Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (11:20)

Cover of Blonde on Blonde

From Blonde on Blonde and 3 other releases

“Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” is the last song on the Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blonde, which was released in 1966.

It is written as a list song that comes back to a chorus line at the end of each stanza. The song is filled almost entirely with poetic symbols, such as in the first line “with your mercury mouth / in the missionary times”.

For his Dylan biography, Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, Take Two (2000), Clinton Heylin interviewed Blonde on Blonde drummer, Kenny Buttrey. Buttrey gave this account of the recording of the song: “He ran down a verse and a chorus and he just quit and said, ‘We’ll do a verse and then a chorus and then I’ll play my harmonica thing. Then we’ll do another verse and chorus and we’ll play some more harmonica and see how it goes from there.’…Not knowing how long this thing was going to be, we were preparing ourselves dramatically for a basic two to three minute record, because records just didn’t go over three minutes… If you notice that record, that thing after like the second chorus starts building and building like crazy, and everybody’s just peaking it up ‘cause we thought, man this is it. This is going to be the last chorus and we’ve got to put everything into it we can… After about ten minutes of this thing we’re cracking up at each other, at what we were doing. I mean, we peaked five minutes ago. Where do we go from here?”

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With your mercury mouth in the missionary times
And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes
And your silver cross, and your voice like chimes
Oh, who do they think could bury you ?

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  • FernandoVGP

    Cada vez que ouço Bob Dylan descubro um som fantástico!

    22 Feb 2:10pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Without a doubt, the chorus is one of of the most gorgeous and evocative things Bob has ever put his name to.

    27 Jan 5:00am Reply
  • shreddiesSH

    GOAT

    21 Jan 1:15am Reply
  • wiseblood-

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES!

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bucolicdream

    this chorus is an incredible thing

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • clutnuckle

    red-eyed ladyyy with a bowlllll in hannndd

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    His words are like leaves and his voice is like the wind they ride in...

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    goddam this song feels it so hard

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TheUglyTuna

    I've listened to this song hundreds of times, and it still gives me chills each and every time

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bobgreen623

    Dylan at his absolute best, a beautiful love song and so moving. Dylan's harmonica, which he used a lot at the end of songs, just breaks my heart

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • CioffDogg

    Chord progression reminds me a whole heck of a lot of "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nomoresongs

    I rarely venture into Dylanology, but this really is a song that cries out for some kind of analysis, with its absolute plethora of images. But the one that strikes me the most is the "warehouse eyes", which kind of implies that Dylan believes he has a storehouse of the senses which observes so vividly it needs a warehouse to keep it (like Bowie with 'my brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare'). And is he saying that all that was only there for Sara and that's why he now has to leave it by her gate?

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    The way he sings "Now you stand with your thief, you're on his parole" gives me chills. There's such... pride and confidence in it.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Adoro

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    I would just like to go inside this song and never return.

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ralfsu

    "With your childhood flames on your midnight rug" - is that a vagina reference?

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • epanou

    la plus belle chanson du XX ème siècle !

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • APRILELIZ

    gorgeous

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • maphilli14

    I came here because Roger Waters from PF said this song changed his life!

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • Enokii

    Starting to really love this track

    6 May 2012 Reply
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