Black Diamond Bay

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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan ( /ˈdɪlən/; born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, poet and artist. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an in… more »

Up on the white veranda
She wears a necktie and a Panama hat
Her passport shows a face
From another time and place She looks nothing like that
And all the remnants of her recent past
Are scattered in the wild wind
She walks across the marble floor Where a voice from the gambling room is callin' her to come on in
She smiles, walks the other way
As the last ship sails and the moon fades away
From Black Diamond Bay

As the morning light breaks open, the Greek comes down
And he asks for a rope and a pen that will write Pardon, monsieur, the desk clerk says Carefully removes his fez
Am I hearing you right And as the yellow fog is lifting The Greek is quickly heading for the second floor
She passes him on the spiral staircase Thinking he's the Soviet Ambassador
She starts to speak, but he walks away
As the storm clouds rise and the palm branches sway
On Black Diamond Bay

A soldier sits beneath the fan Doing business with a tiny man who sells him a ring Lightning strikes, the lights blow out
The desk clerk wakes and begins to shout Can you see anything Then the Greek appears on the second floor
In his bare feet with a rope around his neck While a loser in the gambling room lights up a candle Says, open up another deck
But the dealer says, attendez-vous, s'il vous plait As the rain beats down and the cranes fly away
From Black Diamond Bay

The desk clerk heard the woman laugh
As he looked around the aftermath and the soldier got tough He tried to grab the woman's hand
Said, here's a ring, it cost a grand She said, that ain't enough Then she ran upstairs to pack her bags While a horse-drawn taxi waited at the curb
She passed the door that the Greek had locked Where a handwritten sign read, do not disturb She knocked upon it anyway As the sun went down and the music did play
On Black Diamond Bay

I've got to talk to someone quick
But the Greek said, go away, and he kicked the chair to the floor He hung there from the chandelier She cried, help, there's danger near Please open up the door
Then the volcano erupted
And the lava flowed down from the mountain high above The soldier and the tiny man were crouched in the corner Thinking of forbidden love
But the desk clerk said, it happens every day
As the stars fell down and the fields burned away
On Black Diamond Bay

As the island slowly sank
The loser finally broke the bank in the gambling room
The dealer said, it's too late now
You can take your money, but I don't know how
You'll spend it in the tomb
The tiny man bit the soldier's ear
As the floor caved in and the boiler in the basement blew While she's out on the balcony, where a stranger tells her
My darling, je vous aime beaucoup She sheds a tear and then begins to pray
As the fire burns on and the smoke drifts away
From Black Diamond Bay

I was sitting home alone one night in L.A. Watching old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news
It seems there was an earthquake that
Left nothing but a Panama hat
And a pair of old Greek shoes
Didn't seem like much was happening So I turned it off and went to grab another beer Seems like every time you turn around There's another hard-luck story that you're gonna hear
And there's really nothing anyone can say
And I never did plan to go anyway To Black Diamond Bay



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