Our Favorite Dylan Lyrics

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    "I think of Dylan’s lyrics**—**and he won the Nobel for his lyrics—as the flour in my apron pocket, marking the escape route from a forest of conventional expectations and authority".—Judith Thurman


    "My favorite for lyrics is “Forever Young.” Every verse is a beatitude:

    'May your hands always be busy
    May your feet always be swift
    May you have a strong foundation
    When the winds of changes shift
    May your heart always be joyful
    May your song always be sung
    And may you stay forever young'

    That was the spirit of the generation—my own—that grew up with Dylan".—Louis Menand


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    "Once upon a time you dressed so fine
    Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
    People call say 'beware doll, you're bound to fall'
    You thought they were all kidding you
    You used to laugh about
    Everybody that was hanging out
    Now you don't talk so loud
    Now you don't seem so proud
    About having to be scrounging your next meal
    How does it feel, how does it feel?
    To be without a home
    Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone..."
     
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    Freewheelin' scientists! A total of 727 Bob Dylan lyrics are found hidden in medical research papers that were snuck in for a bet

    "How many Bob Dylan references can a scientist make in medical papers before he gets caught out?
    The answer my friend, is far from blowing in the wind - it is in fact 727.
    Swedish researchers have painstakingly counted the number of Dylan-related lyrics in biomedical papers, to discover they have increased 'exponentially' since 1990".




    A SELECTION OF DYLAN REFERENCES IN THE PAPERS

    Examples of lyrics cited in biomedical papers are listed below.

    Like a rolling histone: 'Epigenetic regulation of neural stem cells and brain development by factors controlling histone acetylation and methylation'

    Bringing it all back home: 'Bringing it all back home: how I became a relational analyst'

    Blood on the tracks: 'Blood on the tracks: a simple twist of fate?'

    Knockin' on pollen's door: 'Live cell imaging of early polarisation events in germinating Arabidopsis pollen'

    Blowing in the wind: 'Nitric oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind'

    A slow train is coming: 'Dietary nitrate – a slow train is coming'

    The two most cited Dylan songs found in the study: 'The times they are a-changin', which was mentioned in 135 articles and 'Blowin' In the wind', in 36 articles.

    The search also revealed the use of other popular titles such as 'All along the watchtower', 'Knockin' on heaven's door', and 'Like a rolling stone'.
     
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    Bob Dylan's real name is Bob Zimmerman.

    Hal
     
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    That's my favorite Dylan song, and the part of it I would have picked.

    Second choice:

    "Ahh princess on a steeple and all the pretty people
    They're all drinking, thinking that they've got it made
    Exchanging all precious gifts
    But you better take your diamond ring, you better pawn it babe
    You used to be so amused
    At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
    Go to him he calls you, you can't refuse
    When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
    You're invisible now, you've got no secrets to conceal
    How does it feel?"
     
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    Just Like a Woman - 1966

    "Ain’t it clear that—

    I just can’t fit
    Yes, I believe it’s time for us to quit
    When we meet again
    Introduced as friends
    Please don’t let on that you knew me when
    I was hungry and it was your world.
    Ah, you fake just like a woman
    You make love just like a woman
    Then you ache just like a woman
    But you break just like a little girl."

     
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    Tomorrow Is A Long Time

    Rod Stewart

    If today was not an endless highway
    If tonight was not a crooked trail
    If tomorrow wasn't such a long time
    Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all

    Ah but only if my own true love is waitin'
    Yes and if I could hear her heart a softly poundin'
    Only if she were lying by me
    Would I rest in my bed once again

    I can't see my reflection in the mirror
    I can't speak the sounds that show no pain
    I can't hear the echoes of my footsteps
    And can't remember the sound of my own name

    Ah but only if my own true love is waitin'
    Yes and if I could hear her heart a softly poundin'
    Only if she were lying by me
    Would I rest in my bed once again

    There's beauty in the silver singin' river
    There's beauty in the sunlight in the sky
    But none of these, and nothing else
    Can steal the beauty
    That I remember in my true love's eyes

    Ah but only if my own true love is waitin'
    Yes and if I could hear her heart a softly poundin'
    Only if she were lying by me
    Would I rest in my bed once again

    Ah but only if my own true love is waitin'
    Yes and if I could hear her heart a softly poundin'
    Only if she were lying by me
    Would I rest in my bed once again

    Songwriters: Bob Dylan

    Tomorrow Is A Long Time lyrics © Audiam, Inc
     
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    Bob Dylan may have been a darling lyricist to you, but to me he was a leftist, pot-smoking, anti-establishment Hippy.

    But yes, Mr. Zimmerman, the Times they are a'changin!

    Hal
     
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    Positively 4th Street

    You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend
    When I was down you just stood there grinning
    You've got a lot of nerve to say you got a helping hand to lend
    You just want to be on the side that's winning

    You say I let you down, you know it's not like that
    If you're so hurt, why then don't you show it
    You say you've lost your faith, but that's not where it's at
    You have no faith to lose, and you know it

    I know the reasons, that you talk behind my back
    I used to be among the crowd you're in with
    Do you take me for such a fool, to think I'd make contact
    With the one who tries to hide what he don't know to begin with.

    You see me on the street, you always act surprised
    You say "how are you?", "good luck", but you don't mean it
    When you know as well as me, you'd rather see me paralyzed
    Why don't you just come out once and scream it

    No, I do not feel that good when I see the heartaches you embrace
    If I was a master thief perhaps I'd rob them
    And I know you're dissatisfied with your position and your place
    Don't you understand, it's not my problem.

    I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
    And just for that one moment I could be you
    Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
    You'd know what a drag it is to see you
     
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    "Ah, but I was so much older then....I'm younger than that now".:confused:o_O

     
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    Love that quote.
     
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    The Concert for Bangladesh Live from Madison Square Garden in New York City (1971 )
     
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    Good heavens. His mind must be full of words and thoughts, coming and going all the time. I pulled up the lyrics of that song. There are enough words and thoughts in it for 10 songs! :confused: Or maybe I'm just slow. lol
     
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    The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius
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    "How do we have insights, and where does inspiration come from? Jonah Lehrer goes inside Bob Dylan's brain to find out."

    "It's a hard thing to describe," Dylan would later remember. "It's just this sense that you got something to say." What he felt was the itch of an imminent insight, the tickle of lyrics that needed to be written down. "I found myself writing this song, this story, this long piece of vomit," Dylan said. "I'd never written anything like that before and it suddenly came to me that this is what I should do." Vomit is the essential word here. Dylan was describing, with characteristic vividness, the uncontrollable rush of a creative insight. "I don't know where my songs come from," Dylan said. "It's like a ghost is writing a song."

     
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    I like this sentence in that link (above)... "....Dylan would later confess. 'I was playing a lot of songs I didn't want to play. It's very tiring having other people tell you how much they dig you if you yourself don't dig you.'"
     
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