The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest Uke tab by Bob Dylan

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Well Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
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They were the best of friends
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So when Frankie Lee needed money one day
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Judas quickly pulled out a roll of tens
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And placed them on a footstool
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Just above the plotted plain
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Sayin' Take your pick Frankie Boy
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My loss will be your gain

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Well Frankie Lee he sat right down
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And put his fingers to his chin
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But with the cold eyes of Judas on him
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His head began to spin
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Could ya please not stare at me like that he said
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It's just my foolish pride
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For sometimes a man must be alone
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And this is no place to hide

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Well Judas he just winked and said
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All right I'll leave you here
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But you'd better hurry up and choose
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Which of those bills you want
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Before they all disappear
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I'm gonna start my pickin' right now
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Just tell me where you'll be

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Judas pointed down the road
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And said eternity
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Eternity said Frankie Lee
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With a voice as cold as ice
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That's right said Judas Eternity
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Though you might call it 'Paradise '

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I don't call it anything
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Said Frankie Lee with a smile
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All right said Judas Priest
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I'll see you after a while

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Well Frankie Lee he sat back down
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Feelin' low and mean
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When just then a passing stranger
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Burst upon the scene
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Saying Are you Frankie Lee the gambler
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Whose father's deceased
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Well if you are
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There's a fellow callin' you down the road
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And they say his name is Priest

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Oh yes he is my friend
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Said Frankie Lee in fright
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I do recall him very well
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In fact he just left my sight
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Yes that's the one said the stranger
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As quiet as a mouse
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Well my message is he's down the road
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Stranded in a house

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Well Frankie Lee he panicked
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He dropped ev'rything and ran
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Until he came unto the spot
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Where Judas Priest did stand
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What kind of house is this he said
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Where I have come to roam
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It's not a house says Judas Priest
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It's not a house it's a home

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Well Frankie Lee he trembled
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He soon lost all control
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Over everything which he had made
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While the mission bells did toll
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He just stood there staring
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At that big house as bright as any sun
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With four and twenty windows
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And a woman's face in every one

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Well up the stairs ran Frankie Lee
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With a soulful bounding leap
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And foaming at the mouth
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He began to make his midnight creep
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For sixteen nights and days he raved
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But on the seventeenth he burst
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Into the arms of Judas Priest
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Which is where he died of thirst

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No one tried to say a thing
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When they carried him out in jest
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Except of course the little neighbour boy
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Who carried him to rest
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And he just walked along alone
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With his guilt all well concealed
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And muttered underneath his breath
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Nothing is revealed

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Well the moral of the story
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The moral of this song
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Is simply that one should never be
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Where one does not belong
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So when you see your neighbour carryin' somethin'
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Help him with his load
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And don't go mistaking Paradise
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For that home across the road

 

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