Happy birthday, Bob Dylan

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The only time I saw you; distant

view on a home counties airfield,

singing I Want You as a slow ballad.  


My dear friend Dave, whose best of hearts

still let him down, introduced you

to me, lent me LPs. My faith


wavered when you found religion.

Caught up with your later albums

eventually, but that old hobo voice –


the same voice mocked by others

from the very beginning –

was hard on the ear. Your words


won the Nobel prize, attracting

more praise and mockery. I often

prefer others’ versions of your songs.


But happy birthday, Bob Dylan,  

at 80, survivor, troubadour and poet.

Admiration and allegiance minus zero.

◄ Andy Capp

'Subterranean Homesick Blues' on Juke Box Jury ►


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Greg Freeman

Sun 23rd May 2021 08:49

Many thanks for your comments, Stephen and Graham. And for the Likes, Jordyn, Stephen A, Holden, and Aviva. Apparently Bob's birthday is tomorrow. Looking forward to some commemorative TV this coming week, including a re-run of Don't Look Back ('I'm on the pavement, thinking 'bout the government')

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 23rd May 2021 00:48

Seen Bob four times here in UK over many years. An enigma for sure. The words of Positively 4th Street were the soundtrack of my late teens that still cut deep. I think he should have shared the Nobel with Cohen.
Thanks for this Greg!

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Stephen Gospage

Sat 22nd May 2021 17:59

Fascinating take on it, Greg. Bob Willis liked both Dylan and Wagner, as do I.
They have more in common than we might think.

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