Tell Ol' Bill  Tell Olí Bill

                                     The river whispers in my ear
                                     I've hardly a penny to my name
                                     The heavens have never seemed so near
                                     All my body glows with flame.
                                     The tempest struggles in the air
                                     And to myself alone I sing
                                     It could sink me then and there
                                     I can hear the echoes ring.
                                     I tried to find one smilin' face
                                     To drive the shadow from my head
                                     I'm stranded in this nameless place
                                     Lyin' restless in a heavy bed.
                                     Tell me straight out if you will
                                     Why must you torture me within?
                                     Why must you come down off your high hill?
                                     Throw my fate to the clouds and wind.
                                     Far away in a silent land
                                     Secret thoughts are hard to bear
                                     Remember me you'll understand
                                     Emotions we can never share.
                                     You trampled on me as you passed
                                     Left the coldest kiss upon my brow
                                     All my doubts and fears have gone at last
                                     I've nothing more to tell you now.
                                     I walk by tranquil lakes and streams
                                     As each new season's dawn awaits
                                     I lay awake at night with troubled dreams
                                     The enemy is at the gate.
                                     Beneath the thunder-blasted trees
                                     The words are ringin' off your tongue
                                     The ground is hard in times like these
                                     Stars are cold, the night is young.
                                     The rocks are bleak, the trees are bare
                                     Iron clouds go floatin' by
                                     Snowflakes falling in my hair
                                     Beneath the gray and stormy sky.
                                     The evenin' sun is sinking low
                                     The woods are dark, the town is too
                                     They''ll drag you down, they run the show
                                     Ain't no tellin' what they'll do.
                                     Tell Ol' Bill when he comes home
                                     Anything is worth a try
                                     Tell him that I'm not alone
                                     That the hour has come to do or die.
                                     All the world I would defy
                                     Let me make it plain as day
                                     I look at you now and I sigh
                                     How could it be any other way?  


Words and music by Bob Dylan from the motion picture "North Country".

Released October 11, 2005.