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Thread #151929 Message #3551054
Posted By: Little Hawk
20-Aug-13 - 11:41 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan 50yr. hoax
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan 50yr. hoax
Just talking about something I've always found interesting, Jeri.
I find plenty of meaning in those songs Dylan wrote during his surrealist phase in 65-66, but there is the odd phrase in them here and there which is probably pretty arbitrary. I don't take the linked article seriously.
Matter of fact, I think some of the most meaningful lyrics ever written are found in some of those songs, such as in "It's Allright, Ma", for one.
Strinsinger - Virtually all male songwriters sound misogynist in some of their songs. That's because we often encounter extreme frustration and disappointment in relationships, same as women do. Gordon Lightfoot, for example, has written many very beautiful and tender love songs, but he also wrote "That's What You Get For Lovin' Me" and "I'm Not Sayin'", which are so absolutely chauvinist that it's almost funny...or infuriating...depending on how seriously you decide to take it.
"Positively Fourth Street" is about as bitter a song as can be imagined. Extraordinary. I'm always surprised when people ask me to play it for them, but some people seem to find it very cathartic, so I will occasionally comply if that's what they really want.