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Thread #151929   Message #3551293
Posted By: GUEST,Allan Conn
21-Aug-13 - 03:01 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan 50yr. hoax
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan 50yr. hoax
You're right Hawk I love that verse too and it makes perfect sense. There are other lyrics which I've not fathomed out yet what they are about. If they are about anything. However that isn't an issue for me anyway. Sometimes it is just the sound of the words themselves or the imagery that is thrown up by them that draws me in.

Anyway of the albums that I mentioned many of the songs are straightforward lyrics and not these abstract ones. It is just great music and can still draw the young uns in. My son was about 16 when he said to me on the sly "Dad what was that song you were listening to about Mr Jones?" It was Ballad Of A Thin Man and he then disappeared with two or three Dylan albums and was hooked. No prompting or direction required from me.

Classic examples of abstract songs are two of David Bowie's lyrics on Hunky Dory (ie one of my all time favourite albums). They are Quicksand and The Bewley Brothers. I haven't a clue what he is singing about but I love the sound and imagery in the lyrics. Doesn't stop me liking the straightforward narrative of old ballads. Doesn't have to be one or the other :-)