Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What Dylan Lyric Describes Where You're At Right Now?

It's amazing how song lyrics speak to us at various moments in our lives, and even in various moments in a single day. As I write this I'm listening to Simon & Garfunkel's "Only Living Boy In New York," a song that expressed the loneliness and alienation I felt at certain times when I was growing up. It's literally an inexpressible phenomenon how music connects to the deepest parts of who we are.

Bob Dylan's music spans such a vast range of psychological and emotional spaces that one would be hard pressed not to find words from his lyrics that fail express where each of us are at or have been at various points of our lives.

It just so happens that one of the discussion threads in a forum at expectingrain.com is called Dylan lyric that describes your life right now. I thought you might find it interesting to read some of the lyrics expressing where people are at.

I never took much,
I never asked for your crutch.
Don't ask for mine.

Time passes slowly
When you're searching for love...

"the country music station plays soft..."

Don’t know how it looked to other people
I never slept with her even once

Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

They tell me everything is gonna be all right
But I don’t know what “all right” even means

May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung...

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay

Walkin' through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feelin' like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too

Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

I feel a change comin' on

ain't talkin'

In the end
My dear sweet friend
I'll remember you

I need a Shot of Love

I've got mixed up confusion, man it's killin' me

I'm beginning to hear voices and there's no one around...

Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinkin' fast
I'm drownin' in the poison, got no future, got no past.
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for those who've sailed with me.

47 pages of this stuff... That's entertainment!

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The reason for this small run of Dylan-related posts has to do with the coming of spring and all the preparations doing into this year's Northland Dylan Celebration. The official schedule has been assembled, and the Acoustic Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan is coming together, which will be very different this year.  And no one will want to miss the Blood on the Track Express, another of the highlights these past several years. To participate in the Singer Songwriter Contest send an email to duluthdylanfest@gmail.org

Meantime, life goes on all around you. Engage it.

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