|“I try my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them.
They sing while you slave and I just get bored.” – “Maggie’s Farm”
|I tried to give you everything,
That your heart was longing for,
I’m just going down the road feeling bad…
|“I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell.
Goodbye’s too good a word gal, so I’ll just say fare thee well.
I ain’t saying you treated me unkind, you could have done better but I don’t mind.
You just kinda wasted my precious time, but don’t think twice it’s all right.” – “Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)”
|“Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, and don’t criticise what you can’t understand.
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command.
Your old road is rapidly ageing.” – “The Times They Are A-Changin’”
|Love is all there is, it makes the world go ’round,
Love and only love, it can’t be denied,
No matter what you think about it,
You just won’t be able to do without it,
Take a tip from one who’s tried.
|“Come you masters of war,
You that build all the guns,
You that build the death planes,
You that build the big bombs,
You that hide behind walls,
You that hide behind desks,
I just want you to know,
I can see through your masks.”
|“Now, a very great man once said,
That some people rob you with a fountain pen.”
|“The flowers of the city,
Though breathlike, get deathlike at times.
And there’s no use in tryin’,
To deal with the dyin’,
Though I cannot explain that in lines.”
|Well, I try my best,
To be just like I am,
But everybody wants you,
To be just like them.
|Democracy don’t rule the world,
You’d better get that in your head,
This world is ruled by violence,
But I guess that’s better left unsaid.
|I’m going out of my mind/With a pain that stops and starts/Like a corkscrew to my heart
/Ever since we’ve been apart
|“I can’t help it if you might think I’m odd, if I say I’m not loving you for what you are but for what you’re not.
Everybody will help you discover what you set out to find, but if I can save you any time, come on, give it to me,
I’ll keep it with mine.” – “I’ll Keep It With Mine”.
|“To be alone with you,
At the close of the day,
With only you in view,
While evening slips away,
It only goes to show,
That while life’s pleasures be few,
The only one I know,
Is when I’m alone with you.”
|“I know you haven’t made your mind up yet, but I would never do you wrong.
I’ve known it from the moment that we met, no doubt in my mind where you belong.” –
“Make You Feel My Love”
|“They are spoon-feeding Casanova to get him to feel more assured,
then they’ll kill him with self-confidence after poisoning him with words.” – “Desolation Row”
|…to live outside the law you must be honest.”
|The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it’s not that way, I wasn’t born to lose you
|“I can’t help it,
If you might think I’m odd,
If I say I’m not loving you for what you are,
But for what you’re not.”
|“…I wanna be your lover, baby,
I don’t wanna be your boss.”
|“She takes just like a woman, yes, she does,
She makes love just like a woman, yes, she does,
And she aches just like a woman,
But she breaks just like a little girl.”
|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
|Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way
|People tell me it’s a sin
To know and feel too much within
I still believe she was my twin
But I lost the ring
She was born in spring
But I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate
|Every man’s conscience is vile and depraved/You cannot depend on it to be your guide when it’s you who must keep it satisfied
|As human gods aim for their mark,
Make everything from toy guns that spark,
To flesh-coloured Christs that glow in the dark,
Easy to see without looking too far,
That not much is really sacred.
|As human gods aim for their mark/Make everything from toy guns that spark
/To flesh-coloured Christs that glow in the dark
/Easy to see without looking too far/That not much is really sacred
|The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen,
But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine.”
|“Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands, with all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves.
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.” – “Mr Tambourine Man”
|“So when you see your neighbour carryin’ somethin’,
Help him with his load,
And don’t go mistaking Paradise,
For that home across the road.”
|“Suicide remarks are torn from the fool’s gold mouthpiece, the hollow horn plays wasted words,
proves to warn that he not busy being born is busy dying.” – “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
|When you wake up in the mornin’, baby, look inside your mirror
You know I won’t be next to you, you know I won’t be near
I’d just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear
As someone who has had you on his mind
|“Well, God is in His heaven,
and we all want what’s His.
But power and greed and corruptible seed,
seem to be all that there is.”
|“Life is sad,
Life is a bust,
All ya can do is do what you must.”
|“I’m not sorry for nothin’ I’ve done,
I’m glad I fought—I only wish we’d won.”
|So one more time at midnight, near the wall
Take off your heavy makeup and your shawl
Won’t you descend from the throne, from where you sit?
Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it
|“’Take care of all your memories,’
Said my friend, Mick,
‘For you cannot relive them.’”
|The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.
|When you’re sad and when you’re lonely,
And you haven’t got a friend,
Just remember that death is not the end.
And all that you’ve held sacred,
Falls down and does not mend,
Just remember that death is not the end.
Trust yourself to do the things that only you know best.
Trust yourself to do what’s right and not be second-guessed.”
|May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation,
When the winds of changes shift.
|“You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way.”
|Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than people who are most content.
|Don’t turn away, you’ll create sorrow,
Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore,
You may not see me tomorrow.
|She wears an Egyptian ring
That sparkles before she speaks
She’s a hypnotist collector
You are a walking antique
|You’re right from your side, I’m right from mine.”
|So when you see your neighbour carryin’ somethin’/Help him with his load/And don’t go mistaking Paradise
/For that home across the road
|Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re trying to be so good,
They’ll stone ya just a-like they said they would,
They’ll stone ya when you’re tryin’ to go home,
Then they’ll stone ya when you’re there all alone,
But I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.
|An innocent man in a living hell,
That’s the story of the Hurricane,
But it won’t be over till they clear his name,
And give him back the time he’s done…
|…old, young, age don’t carry weight,
It doesn’t matter in the end.
|“Half of the people can be part right all of the time,
Some of the people can be all right part of the time,
But all of the people can’t be all right all of the time,
I think Abraham Lincoln said that,
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”,
I said that.”
|You that build all the bombs/You that hide behind walls/You that hide behind desks
/I just want you to know/I can see through your masks
|Don’t have the inclination to look back on any mistake.
|Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.
|Idiot wind blowing every time you move your teeth/You’re an idiot, babe
/It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe
|“She knows there’s no success like failure and that failure’s no success at all.”
|I am a lonesome hobo,
Without family or friends…
…Stay free from petty jealousies,
Live by no man’s code,
And hold your judgment for yourself,
Lest you wind up on this road.
|Why wait any longer for the one you love When he’s standing in front of you.
|“What looks large from a distance, close-up ain’t never that big.”
|It was gravity which pulled us down and destiny which broke us apart.
|“I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shows.
You’d know what a drag it is to see you.” – “Positively 4th Street”
|“We had a falling-out, like lovers often will,
And to think of how she left that night, it still brings me a chill.
And though our separation, it pierced me to the heart,
She still lives inside of me, we’ve never been apart.”
|“…every man’s conscience is vile and depraved,
You cannot depend on it to be your guide,
When it’s you who must keep it satisfied.”
|“Idiot wind, blowing through the buttons of our coats.
Blowing through the letters that we wrote.
Idiot wind, blowing through the dust upon our shelves.
We’re idiots babe. It’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves.” – “Idiot Wind”
|So many roads, so much at stake,
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake.
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take,
To find dignity.
|“You who philosophise disgrace and criticise all fears, take the rag away from your face.
Now ain’t the time for your tears.” – “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”
|Come mothers and fathers,
Throughout the land,
And don’t criticize,
What you can’t understand.
|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.
|“Well now what’s the use in dreamin’,
You got better things to do.
Dreams never did work for me anyway,
Even when they did come true.”
|I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m movin’ but I’m standin’ still
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from