Monday, March 22, 2021

Lord Protect My Child - A Bob Dylan Song That Is Now Meaningful to Me


Susan Tedeschi performed Lord Protect My Child at Farm Aid in 2005.  I could not find the Bob Dylan version on YouTube

On the March 21 show of Definitely Dylan Laura Tenschert discussed the sessions for the album Infidels that was released in 1983.  She played Lord Protect My Child that was recorded during those session but did appear on a CD until the Bootleg Series, Vol 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991 (1991).  This song has taken on significance for me.

Lord Protect My Child

For his age, he’s wise

He’s got his mother’s eyes

There’s gladness in his heart

He’s young and he’s wild

My only prayer is, if I can’t be there

Lord, protect my child

As his youth now unfolds

He is centuries old

Just to see him at play makes me smile

No matter what happens to me

No matter what my destiny

Lord, protect my child

The whole world is asleep

You can look at it and weep

Few things you find are worthwhile

And though I don’t ask for much

No material things to touch

Lord, protect my child

He’s young and on fire

Full of hope and desire

In a world that’s been raped and defiled

If I fall along the way

And can’t see another day

Lord, protect my child

There’ll be a time I hear tell

When all will be well

When God and man will be reconciled

But until men lose their chains

And righteousness reigns

Lord, protect my child

Copyright © 1983 by Special Rider Music

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