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Favorite Dylan song

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Connemara, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    I think mine is Sara (N.B. I am not a huge Dylan fan, don't know his whole catalogue or anything).
     
  2. ClaretandBlue

    ClaretandBlue Senior member

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    I cannot give you the name of one Bob Dylan song, so I will support you and your opinion. "Sara" is now my favorite Dylan song. [​IMG]
     
  3. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Where Are you Tonight is another gem. Great gospel inflections. Lyrics: There's a long-distance train rolling through the rain, tears on the letter I write. There's a woman I long to touch and I miss her so much but she's drifting like a satellite. There's a neon light ablaze in this green smoky haze, laughter down on Elizabeth Street And a lonesome bell tone in that valley of stone where she bathed in a stream of pure heat. Her father would emphasize you got to be more than street-wise but he practiced what he preached from the heart. A full-blooded Cherokee, he predicted to me the time and the place that the trouble would start. There's a babe in the arms of a woman in a rage And a longtime golden-haired stripper onstage And she winds back the clock and she turns back the page Of a book that no one can write. Oh, where are you tonight? The truth was obscure, too profound and too pure, to live it you have to explode. In that last hour of need, we entirely agreed, sacrifice was the code of the road. I left town at dawn, with Marcel and St. John, strong men belittled by doubt. I couldn't tell her what my private thoughts were but she had some way of finding them out. He took dead-center aim but he missed just the same, she was waiting, putting flowers on the shelf. She could feel my despair as I climbed up her hair and discovered her invisible self. There's a lion in the road, there's a demon escaped, There's a million dreams gone, there's a landscape being raped, As her beauty fades and I watch her undrape, I won't, but then again, maybe I might. Oh, if I could just find you tonight. I fought with my twin, that enemy within, 'til both of us fell by the way. Horseplay and disease is killing me by degrees while the law looks the other way. Your partners in crime hit me up for nickels and dimes, the guy you were lovin' couldn't stay clean. It felt outa place, my foot in his face, but he should-a stayed where his money was green. I bit into the root of forbidden fruit with the juice running down my leg. Then I dealt with your boss, who'd never known about loss and who always was too proud to beg. There's a white diamond gloom on the dark side of this room and a pathway that leads up to the stars. If you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, remind me to show you the scars. There's a new day at dawn and I've finally arrived. If I'm there in the morning, baby, you'll know I've survived. I can't believe it, I can't believe I'm alive, But without you it just doesn't seem right. Oh, where are you tonight? This line is a killer: "If you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, remind me to show you the scars." You can tell Bob had a few cocktails before writing this one. [​IMG]
     
  4. gamelan

    gamelan Senior member

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    All Along The Watchtower.

    but the dead weather's cover of New Pony is pretty kick ass.

    and honourable mention to Lay Lady Lay and Mr Tambourine Man.

    -Jeff
     
  5. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Like a Rolling Stone.

    I saw Dylan do it live in the 1960s ( not this performance )

    How many songs are considered absolutely iconic 40 years later and define a generation?
     
  6. Fatto_in_Italia

    Fatto_in_Italia Well-Known Member

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    Picking an alltime favorite bob dylan song is sheer impossible..
    For some time reason iTunes keeps putting on 'lay lady lay' a lot lately, and I have to say it's definately one of my favorites..

    Tomorrow it'll probably be a different one
     
  7. RedLantern

    RedLantern Senior member

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    Song to Woody
    Don't think twice it's alright
    With God on our side
    Only a pawn in their game
    All I really want to do
    It's all over now, baby blue
    Like a Rolling Stone
    Positively 4th street
    I threw it all away
    ...

    I'll stop there for now.
     
  8. imightbechad

    imightbechad Senior member

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    Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
     
  9. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Visions of Johanna
    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
     
  10. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.
     
  11. StephenHero

    StephenHero Senior member

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    Like A Rolling Stone
    Visions of Johanna
    Desolation Row
    Just Like a Woman
     
  12. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.
    Bryan Ferry's cover is great.
     
  13. Jekyll

    Jekyll Senior member

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    This question is impossible. I think Highway 61 Revisited is probably my favorite album, so let's say every song on there. Blonde on Blonde is great too. It's not on the same level, but I've also been playing Infidels quite a bit recently.
     
  14. Crooow

    Crooow Senior member

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    "Maggie's Farm". It's so simple, yet it encapsulates everything I think of when I think about Bob Dylan.



    FWIW, "All Along the Watchtower" would have been my choice, but that's Jimi's song (I don't care who wrote and performed it originally).
     
  15. Nouveau Pauvre

    Nouveau Pauvre Senior member

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    Dont Think Twice It's All Right.
     
  16. chronoaug

    chronoaug Senior member

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    I listen to a shit ton of dylan. My top 3 (though it changes occasionally)

    to ramona
    my back pages
    the times they are a changin
     
  17. why

    why Senior member

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    Way too hard to pick. Here's a few off the top of my head for lyrical quality: Boots of Spanish Leather When the Ship Comes In It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding Some of his more playful and fun songs that I like: Bob Dylan's 115th Dream Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance Jet Pilot
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  18. milosz

    milosz Senior member

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    "Masters of War" - arguably juvenile and simple, but honest and raw even for a protest song.
     
  19. Blog Marley

    Blog Marley Senior member

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    Like a Rolling Stone
    Knockin' on Heavens Door (I'm actually surprised I'm the first to mention it)
     
  20. MsMcGillicuddy

    MsMcGillicuddy Senior member

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    Like a Rolling Stone

    It's also a great stress-releaver for me when I'm playing it on guitar.
     

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