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Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall.
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood,
Cries out, „My God, they killed them all!”
Here comes the story of the Hurricane,
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

Three bodies lyin’ there does Patty see
And another man named Bello, movin’ around mysteriously.
„I didn’t do it,” he says, and he throws up his hands
„I was only robbin’ the register, I hope you understand.
I saw them leavin’,” he says, and he stops
„One of us had better call up the cops.”
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin’
In the hot New Jersey night.

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin’ around.
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that.
In Paterson that’s just the way things go.
If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street
‘Less you wanna draw the heat.

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops.
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowlin’ around
He said, „I saw two men runnin’ out, they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates.”
And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head.
Cop said, „Wait a minute, boys, this one’s not dead”
So they took him to the infirmary
And though this man could hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men.

Four in the mornin’ and they haul Rubin in,
Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs.
The wounded man looks up through his one dyin’ eye
Says, „Wha’d you bring him in here for? He ain’t the guy!”
Yes, here’s the story of the Hurricane,
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin’ that he never done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame,
Rubin’s in South America, fightin’ for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game
And the cops are puttin’ the screws to him, lookin’ for somebody to blame.
„Remember that murder that happened in a bar?”
„Remember you said you saw the getaway car?”
„You think you’d like to play ball with the law?”
„Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw runnin’ that night?”
„Don’t forget that you are white.”

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, „I’m really not sure.”
Cops said, „A poor boy like you could use a break
We got you for the motel job and we’re talkin’ to your friend Bello
Now you don’t wanta have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow.
You’ll be doin’ society a favor.
That sonofabitch is brave and gettin’ braver.
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain’t no Gentleman Jim.”

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much.
It’s my work, he’d say, and I do it for pay
And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a trail.
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance.
The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger.
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger.
And though they could not produce the gun,
The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed
And the all-white jury agreed.

Rubin Carter was falsely tried.
The crime was murder „one,” guess who testified?
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride.
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell.
That’s the story of the Hurricane,
But it won’t be over till they clear his name
And give him back the time he’s done.
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.

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bob dylan, neighborhood bully

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Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man,
His enemies say he’s on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive.
He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin,
He’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He’s wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He’s always on trial for just being born.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
’Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one’s command.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

What’s anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin’, they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He’s the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

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ballad of a thin man, bob dylan

intri in camera
cu creionul in mina
vezi pe cineva dezbracat
si zici, cine-i barbatul asta?
incerci din greu
si nu ti-e prea clar
ce vei spune
cind vei ajunge acasa

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

iti ridici capul
si intrebi, aici e?
cineva arata spre tine si zice
e al lui
tu zici, ce e al meu?
altcineva zice, aici ce?
iar tu zici, doamne dumnezeule
sint singur aici?

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

arati biletul
te asezi si privesti spre ciudat
care se indreapta spre tine
de indata ce te aude vorbind
si te intreaba, cum te simti
sa fi tu ciudatul?
raspunzi, imposibil
el iti inmineaza un os

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

ai foarte multe contacte
cu iubitorii de copaci
care te tin la curent
cind cineva iti ataca imaginatia
insa nimeni nu iti arata respect
de altfel, toti asteapta
doar sa semnezi un cec
catre vreun ong

te-ai intilnit cu profesori
si toti au fost impresionati de aparitia ta
ai discutat cu mari avocati
despre coruptie si escrocherii
ai citit toate
cartile lui f scott fitzgerald
esti un om foarte citit
toata lumea stie asta

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

ei, si inghititorul de sabii, vine spre tine
ingenuncheaza
isi incruciseaza picioarele
pocneste din tocurile inalte
si fara vreo alta avertizare
te intreaba cum te simti
apoi zice, poftiti gitul dvs inapoi,
multumesc pentru imprumut

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

apoi vezi cum piticul chior
striga cuvintul ‘acum’
si zici, ce rost are?
el zice, cum?
tu zici, ce inseamna asta?
el iti urla inapoi, esti o vaca
da-mi niste lapte
sau du-te acasa

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?

ei, si intri in camera
ca o camila si te strimbi
iti pui ochii in buzunar
si nasul pe podea
ar trebui sa existe o lege
impotriva acestor aparitii ale tale
ar trebui sa fi obligat
sa porti casti

pentru ca se intimpla ceva aici
insa nu reusesti sa intelegi ce
nu-i asa, domnule jones?