Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge




Co-written with playwright Sam Shepard, Brownsville Girl is one of Bob Dylan’s greatest ever songs. Click on the wide, elongated rectangle above to hear it – the video is too lame to bother sharing. I had a notion once that every single line of this song would make a really badass Twitter update. And, you know, I might have had a point……shot down by hungry kid trying to make a name for himself

…was thinkin’ of bummin’ a ride back to from where I started

…was looking for somebody with a pompadour

…was crossin’ the street when shots rang out

…didn’t know whether to duck or to run, so I ran (my favourite, favourite line ever)

…saw yr picture in Corpus Christi Tribune. Underneath, it said, “A man with no alibi”

…went out on a limb to testify, said you were with me

…saw you break down in front of the judge and cry real tears, it was the best acting I saw anybody do

…always been the kind of person that doesn’t like to trespass but sometimes just find myself over the line

etc. etc. etc.

An epic, by any standard…

September 21st, 2009.

7 Responses to “BROWNSVILLE GIRL (1986)”

  1. Seán Says:

    Nice one Eoin. Dylan is a bottomless pit of excellence

  2. Eoin Says:

    Not very often I’d say I agree with a YouTube comment Sean, but someone on there has written “more a movie than a song” – which is pretty accurate…

  3. fintan mezz Says:

    Really epic track and some nifty work on the You Tube front there Butler!

  4. Eoin Says:

    Thanks Fintan. I mean, Tina Turner… wtf?

  5. fintan mezz Says:

    What’s Tina Turner got to do with it, you might even say!!

  6. Peter81 Says:

    “What’s Tina Turner got to do with it”

    Well it is a bit on the 80’s side. Big drums and poxy reverb.

    A brilliant song though, it rises above all that. Great vocal too.

  7. Eoin Says:

    A lot of people criticise the production Peter, but I actually kinda like it… & the backing vocals esp.

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