Yazoo Street Scandal

Lyrics: Robbie Robertson
Music: Robbie Robertson

Played by Luther Dickinson with Phil Lesh & Friends in November 2013.

Stranded out in the night
Eliza took me down
To see the widow give
Rain to the town
It's against the law
To be a tonic man
But the widow knows
She's got the upper hand
So I went on in
Feelin' kinda wheezy
You know she soothed my mind, boys
She rocked me kinda slow and easy
All day and all night

Pick a card before you go
It's a long way to Mexico

Eliza wait by the door
I can't stay here anymore, no

Then she took a pill
She washed her feet in the mud
She said, look out son
You know, I just ordered a flood
For forty days and forty nights
Forty days and forty nights
Forty days and forty nights
All day and all night

Then I dropped my shoes
Eliza called my name
She said it looked to her
Like it's gonna rain
Then the cotton king
Came in chokin'
And the widow laughed and said
I ain't jokin'
Take once for all
She said, now don't ya tease me
I just fell in love, boy
So rock me kinda slow and kinda easy
All day and all night
All day and all night

Sweet William said (note 1)
With a drunken head
If I had a boat
I'd help y'all float
Eliza stood there watching
William in a trance
As the widow did the St. Vitus dance
But just then an old man
With a boat named Breezy
Said, you can ride with Clyde, boys
If you rock it kinda slow and easy
All day and all night
(1) Luther Dickinson didn't sing this verse with Phl Lesh & Friends.

     Date Album Recorded By
     1975 The Basement Tapes Bob Dylan and the Band

Further Information
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