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THAT LUCKY OLD SUN
(Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)

(Haven Gillespie & Beasley Smith)

Ray Charles

© 1949 Robbins Music Corporation


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According to Clinton Heylin, A Life in Stolen Moments, New York, 1996, p. 128, covered by Bob Dylan during the Mar 16-18, 1971 Leon Russell session, Blue Rock Studios, New York, NY;
regularly performed by Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 1985 to 1986; revived during the 1991 to 1991 and 1995 legs of the "Never-Ending Tour."

Likely source: Ray Charles


Lyrics as performed by Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Feb 24, 1986; released on the "Superstar Concert Series," Westwood One, SS 86-21 (Radio Station Discs), Aug 30, 1986.
Transcribed by Manfred Helfert.


Up in the mornin', out on the job
Work like the devil for my pay.
But that lucky old sun has nothin' to do
But roll around heaven all day.

Had a fuss with my woman, an' I toil for my kids,
An' I sweat 'til I'm wrinkled and gray,
While that lucky old sun got nothin' to do
But roll around heaven all day.

Oh, Lord above, don't you hear me cryin';
Tears are rollin' down my eyes.
Send in a cloud with a silver linin',
Take me to paradise.

Show me that river,
Take me across, wash all my troubles away;
Like that lucky old sun give me nothing to do
But roll around heaven all day.


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