Crossing the Rubicon

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


I crossed the Rubicon on the fourteenth day

Of the most dangerous month of the year.

At the worst time, at the worst place,

That's all I seem to hear.
I got up early so I could greet the Goddess of the dawn.
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 I've painted my wagon, abandoned all hope,
  And I've crossed the Rubicon

Well, the Rubicon is a red river,
Going gently as she flows.
Redder than your ruby lips
And the blood that flows from the rose.
Three miles north of purgatory,
One step from the great beyond
I prayed to the cross, I kissed the girls,
And I crossed the Rubicon.

One of these dark days I'll see
In this world so badly bent
How can I redeem the time
The time so idly spent?
How much longer can it last,
How long can it go on?
I embraced my love, put on my hat
And I crossed the Rubicon

I can feel the bones beneath my skin
And they're trembling with rage
I'll make your wife a widow
You'll never see old age
Show me one good man in sight
That the sun shines down upon
I pawned my watch, I payed my debts
And I crossed the Rubicon

I put my hide upon the hill,
Where some happiness I learned.
If I survive, then let me love,
Let the hour be mine
Take the high road, take the low,
Take any one you're on.
I poured the cup, I passed it along
And I crossed the Rubicon

Well you defiled the most lovely flower
In all of womanhood
Others can be tolerant
Others can be good
I'll cut you up with a crooked knife
Lord, and I'll miss you when you're gone
I stood between heaven and earth
And I crossed the Rubicon

You won't find any happiness here
No happiness or joy
Go back to the gutter, try your luck
Find you some nice pretty boy
Tell me how many men I need
And who can I count upon
I strapped my belt, I buttoned my coat
And I crossed the Rubicon

I feel the Holy Spirit inside
See the light that freedom gives
I believe it's in the reach of
Every man who lives
Keep as far away as possible
It's darkest 'fore the dawn (O Lord)
I turned the key and broke it off
And I crossed the Rubicon

Mona, baby, are you still in my mind?
I truly believe that you are!
Could it be anybody else but you
Who's come with me this far?
The killing frost is on the ground
And the autumn leaves are gone
I lit a torch, I looked to the east,
And I crossed the Rubicon.