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    The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest

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      About "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

      Lyrics for Bob Dylan - "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"

      Well, Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
      They were the best of friends
      So when Frankie Lee needed money one day
      Judas quickly pulled out a roll of ten
      And placed them on a footstool
      Just above the plotted plain,
      Sayin', Take your pick, Frankie Boy
      My loss will be your gain

      Well, Frankie Lee, he sat right down
      And put his fingers to his chin
      But with the cold eyes of Judas on him
      His head began to spin
      Would ya please not stare at me like that, he said
      It's just my foolish pride
      But sometimes a man must be alone
      And this is no place to hide

      Well, Judas, he just winked and said
      All right, I'll leave you here
      But you'd better hurry up and choose
      Which of those bills you want
      Before they all disappear
      I'm gonna start my pickin' right now
      Just tell me where you'll be

      Judas pointed down the road
      And said, eternity
      Eternity, said Frankie Lee
      With a voice as cold as ice
      That's right, said Judas Priest, eternity
      Though you might call it 'Paradise

      I don't call it anything
      Said Frankie Lee with a smile
      All right," said Judas Priest
      I'll see you after a while

      Well, Frankie Lee, he sat back down
      Feelin' low and mean
      When just then a passing stranger
      Burst upon the scene
      Saying, are you Frankie Lee, the gambler
      Whose father is deceased
      Well, if you are
      There's a fellow callin' you down the road
      And they say his name is Priest

      Oh, yes, he is my friend
      Said Frankie Lee in fright
      I do recall him very well
      In fact, he just left my sight
      Yes, that's the one,said the stranger
      As quiet as a mouse
      Well, my message is, he's down the road
      Stranded in a house

      Well, Frankie Lee, he panicked
      He dropped everything and ran
      Until he came up to the spot
      Where Judas Priest did stand
      What kind of house is this,he said
      Where I have come to roam
      It's not a house,said Judas Priest
      It's not a house it's a home

      Well, Frankie Lee, he trembled
      He soon lost all control
      Over everything which he had made
      While the mission bells did toll
      He just stood there staring
      At that big house as bright as any sun
      With four and twenty windows
      And a woman's face in every one

      Well, up the stairs ran Frankie Lee
      With a soulful, bounding leap
      And, foaming at the mouth
      He began to make his midnight creep
      For sixteen nights and days he raved
      But on the seventeenth he burst
      Into the arms of Judas Priest
      Which is where he died of thirst

      No one tried to say a thing
      When they took him out in jest
      Except, of course, the little neighbor boy
      Who carried him to rest
      And he just walked along, alone
      With his guilt so well concealed
      And muttered underneath his breath
      Nothing is revealed

      Well, the moral of the story
      The moral of this song,
      Is simply that one should never be
      Where one does not belong.
      So when you see your neighbor carryin' somethin'
      Help him with his load
      And don't go mistaking Paradise
      For that home across the road

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