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GUEST 20 Jul 04 - 03:27 PM
The Borchester Echo 20 Jul 04 - 03:38 PM
alanabit 20 Jul 04 - 03:55 PM
The Borchester Echo 20 Jul 04 - 04:05 PM
alanabit 20 Jul 04 - 04:16 PM
The Villan 20 Jul 04 - 04:55 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY (Bob Dylan)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:27 PM

NEIGHBORHOOD BULLY by Bob Dylan

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.


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Subject: RE: A great Bob Dylan song
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:38 PM

This song is about as useful to the Israel/Palestine conflict as the Pete Morton song Two Brothers currently under discussion in   this thread.


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Subject: RE: A great Bob Dylan song
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 03:55 PM

I wish you would give yourself a name, Guest. I am sure plenty of others here know the song too, from the 1983 album Infidels. With Sly and Robbie and Mick Taylor's guitar parts, it rocks a bit too, doesn't it?


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Subject: RE: A great Bob Dylan song
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 04:05 PM

Oh, it's a great sounding song. But it's politically all over the place and trivialises a complex situation as Pete Morton's song does. Not one of Dylan's best-thought-out efforts...


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Subject: RE: A great Bob Dylan song
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 04:16 PM

I don't have to agree with the politics to like the song. It's no great political analysis, I'll give you that, but that's not the basis on which the song works. As you say, it's a great sounding song. I like to think of it as being emotionally articulate rather than politically so.


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Subject: RE: A great Bob Dylan song
From: The Villan
Date: 20 Jul 04 - 04:55 PM

Don't think twice its alright

But sung by Peter Paul and Mary


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