - but i have always liked it
    Eli do not have to a part of the bible
    It could mean from the tribe of eli?
    I see some mix of a biblical landscape
    And the old west...
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 6, 2012 at 8:48 am
    There is no "book of eli" in the bible. That was bad movie. I don't think the song means much, just atmospheric word play.
  • U
    UnregisteredDec 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm
    Bob dylan is the wicked messenger. His voice is the one that cannot speak, but only flatter(singing). It is his take on the worlds response to his generally negatively themed lyrics. With the book of eli as a simile.

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