rider, pass by lyrics – joan baez

tell me when you see them
gathered at the sh*r*
dancing on their broken chains
ah, the ladies are no more
in their blue jeans and their necklaces
against an evening sky
but some of them are weeping
crying rider, please p*ss by

the ship with all the riders
has drifted out to sea
comp*ss cracked and stars unnamed
it’s lost to history
and the riders in captivity
watch ancient waves roll high
and hear the distant voices
crying rider, please p*ss by

all you men who should have been
your fathers beat you down
your mothers loved you badly
your teachers stole your crowns
and the wars you fought have taken toll
the price was far too high
you’ve buried all the images
of riders p*ssing by

the horses of the riders
have waited at the tide
but years have p*ssed, they know at last
their heroes will not ride
so the women oh so gracefully
mount n*ble horses high
shattering the timelessness
of rider, please p*ss by

but who can dare to judge us
the women or the men?
if freedom’s wings shall not be clipped
we all can love again
so the choice is not of etiquette
or finding lonesome ways to die
but liberty to ships at sea
and riders p*ssing by

but liberty to ships at sea
and riders p*ssing by

/ joan baez lyrics