Bob Dylan Songs

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  1. wondering

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    Allen Wynne has posted a really great Bob Dylan song in a thread called
    A Taste of My Life.

    I thought it would be a good idea to start a Bob Dylan thread since he's one of the top poets of our day.

    Here is the first one. I'll also post Allen Wynne's later on today.

    Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One
    Written by: Bob Dylan

    When a man he serves the Lord, it makes his life worthwhile
    It don’t matter ’bout his position, it don’t matter ’bout his lifestyle
    Talk about perfection, I ain’t never seen none
    And there ain’t no man righteous, no not one

    Sometimes the devil likes to drive you from the neighborhood
    He’ll even work his ways through those whose intentions are good
    Some like to worship on the moon, others are worshipping the sun
    And there ain’t no man righteous, no not one

    Look around, ya see so many social hypocrites
    Like to make rules for others while they do just the opposite

    You can’t get to glory by the raising and the lowering of no flag
    Put your goodness next to God’s and it comes out like a filthy rag
    In a city of darkness there’s no need of the sun
    And there ain’t no man righteous, no not one

    Done so many evil things in the name of love, it’s a crying shame
    I never did see no fire that could put out a flame

    Pull your hat down, baby, pull the wool down over your eyes
    Keep a-talking, baby, ’til you run right out of alibis
    Someday you’ll account for all the deeds that you done
    Well, there ain’t no man righteous, no not one

    God got the power, man has got his vanity
    Man gotta choose before God can set him free
    Don’t you know there’s nothing new that’s under the sun?
    Well, there ain’t no man righteous, no not one

    When I’m gone don’t wonder where I be
    Just say that I trusted in God and that Christ was in me
    Say He defeated the devil, He was God’s chosen Son
    And that there ain’t no man righteous, no not one
    Copyright Copyright © 1981 Special Rider Music
     
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    Here is Allen Wynne's post...

    A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall
    Bob Dylan

    Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son
    And where have you been, my darling young one
    I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
    I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
    I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
    I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
    I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
    And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
    Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son
    And what did you see, my darling young one
    I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
    I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
    I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
    I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
    I saw a white ladder all covered with water
    I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
    I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
    And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
    And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
    And what did you hear, my darling young one?
    I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warnin'
    Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
    Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'
    Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
    Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
    Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
    Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
    And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
    Oh, what did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
    Who did you meet, my darling young one?
    I met a young child beside a dead pony
    I met a white man who walked a black dog
    I met a young woman whose body was burning
    I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
    I met one man who was wounded in love
    I met another man who was wounded with hatred
    And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
    And what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
    And what'll you do now, my darling young one?
    I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
    I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
    Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
    Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
    Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
    And the executioner's face is always well hidden
    Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
    Where black is the color, where none is the number
    And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
    And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
    Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
    But I'll know my song well before I start singin'
    And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall
    Songwriters: Bob Dylan
     
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    Christian:
    Yes
    Wondering,

    Dylan wrote some interesting lyrics and is an interesting character with an interesting
    voice --- his voice has a "nasal quality" to it that is not unpleasant to the ear and his
    music is certainly unique. Add all that to the "Dylan mystique" and you have a true
    world-class musician known worldwide.

    Wondering, I was wondering if you believe Bob Dylan is a born again Christian?


    Yet by 1984 . . .

    I hope and pray Dylan is a born again Christian and I'm sure you do too.

    Do you have any thoughts about what I bolded red in that last quote block up there.?
     
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    Christian:
    Yes
    You might be a hippie if you like Bob Dylan, lol
     
  7. wondering

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    Is there something wrong with that??
     
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    Christian:
    Yes
    Free love,communal living, make love not war,pass the doobie.

    Nothing wrong with that,lol
     
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    "My Back Pages"

    Crimson flames tied through my ears
    Rollin' high and mighty traps
    Pounced with fire on flaming roads
    Using ideas as my maps
    "We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
    Proud 'neath heated brow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.

    Half-cracked prejudice leaped forth
    "Rip down all hate," I screamed
    Lies that life is black and white
    Spoke from my skull, I dreamed
    Romantic facts of musketeers
    Foundationed deep, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.

    Girls' faces formed the forward path
    From phony jealousy
    To memorizing politics
    Of ancient history
    Flung down by corpse evangelists
    Unthought of, thought, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.

    A self-ordained professor's tongue
    Too serious to fool
    Spouted out that liberty
    Is just equality in school
    "Equality," I spoke the word
    As if a wedding vow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.

    In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
    At the mongrel dogs who teach
    Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
    In the instant that I preach
    My existence led by confusion boats
    Mutiny from stern to bow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.

    Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
    Too noble to neglect
    Deceived me into thinking
    I had something to protect
    Good and bad, I define these terms
    Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.
     
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    Not all hippies believed in the above.
    I know for sure.
     
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    Christian:
    Yes
    Lol,isn't the giveaway.I could post the a ton of art ideas here.I have one in mind.most of these are probably right leaning persons.
     
  12. Allen Wynne

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    You're quite the man Jason.
    Can I get in line to be your friend?
     
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    "All Along The Watchtower"

    "There must be some kind of way out of here,"
    Said the joker to the thief,
    "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
    Businessmen - they drink my wine
    Plowmen dig my earth
    None will level on the line
    Nobody of it is worth."

    "No reason to get excited,"
    The thief - he kindly spoke,
    "There are many here among us
    Who feel that life is but a joke
    But you and I we've been through that
    And this is not our fate
    So let us not talk falsely now
    The hour's getting late."

    All along the watchtower
    Princes kept the view
    While all the women came and went
    Barefoot servants too
    Outside in the cold distance
    A wildcat did growl
    Two riders were approaching
    And the wind began to howl, hey.
     
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    Mike,
    Could you please post the words to St. Augustine?
    I can't find them...
     
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    Hi Jag,
    Who can know for sure what a man's heart holds?
    I remember when everyone was talking about Dylan being a born again believer.
    He's a great poet and I feel like poets don't like to be boxed in. IOW, what would it mean to him to be a born again believer anyway?

    Maybe he has his own way of understanding his relationship with our Lord.
    With people like him, it's difficult to tell if their faith is long-lasting or if they're just going through a "phase".

    I believe, due to the song you mentioned -- I Saw the Light -- that he did have some kind of life converting experience with God. He mentions Jesus.

    Yes. I'd like to think that, no matter how he doesn't want to be labeled, I'd hope that he does know God. Most sensitive people do, in one way or another. OR they are die-hard atheists. So being that he mentions God, I'd put him in the first category.
    That's an opinion. Only he and God know for sure.

    Here's I Saw The Light. Kind of how we all felt when we got to know God.

    I wandered so aimless, life filled with sin
    I wouldn't let my dear savior in
    Then Jesus came like a stranger in the night
    Praise the lord, I saw the light

    I saw the light, I saw the light
    No more darkness, no more night
    Now I'm so happy, no sorrow in sight
    Praise the lord, I saw the light

    Just like a blind man, I wandered alone
    Worries and fears I claimed for my own
    Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
    Praise the lord, I saw the light

    I was a fool to wander and stray
    For straight is the gate and narrow the way
    Now I have traded the wrong for the right
    Praise the lord, I saw the light

    Songwriters
    FRANCIS ROSSI/BOB YOUNG /


     
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    Christian:
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    Hi Wondering,
    That's so true, only God can know the true thoughts and intents of the human heart.

    Me too. We used to sit around in what passed for "Starbucks" back then, sipping on caffeine
    and chatting about this and that, and "Bob Dylan being born again" was one of the subjects.

    He has written some interesting/fascinating lines, that's for sure.

    Probably not much. Its a theological term and it takes a little study and some interest to
    find out what the Lord meant when he said a man had to be born again. By the way, I
    recently discovered [at Bible Gateway] that a large number of orthodox translations
    render John 3:3 as "you must be born from above" instead of "you must be born again.

    " Its not an important matter to me, but I did find it interesting to discover "you must be
    born from above" as one highly reputable translation. I note that my edition of the NIV
    puts "born from above" as the alternative translation for John 3:3 and 3:7

    That's so true.

    I hope he did. The Lord is compassionate and full of Grace and Mercy.

    A beautiful and comforting song.

    Thanks for your reply and for your thoughts.
     
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    Thanks for the lyrics @JAG !

    Here they are for anyone interested:

    "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine"

    I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
    Alive as you or me
    Tearing through these quarters
    In the utmost misery
    With a blanket underneath his arm
    And a coat of solid gold
    Searching for the very souls
    Whom already have been sold.

    "Arise, arise", he cried so loud
    With a voice without restraint
    "Come out ye gifted kings and queens
    And hear my sad complaint
    No martyr is among ye now
    Whom you can call your own
    So go on your way accordingly
    But know you're not alone".

    I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
    Alive with fiery breath
    And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
    That put him out to death
    Oh, I awoke in anger
    So alone and terrified
    I put my fingers against the glass
    And bowed my head and cried.
     
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    JAG ..

    BTW,
    Yes, I knew about the different translation for John 3:3
    My NASB, which I trust very much, has Born Again.
    The Young's Literal Translation has "Born From Above".
    This would be literal, from the Greek.

    Both mean the same thing...
    Born from Above: Born of God's spirit.
    Born Again: Born from flesh AND the spirit of God.
     

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