Bastard Son

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John Wesley Harding

Wesley Stace (born 22 October 1965) is a folk/pop singer-songwriter and author who goes by the stage name John Wesley Harding. Under his real name, he has written three novels. more »

Bob Dylan is my father, Joan Baez is my mother 
And I'm their bastard son
 Though my roots show through I'm just twenty two
I don't belong to anyone 
When the band was disbanded, I was disowned 
I got a number you can ring me on but I ain't got no phone 
Got a forwarding address, baby I ain't got no home
I got no direction home
That's the style of a bastard child
This is the song of a bastard son

 Uncle Lenny used to make me laugh 
Took away my nightmares, tore my daydreams in half
 Showed them to me reflected upside down
In the mirror that Suzanne Vega found 
Lenny's still doing his tricks today
Only goes to show that growing up might pay

 Bruce and James were family friends
Took my mind to Carolina through the New Jersey bends
Gave me a harmonica when I was three  Nailed a banjo to my knees 
Now Bruce is a foreman and James is a slave  Bruce gave in and James just gave up

My family didn't grow up too well with technology 
And I think this is why they disowned me
But now I wanna get back into the fold
I don't wanna be a black sheep, I don't wanna grow old
Here's to Warren, Neil, T-Bone, Andy, Lou, Townes, Elliott 
Tom, Steve, Elizabeth, Elvia, Dave
You're singing something good and it's gotta be saved 
I think so!

I've only just started playing guitar and already they say
I'm a has-been
Say my songs are too long, words are too strong, shoes 
Aren't clean 
See the synthesizer's broken, the 12 inch does not exist 
It's gonna take a blessed life to get on to the hit list
I'm gonna need a blessed life to get on to the hitlist 
But I'm singing for the men, for the women and the kids
Who grew up like me with seven basic instincts hid

Bob Dylan is my father, Joan Baez is my mother 
And I'm their bastard son.


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