Key West (Philospher Pirate)

Written by Bob Dylan
Released on Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

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McKinley hollered, McKinley squalled
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Doctor said: "McKinley, death is on the wall
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Say it to me, if you got something to confess"
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I heard all about it, he was goin' down slow
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I heard it on the wireless radio
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From down in the boondocks, way down in Key West
I'm searching for love, for inspiration
On that pirate radio station
Coming out of Luxembourg and Budapest
Radio signal's clear as can be
I'm so deep in love that I can hardly see
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West
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Key West is the place to be
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If you're looking for immortality
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Stay on the road, follow the highway sign
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Key West is fine and fair
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If you lost your mind, you'll find it there
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Key West is on the horizon line
I was born on the wrong side of the railroad track,
Like Ginsberg, Corso and Kerouac,
Like Louis, and Jimmy and Buddy and all the rest.
Well, it might not be the thing to do
But I'm sticking with you through and through
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West
I got both my feet planted square on the ground
Got my right hand high, with the thumb down.
Such is life, such is happiness
Hibiscus flowers, they grow everywhere here
If you wear one, put it behind your ear
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West
Key West is the place to go
Down by the Gulf of Mexico
Beyond the sea, beyond the shifting sands
Key West is the gateway key
To innocence and purity
Key West, Key West is the enchanted land
I've never lived in the land of Oz
Or wasted my time with an unworthy cause
It's hot down here, and you can't be overdressed
Tiny blossoms of a toxic plant
They can make you dizzy, I'd like to help you but I can't
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West
Well the fishtail ponds, and the orchid trees
They can give you that bleeding heart disease
People tell me I ought to try a little tenderness
On Newton Street, Bayview Park
Walking in the shadow after dark
Down under, way down in Key West
I play gumbo limbo spirituals
I know all the Hindu rituals
People tell me that I'm truly blessed
Bougainvillea blooming in the summer, in the spring
Winter here is an unknown thing
Down in the flatlands, way down in Key West
Key West is under the sun
Under the radar, under the gun
You stay to the left, and then you lean to the right
Feel the sunlight on your skin
And the healing virtues of the wind
Key West, Key West is the land of light
Wherever I travel, wherever I roam
I'm not that far from the convent home
I do what I think is right, what I think is best
History Street off of Mallory Square
Truman had his White House there
Eastbound, Westbound, way down in Key West
Twelve years old, they put me in a suit
Forced me to marry a prostitute
There were gold fringes on her wedding dress
That's my story, but not where it ends
She's still cute, and we're still friends
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West
I play both sides against the middle
Trying to pick up that pirate radio signal
I heard the news, I heard your last request
Fly around my pretty little Miss
I don't love nobody, give me a kiss
Down on the bottom, way down in Key West
Key West is the place to be
If you're looking for immortality
Key West is paradise divine
Key West is fine and fair
If you lost your mind, you'll find it there
Key West is on the horizon line