REASON TO BELIEVE

Live 15 May 2005 version


Seen a man standin' over a dead dog by the highway in a ditch
He's lookin' down kinda puzzled pokin' that dog with a stick
Got his car door flung open out on 31
Like if he stood there long enough that dog'd get up and run
That dog'd get up and run
That dog'd get up and run
Struck me kinda funny, funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard day people find reason to believe
A reason to believe

Mary Lou loved John with a love mean and true
She said "I'll work for you everyday and bring my money home to you
Bring my money home to you
Bring my money home to you"
One day he up and left her and ever since that
She waits down at the road for young Johnny to come back
Struck me kinda funny, funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard day people find reason to believe

Take a baby to the river, Kyle William they call him
Wash that baby in the water, take away little Kyle's sins
Take away little Kyle's sins
In a whitewash shotgun shack an old man passes away
They take his body to the graveyard, over him they pray
Over him they pray
Struck me kinda funny, funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard day people find reason to believe

Congregation gathers down by the riverside
Preacher stands with his bible, groom stands waitin' for his bride
Groom stands waitin' for his bride
Congregation gone, sun sets behind a tree
Groom stands alone, watches the river rush on
Watches the river rush on
Watches the river rush on
Watches the river rush on
Struck me kinda funny, funny sir to me
How at the end of every hard day people find reason to believe
A reason to believe
A reason to believe

Oooh-aah-waooh
Oooh-aah-waooh
Oooh-aah-waooh
Oooh-aah-waooh
Wooh-wooh-wooh
Wooh-wooh-wooh
Wooh-wooh-wooh


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 15 May 2005 performance of REASON TO BELIEVE at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH, during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour. The song was played in radical reworking sung into electric-harmonica mic – boot-stompin', distorted delta-blues.

Promotional poster for the 15 May 2005 show at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Promotional poster for the 15 May 2005 show at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Ticket stub for the 15 May 2005 show at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Ticket stub for the 15 May 2005 show at Wolstein Center At Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Credits

Thanks Timmy Peterson (Terry at Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Available Versions

List of available versions of REASON TO BELIEVE on this website:

REASON TO BELIEVE [Album version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 19 Aug 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 16 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 18 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 19 Nov 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 07 Dec 1984 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 07 Jan 1985 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 16 Nov 1990 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 17 Nov 1990 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 18 Feb 1996 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Live 15 May 2005 version]
REASON TO BELIEVE [Aimee Mann and Michael Penn's cover version]

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