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Bob Dylan’s Dream

While riding on a train goin’ west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung
Our words were told, our songs were sung
Where we longed for nothin’ and were quite satisfied
Talkin’ and a-jokin’ about the world outside

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold
We never thought we could ever get old
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one

As easy it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split

How many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a friend
And each one I’ve never seen again

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that

Kommentar Richard Williams:

One man’s plagiarism is another man’s folk process. Dylan lifts themelody of the traditional Lord Franklin, and some of its lyric tropes, to create a poignant and astonishingly mature reflection on the evanescence of youth, sketched with a few deft brush strokes. If you were 16 at the time, he strengthened the resolve to enjoy your precious time, and deepened your appreciation of it after it had gone.

2011 22 Mai

Bob, 70

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Am Dienstag wird Bob Dylan 70, und ich freue mich riesig auf das Konzert in Mainz Ende Juni. Richard Williams (er tauchte schon mal in meiner Bob-Marley-Geschichte „Catch A Fire“ auf) stellt im „Guardian“ seine 20 Lieblingslieder von His Bobness vor.

Da finden sich dann auch viele, die ihre  „favourite songs“  präsentieren. Besonders gut gefällt mir eine Mail von miserlyoldgit; zum Ende hin, nachdem er seine liebsten Lieder benannte, schreibt er:

„To be honest, i don’t like lists and under other circumstances I would just play all my Dylan vinyl, including the various bootlegs and then move onto the cds.Something I hope to start at about 7 this evening. Will you all be joining me in similar endeavours wherever you are spending the weekend?“

P.S. Münsters bester Musikjournalist,  Andreas „The Flying“ Dewald, war ganz beglückt, daß Richard Williams ganz oben auf seiner Liste einen Song hatte, der auch zu seinen liebsten und gar nicht so berühmten Songs zählt: Bob Dylan´s Dream (aus: The Freewheelin´ Bob Dylan)

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