The Wicked Messenger

Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music: Bb Dylan

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
Offentimes he could be seen returning
Until one day he just appeared
With a note in his hand which read
"The soles of my my feet, I swear theyre 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, the dont bring any"
Jerry Garcia Recordings
     Date Album Recorded By
     19 Apr 1975 Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan Legion Of Mary
     15 May 1975 Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume 1 Legion Of Mary (note 1)
David Nelson Recordings
     1997 Keeper Of The Key David Nelson Band
      2007 Aloha Nugs David Nelson Band
     27 Jun 2009 Crystal Bay Live David Nelson Band

(1) included on a bonus disc issued with advance orders from

Further Information
For more information on recordings see Matt Schofield's Grateful Dead Family Discography


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