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I married Isis on the fifth day of May
but I could not hold on to her very long
so I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
for the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong

I came to a high place of darkness and light
the dividing line ran through the center of town
I hitched up my pony to a post on the right
went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down

a man in the corner approached me for a match
I knew right away he was not ordinary
he said, "are you lookin' for somethin' easy to catch?"
I said, "I got no money" he said, "that ain't necessary"

we set out that night for the cold in the north
I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word
I said, "where are we goin'?" he said we'd be back by the fourth
I said, "that's the best news that I've ever heard"

I was thinkin' about turquoise, I was thinkin' about gold
I was thinkin' about diamonds and the world's biggest necklace
as we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold
I was thinkin' about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless

how she told me that one day we would meet up again
and things would be different the next time we wed
if I only could hang on and just be her friend
I still can't remember all the best things she said

I picked up his body and I dragged him inside
threw him down in the hole and I put back the cover
I said a quick prayer and I felt satisfied
then I rode back to find Isis just to tell her I love her

she was there in the meadow where the creek used to rise
blinded by sleep and in need of a bed I came in from the east with the sun in my eyes
I cursed her one time then I rode on ahead

she said, "where ya been?" I said, "no place special"
she said, "you look different." I said, "well, not quite"
she said, "you been gone." I said, "that's only natural"
she said, "you gonna stay?" I said, "if you wanted to, yes"

Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child
what drives me to you is what drives me insane
I still can remember the way that you smiled
on the fifth day of May in the drizzlin' rain

Performed by The White Stripes
Written by Bob Dylan