I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. Well, I wake in the morning, Fold my hands and pray for rain. I got a head full of ideas That are drivin' me insane. It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor. I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more. Well, he hands you a nickel, He hands you a dime, He asks you with a grin If you're havin' a good time, Then he fines you every time you slam the door. I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more.
No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. Well, he puts his cigar Out in your face just for kicks. His bedroom window It is made out of bricks. The National Guard stands around his door. Ah, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more. No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more. Well, she talks to all the servants About man and God and law. Everybody says She's the brains behind pa. She's sixty-eight, but she says she's twenty-four.
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When the Deal Goes Down. The Hangman. The Waves. Dylan biographer Robert Shelton traces the origins of his song "Hard Times in the Country" to "Penny's Farm," a s musical complaint about a rural landlord; it is also similar to Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett's song "Tanner's Farm. In between the absurdities, the songwriter describes what sound like real problems. Dylan recorded "Maggie's Farm" at one of his first rock sessions on January 14, , backed by two electric guitarists, piano, bass, and drums, and it was released on his Bringing It All Back Home album on March In England, where the song would turn out to have a special history, it was released as a single and made the Top Dylan first performed it live on July 25 at the Newport Folk Festival.
Backed by members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band as well as Al Kooper, he ignited a fire storm of reaction by playing rock at the staid folk festival, and "Maggie's Farm" opened his set. Similar problems were encountered the following month, when he played the song and other rock numbers at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. In , Richie Havens braved the folkies' ire by covering the song on his Something Else Again album.
When he returned to performing regularly in the mid-'70s, he occasionally performed "Maggie's Farm," and on the leg of his Rolling Thunder Tour unveiled a radical rearrangement of the song with a stop-and-start rhythm. This version is heard on the live album Hard Rain. Thatcher's and-one-half-year rule enraged left-leaning Britons, and "Maggie's Farm" became their anthem. In the fall of , the Specials released the song as a single that made the U.
Top Five. When Bob Dylan toured Europe in , he played "Maggie's Farm" at Wembley Stadium on July 7, returning to the original rockabilly-style arrangement, and got a thunderous reception. This version can be heard on the subsequent concert album Real Live. The song remained a regular part of his concert repertoire thereafter.