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Trying To Get To Heaven - The Song

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Word and music by Bob Dylan.

Note: Bowie changes some of Dylan's original lyrics and omits a verse in the version which was leaked to radio.

Lyrics


The air is getting hotter
There's a rumbling in the skies
I've been wading through the high muddy water
With the heat rising through my eyes
Every day your memory grows dimmer
It doesn't hurt me like it did before
I've been walking through the middle of nowhere
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door
Oh yeah

People on the platforms
Waiting for the trains
I can hear their hearts a-beatin'
Like pendulums swinging on a chain
When you think you've lost everything
You find out you can always lose a little more
I'm just going down that road feeling bad
Trying hard to get to heaven
Before they close the door

CHORUS (x4)
  Oooh, trying to get to heaven 
  Before they close the door

I'm going down the river
Going down to New Orleans
They tell me everything's gonna be all right
But I don't know what "all right" even means
I close my eyes and I wonder boys
If everything is as hollow as it seems
I been to Sugar Town and shook the sugar down
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door
Hey-hey!

CHORUS (repeat ad inf.)
  Oooh, trying to get to heaven 
  Before they close the door

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