License To Kill

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Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Now, they take him and they teach him and they groom him for life
And they set him on a path where he’s bound to get ill
Then they bury him with stars
Sell his body like they do used cars

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there facin’ the hill
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Now, he’s hell-bent for destruction, he’s afraid and confused
And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill
All he believes are his eyes
And his eyes, they just tell him lies

But there’s a woman on my block
Sitting there in a cold chill
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Ya may be a noisemaker, spirit maker
Heartbreaker, backbreaker
Leave no stone unturned
May be an actor in a plot
That might be all that you got
’Til your error you clearly learn

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled
Oh, man is opposed to fair play
He wants it all and he wants it his way

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

License To Kill
Written byBob Dylan
Produced byElvis Costello
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocals, all instruments
RecordedThe Armoury Studios, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Various Artists collectionsChimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan, 2012
Length5:13

Only known performance:
May 24, 2011, New York, NY
     (1 known performance)


Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob DylanChimes Of Freedom The Songs Of Bob Dylan album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
Bob Dylan  1983 Infidels AllmusicWikipediaAmazon
 Richie Havens  1987 Sings Beatles & Dylan Allmusic
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  1993 The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration AllmusicWikipedia
 Cowboy Junkies  2005 Early 21st Century Blues Allmusic
 Maria Muldaur  2008 Yes We Can! Allmusic

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