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Bob Dylan (Musician)

There's no black and white, left and right to me anymore; there's only up and down and down is very close to the ground. And I'm trying to go up without thinking about anything trivial such as politics. They has got nothing to do with it. I'm thinking about the general people and when they get hurt.
Bob Dylan politics
a poem is a naked person . . . some people say that I am a poet
Bob Dylan people
Reporter: How many people who labor in the same musical vineyard in which you toil - how many are protest singers? That is, people who use their music, and use the songs to protest the, uh, social state in which we live today: the matter of war, the matter of crime, or whatever it might be.Bob Dylan: Um...how many?Reporter: Yes. How many?Bob Dylan: Uh, I think there's about, uh...136.Reporter: You say about 136, or you mean exactly 136?Bob Dylan: Uh, it's either 136 or 142.
Bob Dylan war
Keep a good head and always carry a light bulb.
Bob Dylan light
God, I'm glad I'm not me.
Bob Dylan god
Chaos is a friend of mine.
Bob Dylan friend
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
Bob Dylan freedom
The first two lines, which rhymed 'kiddin' you' and 'didn't you,' just about knocked me out, and later on, when I got to the jugglers and the chrome horse and the princess on the steeple, it all just about got to be too much.
Bob Dylan you
People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around — the music and the ideas.
Bob Dylan music
That ear - I mean, Jesus, he's got to will that to the Smithsonian.
Bob Dylan will
Becauseandandwere telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind.
Bob Dylan mind
We may not be able to defeat these swine, but we don't have to join them.
Bob Dylan win
Sometimes you say things in songs even if there's a small chance of them being true. And sometimes you say things that have nothing to do with the truth of what you want to say and sometimes you say things that everyone knows to be true. Then again, at the same time, you're thinking that the only truth on earth is that there is no truth on it. Whatever you are saying, you're saying in a ricky-tick way. There's never time to reflect. You stitched and pressed and packed and drove, is what you did.
Bob Dylan truth
The road out would be treacherous, and I didn’t know where it would lead but I followed it anyway. It was a strange world ahead that would unfold, a thunderhead of a world with jagged lightning edges. Many got it wrong and never did get it right. I went straight into it. It was wide open. One thing for sure, not only was it not run by God, but it wasn’t run by the devil either.
Bob Dylan world
I put one on the turntable and when the needle dropped, I was stunned — didn't know whether I was stoned or straight.
Bob Dylan need
Morality has nothing in common with politics.
Bob Dylan politics
I had ambitions to set out and find, like an odyssey or going home somewhere… set out to find… this home that I’d left a while back and couldn’t remember exactly where it was, but I was on my way there. And encountering what I encountered on the way was how I envisioned it all. I didn’t really have any ambition at all. I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be, and so, I’m on my way home, you know?
Bob Dylan home
You can't be wise and in love at the same time.
Bob Dylan love
He's a pinboy. He also wears suspenders. He's a real person. You know him, but not by that name... I saw him come into the room one night and he looked like a camel. He proceeded to put his eyes in his pocket. I asked this guy who he was and he said, "That's Mr. Jones." Then I asked this cat, "Doesn't he do anything but put his eyes in his pocket?" And he told me, "He puts his nose on the ground." It's all there, it's a true story.
Bob Dylan story
I don't call myself a poet, because I don't like the word.
Bob Dylan self
I readin maybe 1959. It changed my life like it changed everyone else's.
Bob Dylan life
Someone handed me Mexico City Blues in St. Paul [Minnesota] in 1959 and it blew my mind. It was the first poetry that spoke my own language.
Bob Dylan poetry
It’s not a character like in a book or a movie. He’s not a bus driver. He doesn’t drive a forklift. He’s not a serial killer. It’s me who’s singing that, plain and simple. We shouldn’t confuse singers and performers with actors. Actors will say, “My character this, and my character that.” Like beating a dead horse. Who cares about the character? Just get up and act. You don’t have to explain it to me.
Bob Dylan book
It's peculiar and unnerving in a way to see so many young people walking around with cellphones and iPods in their ears and so wrapped up in media and video games. It robs them of their self-identity. It's a shame to see them so tuned out to real life. Of course they are free to do that, as if that's got anything to do with freedom. The cost of liberty is high, and young people should understand that before they start spending their life with all those gadgets.
Bob Dylan life
You sound like a hillbilly; We want folk singers here.
Bob Dylan sin
A lot of people don't have much food on their table But they got a lot of forks and knives And they gotta cut something
Bob Dylan people
Hey, hey, , I wrote you a song, 'bout a funny ol' world that's a-comin' along
Bob Dylan funny
Seems sick an' it's hungry, it's tired an' it's torn, it looks like it's a-dyin' an' it's hardly been born.
Bob Dylan
Here's toan'an'too, an' to all the good people that traveled with you.
Bob Dylan people
here's to the hearts an' the hands of the men, that come with the dust and are gone with the wind.
Bob Dylan art
How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?
Bob Dylan man
How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
Bob Dylan man
How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
Bob Dylan man
Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea?
Bob Dylan man
How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
Bob Dylan time
Yes, and how many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?
Bob Dylan death
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
Bob Dylan friend
So if you're travelin' in the north country fair, Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline, Remember me to one who lives there. She once was a true love of mine.
Bob Dylan love
All the money you made will never buy back your soul.
Bob Dylan soul
You ain't worth the blood that runs in your veins.
Bob Dylan you
There is one thing I know though I'm younger than you Even Jesus would not forgive what you do
Bob Dylan you
And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand o'er your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead
Bob Dylan hope
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it.
Bob Dylan wild
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken.
Bob Dylan broken
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world.
Bob Dylan world
I met a white man who walked a black dog.
Bob Dylan man
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’.
Bob Dylan art
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
Bob Dylan rain
I once loved a woman, a child I am told I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.
Bob Dylan love
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.
Bob Dylan time
Goodbye is too good a word, girl So I'll just say fare thee well.
Bob Dylan good
I got into the driver's seat and drove down 42nd Street in my . Good car to drive after a war.
Bob Dylan war
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 the people can't be all right all the time. I thinksaid that.I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours. I said that.
Bob Dylan dreams
Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown. And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin’Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’.
Bob Dylan time
Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s naming.’ For the loser now will be later to win
Bob Dylan writers
Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don’t criticize What you can’t understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin'.
Bob Dylan man
Come Congressmen, Senators, please heed the call Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall For he who gets hurt will be he who has
Bob Dylan men
stalled There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’.
Bob Dylan battle
You prayed to the Lord above Oh please send you a friend Your empty pockets tell yuh That you ain’t a-got no friend
Bob Dylan you
There’s seven people dead On a South Dakota farm Somewhere in the distance There's seven new people born
Bob Dylan people
If there's anyone who knows, is there anyone who cares?
Bob Dylan care
You never ask questions When God's on your side
Bob Dylan you
You don't count the dead When God's on your side
Bob Dylan you
But I can’t think for you You’ll have to decide WhetherHad God on his side
Bob Dylan you
The words fill my head, and fall to the floor, that if God's on our side, he'll stop the next war.
Bob Dylan war
But if the arrow is straight, And the point is slick, It can pierce through dust no matter how thick.
Bob Dylan
Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night And the diamonds from the deepest ocean I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss For that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'.
Bob Dylan kiss
Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way, I'm sure your mind is roamin'. I'm sure your heart is not with me, But with the country to where you're goin'.
Bob Dylan love
All I really want to do is, baby, be friends with you.
Bob Dylan friends
I ain't looking for you to feel like me, see like me, or be like me.
Bob Dylan you
Far between sundown’s finish an’ midnight’s 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, An’ for each an’ ev’ry underdog soldier in the night, An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Bob Dylan war
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, An’ the poet and the painter far behind his rightful time An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Bob Dylan time
Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
Bob Dylan you
In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teachFearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instance that I preached My existence led by confusion boats, mutiny from stern to bow.
Bob Dylan existence
I had to say something to strike him very weird so I yelled out "I likeand his beard."
Bob Dylan weird
All is gone, all is gone, admit it, take flight. I gagged twice, doubled, tears blinding my sight. My mind it was mangled, I ran into the night Leaving all of love's ashes behind me.The wind knocks my window, the room it is wet. The words to say I'm sorry, I haven't found yet. I think of her often and hope whoever she's met Will be fully aware of how precious she is. Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "How good, how good does it feel to be free?" And I answer them most mysteriously, "Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?"
Bob Dylan love
Go away from my window, Leave at your own chosen speed, I'm not the one you want, babe, I'm not the one you need. You say you're looking for someone, Who's never weak but always strong, To protect you and defend you, Whether you are right or wrong, Someone to open each and every door, But it ain't me, babe, No, no, no, it ain't me, babe, It ain't me you're looking for, babe.
Bob Dylan you
Complete lyrics
Bob Dylan lyrics
Johnny's in the basement Mixing up the medicine I'm on the pavement Thinking about the government The man in the trenchcoat Badge out, laid off Says he's got a bad cough Wants to get it paid offLook out kid It's somethin' you did God knows when But you're doin' it again
Bob Dylan men
You don't need a weather man To know which way the wind blows
Bob Dylan man
Get jailed, jump bail Join the army, if you fail
Bob Dylan you
Don't follow leaders Watch the parkin' meters
Bob Dylan leaders
Twenty years of schoolin' And they put you on the day shift
Bob Dylan school
The pump don't work 'Cause the vandals took the handles
Bob Dylan work
She's got everything she needs, she's an artist, she don't look back.
Bob Dylan art
She could take the dark out the nighttime and paint the daytime black.
Bob Dylan time
But you will wind up peeking through her keyhole down upon your knees.
Bob Dylan you
Well, I try my best To be just like I am But everybody wants you To be just like them
Bob Dylan body
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more.
Bob Dylan work
There's no success like failure, and failure's no success at all.
Bob Dylan success
She knows too much to argue or to judge.
Bob Dylan
In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, Read books repeat quotations, Draw conclusions on the wall.
Bob Dylan books
Don't ask me nothin' about nothin'. I just might tell you the truth.
Bob Dylan truth
The ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.
Bob Dylan dream
Oh, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.
Bob Dylan dance
It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
Bob Dylan
And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme...
Bob Dylan you
Take me disappearing, through the smoke rings of my mind, down the foggy ruins of time...
Bob Dylan time
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves, let me forget about today until tomorrow.
Bob Dylan memory
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me. I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me. In the jingle-jangle morning, I'll come following you.
Bob Dylan sleep

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