Thursday 17 November 2016

Memory and fate

Bob Dylan's nobel prize for literature and his unenthusiatic acknowledgement of the award have put him back in the news. My favourite Dylan song at the moment has been covered by many; perhaps that's why I'd previously dismissed it as 'commercial'. This summer I heard it sung around a fire, so I revisited the words. It contains gems such as "the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming" (just as the street doesn't inspire his poetry, our old ways can't inspire the new), and "I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade, Into my own parade" (he will accept whatever the future brings, whether he becomes famous or a nameless vagabond).

There's also a bit about waves:

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 

Amen, brother!

Mr. Tambourine Man lyrics © Bob Dylan Music Co. 
Youtube video by BobDylanTv:

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