20/20 VISION

(Joe Allison/Milton Estes)

Jimmy Martin

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Performed by Bob Dylan, City Auditorium, Austin, TX, Oct 25 1991;
not to be confused with an identically titled RORY GALLAGER song, the song performed by Dylan is closely related in theme to "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" and "You Win Again" (also covered by Bob Dylan)

Original recording by JIMMY MARTIN, lead vcl, g; BOB OSBORNE, mdln, high baritone vcl; ROLAND "SONNY" OSBORNE, bjo, tenor vcl; HOWARD S. WATTS ("CEDRIC RAINWATER"), b; MERLE F. TAYLOR ("RED TAYLOR"), fiddle on Nov 16, 1954 at RCA Victor Studio, Methodist Television Radio & Film Commission, 1525 McGavock Street, Nashville, TN. Producer: Stephen H. Sholes.

Re-recorded on 22 Apr 1964 at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, by JIMMY MARTIN, lead vcl, g; THOMAS GRADY MARTIN, lead g; MEREDITH E. MILLER ("MIKE MILLER") , bjo, baritone vcl; VERNON DERRICK, mdln, tenor vcl; ROY M. HUSKEY JR. ("JUNIOR HUSKEY"), b; MURREY M. HARMAN JR. ("BUDDY HARMAN"), dms; HELEN "PENNY JAY" MORGAN, harmony vcl.

Recording data were taken from the booklet accompanying Bear Family Records' 5-CD set "Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys" (1954-1974).

transcribed from the Nov 16, 1954 recording by Manfred Helfert.

I went to the doctor, he says I'm alright.
I know he's lyin', I'm losing my sight.
He should have examined the eyes of my mind --
20/20 vision and walkin' 'round blind.

Since she's gone and left me I feel so alone.
I carry a heart that is heavy as stone.
I knew that she cheated, I knew all the time --
20/20 vision and walkin' 'round blind.

With my eyes wide open I lay in my bed.
If it wasn't for dyin' I wish I was dead.
But this is my punishment that is too kind --
20/20 vision and walkin' 'round blind.

You just couldn't know her the way that I do.
You say that she's wicked, and maybe it's true.
But one thing I do know, she's no longer mine --
20/20 vision and walkin' 'round blind.

I've lost her, I've lost her, oh what will I do?
I bet you're not happy if she's there with you.
The eyes of your heart will have troubles like mine --
20/20 vision and walkin' 'round blind.

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