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Sun Jan 16, 2022, 12:31 AM

Bob Dylan is not outdated. I humbly offer this inspiration.

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Never forget.


Far between sundownís finish aní midnightís broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
Aní for each aní evíry underdog soldier in the night
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

In the cityís melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden while the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowiní rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned aní forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burniní constantly at stake
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder
That the clinging of the church bells blew far into the breeze
Leaving only bells of lightning and its thunder
Striking for the gentle, striking for the kind
Striking for the guardians and protectors of the mind
Aní the unpawned painter behind beyond his rightful time
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Through the wild cathedral evening the rain unraveled tales
For the disrobed faceless forms of no position
Tolling for the tongues with no place to bring their thoughts
All down in taken-for-granted situations
Tolling for the deaf aní blind, tolling for the mute
Tolling for the mistreated, mateless mother, the mistitled prostitute
For the misdemeanor outlaw, chased aní cheated by pursuit
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Even though a cloudís white curtain in a far-off corner flashed
Aní the hypnotic splattered mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting
Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
Aní for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing

Starry-eyed aní laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time aní we watched with one last look
Spellbound aní swallowed ítil the tolling ended
Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones aní worse
Aní for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
Aní we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
Copyright © 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1992 by Special Rider Music

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Reply Bob Dylan is not outdated. I humbly offer this inspiration. (Original post)
scipan Jan 2022 OP
scipan Jan 2022 #1
czarjak Jan 2022 #8
Dial H For Hero Jan 2022 #2
scipan Jan 2022 #3
Bettie Jan 2022 #4
scipan Jan 2022 #12
hlthe2b Jan 2022 #21
Hekate Jan 2022 #5
scipan Jan 2022 #14
Hekate Jan 2022 #17
Kid Berwyn Jan 2022 #6
scipan Jan 2022 #15
argyl Jan 2022 #7
scipan Jan 2022 #11
argyl Jan 2022 #18
obamanut2012 Jan 2022 #19
argyl Jan 2022 #20
garybeck Jan 2022 #9
scipan Jan 2022 #10
garybeck Jan 2022 #13
scipan Jan 2022 #16
Omaha Steve Jan 2022 #22

Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:00 AM

1. We are in an age old struggle between the haves and the have nots.

Now the haves think they are about to capture the flag. But they are wrong because we will never give up. Itís in our DNA to fight.

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Response to scipan (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:02 AM

8. "The Haves and The Have More's" according to W.

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:17 AM

2. Excellent composer, but I can't get past his lousy singing voice.

 

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:21 AM

3. Heh. Guess it's an acquired taste.

As one of the Traveling Wilburyís he shows that he can carry a tune pretty well.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:29 AM

4. That is exactly what I said to my husband when I read the title!

I don't like his voice. He's a great songwriter though.

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Response to Bettie (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:22 AM

12. That's definitely his super power.

I listen to him for the words.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 06:24 AM

21. I found new respect for his earliest stuff. He frequently sang with others and i heard

him with Johnny Cash last night. I think I'm at that stage of life that revisiting Dylan just seems right.

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:30 AM

5. Just reading it gives me chills. KnRnBookmarked for later.

And, no I never liked Bob Dylanís voice. Almost anyone else who sings his music, yes, because he was and is a genius.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #5)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:29 AM

14. Yeah I want to remind people of his words.

We need inspiration and hope now.

I think one cannot actually give up because of the horrible conditions an autocracy would put us in.

There will always be a resistance. And I want to be a part of it.

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Response to scipan (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:58 AM

17. Yes

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 01:52 AM

6. Genius



Murder Most Foul

Twas a dark day in Dallas, November '63
A day that will live on in infamy
President Kennedy was a-ridin' high
Good day to be livin' and a good day to die
Being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb
He said, "Wait a minute, boys, you know who I am?"
"Of course we do, we know who you are"
Then they blew off his head while he was still in the car
Shot down like a dog in broad daylight
Was a matter of timing and the timing was right
You got unpaid debts, we've come to collect
We're gonna kill you with hatred, without any respect
We'll mock you and shock you and we'll put it in your face
We've already got someone here to take your place
The day they blew out the brains of the king
Thousands were watchin', no one saw a thing
It happened so quickly, so quick, by surprise
Right there in front of everyone's eyes
Greatest magic trick ever under the sun
Perfectly executed, skillfully done
Wolfman, oh Wolfman, oh Wolfman, howl
Rub-a-dub-dub, it's a murder most foul

Hush, little children, you'll understand
The Beatles are comin', they're gonna hold your hand
Slide down the banister, go get your coat
Ferry 'cross the Mersey and go for the throat
There's three bums comin' all dressed in rags
Pick up the pieces and lower the flags
I'm goin' to Woodstock, it's the Aquarian Age
Then I'll go to Altamont and sit near the stage
Put your head out the window, let the good times roll
There's a party goin' on behind the Grassy Knoll
Stack up the bricks, pour the cement
Don't say Dallas don't love you, Mr. President
Put your foot in the tank and step on the gas
Try to make it to the triple underpass
Blackface singer, whiteface clown
Better not show your faces after the sun goes down
I'm in the red-light district, like a cop on the beat
Livin' in a nightmare on Elm Street
When you're down in Deep Ellum, put your money in your shoe
Don't ask what your country can do for you
Cash on the barrelhead, money to burn
Dealey Plaza, make a left-hand turn
I'm goin' down to the crossroads, gonna flag a ride
The place where faith, hope, and charity died
Shoot him while he runs, boy, shoot him while you can
See if you can shoot the invisible man
Goodbye, Charlie, goodbye, Uncle Sam
Frankly, Miss Scarlet, I don't give a damn
What is the truth, and where did it go?
Ask Oswald and Ruby, they oughta know
"Shut your mouth, " said the wise old owl
Business is business, and it's a murder most foul

Tommy, can you hear me? I'm the Acid Queen
I'm riding in a long, black Lincoln limousine
Riding in the backseat next to my wife
Heading straight on in to the afterlife
I'm leaning to the left, I got my head in her lap
Hold on, I've been led into some kind of a trap
Where we ask no quarter, and no quarter do we give
We're right down the street from the street where you live
They mutilated his body and they took out his brain
What more could they do? They piled on the pain
But his soul's not there where it was supposed to be at
For the last fifty years they've been searchin' for that
Freedom, oh freedom, freedom over me
I hate to tell you, mister, but only dead men are free
Send me some lovin', tell me no lies
Throw the gun in the gutter and walk on by
Wake up, little Suzie, let's go for a drive
Cross the Trinity River, let's keep hope alive
Turn the radio on, don't touch the dials
Parkland hospital, only six more miles
You got me dizzy, Miss Lizzy, you filled me with lead
That magic bullet of yours has gone to my head
I'm just a patsy like Patsy Cline
Never shot anyone from in front or behind
Got blood in my eye, got blood in my ear
I'm never gonna make it to the new frontier
Zapruder's film, I've seen that before
Seen it thirty-three times, maybe more
It's vile and deceitful, it's cruel and it's mean
Ugliest thing that you ever have seen
They killed him once and they killed him twice
Killed him like a human sacrifice
The day that they killed him, someone said to me, "Son
The age of the Antichrist has just only begun"
Air Force One comin' in through the gate
Johnson sworn in at 2:38
Let me know when you decide to throw in the towel
It is what it is, and it's murder most foul

What's new, pussycat? What'd I say?
I said the soul of a nation been torn away
And it's beginning to go into a slow decay
And that it's thirty-six hours past Judgment Day
Wolfman Jack, he's speaking in tongues
He's going on and on at the top of his lungs
Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack
Play it for me in my long Cadillac
Play me that, "Only The Good Die Young"
Take me to the place Tom Dooley was hung
Play, "St. James Infirmary" and, "The Port of King James"
If you want to remember, you better write down the names
Play Etta James, too, play "I'd Rather Go Blind"
Play it for the man with the telepathic mind
Play John Lee Hooker, play "Scratch My Back"
Play it for that strip club owner named Jack
Guitar Slim going down slow
Play it for me and for Marilyn Monroe

Play, "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
Play it for the First Lady, she ain't feeling any good
Play Don Henley, play Glenn Frey
Take it to the limit and let it go by
Play it for Carl Wilson, too
Looking far, far away down Gower Avenue
Play, "Tragedy" play, "Twilight Time"
Take me back to Tulsa to the scene of the crime
Play another one and, "Another One Bites the Dust"
Play, "The Old Rugged Cross" and, "In God We Trust"
Ride the pink horse down that long, lonesome road
Stand there and wait for his head to explode
Play, "Mystery Train" for Mr. Mystery
The man who fell down dead like a rootless tree
Play it for the Reverend, play it for the Pastor
Play it for the dog that got no master
Play Oscar Peterson, play Stan Getz
Play, "Blue Sky", play Dickey Betts
Play Hot Pepper, Thelonious Monk
Charlie Parker and all that junk
All that junk and, "All That Jazz"
Play something for the Birdman of Alcatraz
Play Buster Keaton, play Harold Lloyd
Play Bugsy Siegel, play Pretty Boy Floyd
Play the numbers , play the odds
Play, "Cry Me A River" for the Lord of the gods
Play Number Nine, play Number Six
Play it for Lindsey and Stevie Nicks
Play Nat King Cole, play, "Nature Boy"
Play, "Down In The Boondocks" for Terry Malloy
Play, "It Happened One Night" and, "One Night of Sin"
There's twelve million souls that are listening in
Play, "Merchant to Venice" play, "Merchants of Death"
Play, "Stella by Starlight" for Lady Macbeth

Don't worry, Mr. President, help's on the way
Your brothers are coming, there'll be hell to pay
Brothers? What brothers? What's this about hell?
Tell them, "We're waiting, keep coming"
We'll get them as well
Love Field is where his plane touched down
But it never did get back up off the ground
Was a hard act to follow, second to none
They killed him on the altar of the rising sun
Play, "Misty" for me and, "That Old Devil Moon"
Play, "Anything Goes" and, "Memphis in June"
Play, "Lonely At the Top" and, "Lonely Are the Brave"
Play it for Houdini spinning around his grave
Play Jelly Roll Morton, play, "Lucille"
Play, "Deep In a Dream" and play "Driving Wheel"
Play, "Moonlight Sonata" in F-sharp
And, "A Key To The Highway" for the king of the harp
Play, "Marching Through Georgia" and, "Dumbaroton's Drums"
Play, "Darkness" and death will come when it comes
Play, "Love Me Or Leave Me" by the great Bud Powell
Play, "The Blood-stained Banner" play, "Murder Most Foul"

ó Bob Dylan

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:37 AM

15. ...

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 02:41 AM

7. He's not outdated. Neither are many other great singer/songwriters.

But his voice isn't an " acquired taste." He just can't sing worth a shit.

He also doesn't have the capability to put himself in another's shoes and convincingly sing about what they may be going through. That's a serious deficiency as a songwriter, as far as I'm concerned.

He's done a lot of great stuff but I don't worship at the altar of Dylan.

No doubt I'll take a ration of shit for dumping on Dylan but BFD.

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Response to argyl (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:18 AM

11. Disagree.

Heís a fucking prophet. But, you are welcome to your opinion. Would like to know why.

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Response to scipan (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 04:37 AM

18. I made myself fairly plain. Dylan's not my favorite singer/songwriter.

And I gave one reason why. Here's another. He just rambles on way too long on a number of songs. And it's not all genius he's spouting, a lot is drivel.

I said I liked a lot of his songs, he's just not my favorite. My favorite singer/songwriter would be Steve Earle. And there are a number of others I prefer to Dylan as well.

And yeah, we're looking at some hard times ahead. And I'm not giving up. And I don't need to hang on to every verse Dylan ever wrote like it was gospel to keep up the good fight.

Is that enough of an answer?

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Response to argyl (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 05:15 AM

19. No snark from me, I agree

And, on a personal level, he isn't a nice guy in a lot of ways, either.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 05:58 AM

20. Appreciate it.

I've actually been called stupid for not having the mental acuity to "get" Dylan. Other sites, though. Never on DU.

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:07 AM

9. saw him last month

great show!

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Response to garybeck (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:12 AM

10. Oh I envy you.

Iíve never seen him in concert.

But heís probably my favorite songwriter.

Thanks for checking in.

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Response to scipan (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:23 AM

13. to be honest

i've seen a lot of concerts in my day. he's not the greatest performer. when i saw him last month there was no spotlight on the stage, i don't think i've ever seen that before. he never touched a guitar unfortunately. but his voice was better than I've heard before and some of his new songs are good. the greatest part of the night is that i took my son, he loves dylan. so yeah your point is spot on, he's not outdated if my 18 year old son knows every song on his new album.

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Response to garybeck (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 03:40 AM

16. Yeah it's his words

I might not like him as a person but it doesnít matter to me.

I think of him as a curmudgeon.

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Response to scipan (Original post)

Sun Jan 16, 2022, 12:30 PM

22. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

This can be posted in Music Appreciation OR the Lounge.

Discuss politics, issues, and current events. Posts about Israel/Palestine, religion, guns, showbiz, or sports are restricted in this forum.

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