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See That My Grave is Kept Clean

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The album ends with a cover of a Blind Lemon Jefferson song . According to the allmusic web site (which is awesome btw), Jefferson was the first commercially successful male blues performer. Jefferson was a major influence on Dylan favorites Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Ironically, nobody paid much attention to his plea in the song’s title – he was buried in an unmarked grave. Years later a tombstone was placed at the approximate location of the original. Hopefully the site is well-tended.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 This song, like several others on Dylan’s first recording, was a standard among the sixties folk revivalists. It was included on the Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, a collection of folk songs that influenced many Sixties folk singers, including Dylan.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Dylan also recorded the song during The Basement Tapes period. It can be found on the bootleg The Genuine Basement Tapes.

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9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 Cover by Mike  Bloomfield, guitarist extraordinaire who contributed greatly the Highway 61 album.

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12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Dylan’s early mentor, Dave Van Ronk.

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14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 I like this one a lot.

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17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Lightnin’  Hopkins’ cover.

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19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 The king.

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21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 A cover by Lou  Reed.

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24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 Lyrics

25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 Well there’s one kind of favor I’ll ask for you
Well there’s one kind of favor I’ll ask for you
There’s just one kind of favor I’ll ask for you
You can see that my grave is kept clean.

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 And there’s two white horses following me
And there’s two white horses following me
I got two white horses following me
Waiting on my burying ground.

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Means another poor boy is underground.

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 Did you ever hear them church bells toll
Did you ever hear them church bells toll
Did you ever hear them church bells toll
Means another poor boy is dead and gone.

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
Now I believe what the Bible told.

30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 There’s just one last favor I’ll ask for you
And there’s one last favor I’ll ask for you
There’s just one last favor I’ll ask for you
See that my grave is kept clean.

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