Bob Dylan is Messing With Us.

Bob Dylan:

Brilliant musician and genius troubadour?

Or just someone spaced out of their gourd, putting random words together?

It’s hard to tell…depending on which song you listen to:

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He went down to Oxford Town
Guns and clubs followed him down
All because his face was brown
Better get away from Oxford Town

Oxford Town around the bend
He come to the door, can’t get in
All because the color of his skin
What do you think about that, my frien’ ?

– Oxford Town

Friar’s Critique: This light-hearted cheerful tune poignantly contrasts with the dark underlying message of racism and civil unrest.

Biting satire and social commentary at it’s best.  Brilliant.

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I like to do just like the rest, I like my sugar sweet,
But jumping queues and making haste,
It ain’t my cup of meat.
Ev’rybody’s ‘neath the trees,
Feeding pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here,
All the pigeons gonna run to him
.

– Quinn the Eskimo

Friar’s Critique: Okay, this one just makes my head hurt!   An Eskimo named QUINN?  Feeding pigeons?

Rhyming “sweet” with “cup of meat” ?

Bob…tsk! tsk!  tsk!  What were you smoking when you wrote this?

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May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true;
May you always do for others
And let others do for you,
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

-Forever Young

Friar’s Critique: Simple lyrics, but powerful.   This could be a farewell to someone on their deathbed.  It could be advice from a grandfather to a grandson.

This song works on so many levels.  I consider it one of Bob’s hidden gems.

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Lord, I aint’ goin’ down to no race track
See no sports car run
I dont’ have no sports car
And I don’t even care to have one
I can walk anytime around the block.

Well, the wind a keeps a blowin’- me
Up and down the street
With my hat in my hand
And my boots on my feet
Watch out, so you don’t step on me.

– Bob Dylan’s Blues

Friar’s Critique:  There are only two verses but the whole damn song is like this.  Bob’s just wailing away on his acoustic guitar, and spewing words in a random torrent.

I can just picture the coffee shop pseudo-intellectuals listening to this, and hanging onto Bob’s every word.

But I wonder if he even knew what the next sentence was going to be when he sang this?

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There must be some way out of here,” said the joker to the thief,
“There’s too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth

No reason to get excited,” the thief, he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

– “Along the Watchtower”

Friar’s Critique:  The lyrics are totally stupid and make no sense to me whatsoever.   Jokers and thieves along the line.  (Whaaat?) Not to mention servants (which apparently had to be barefoot).

Yet there’s something about this song that’s compelling.

I have images of princesses and dark castles and a knight riding through a torrential storm.  Getting ready for some big show-down with the Forces of Evil.

I’m on the fence with this one.  This is a great song…but don’t try to tell me there was any conscious thought or meaning put behind these lyrics.

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Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

– Mr. Tambourine Man

Friar’s Critique: In my opinion, these have got to be some of the best song lyrics ever written.  This is pure genius.

While other artists at the time were rolling out simple pop songs with “moon-June-spoon ” lyrics, Bob sang about smoke rings of the mind, circus sands and diamond skies.

He was so far ahead of the pack.  My mind reels with visual imagery whenever I hear this song.

The words “Let me forget about today until tomorrow” really hit home.

It’s amazing how one sentence can say so much.

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Well, I got a woman five feet short
She yells and hollers and squeals and snorts
She tickles my nose pats me on the head
Blows me over and kicks me out of bed
(She’s a man eater,
Meat grinder
Bad Loser).

– I shall be Free

Friar’s Critique: (Snicker).    OMG!   He ACTUALLY said “Meat Grinder”.   This entire song is hilarious, and worth checking out.  You know Bob was having a lot of fun when he sang this one.

But what happened to Mr. Poet, Troubadour of our Generation?    This is not exactly the same calibre as Mr. Tambourine Man, is it?

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CONCLUSION
:  There is no way anyone this talented can simultaneously put out such brilliant and such stupid lyrics.    Bob Dylan must be two different people

Either that, or he’s just messing with us.

(You know he is.)

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45 Comments on “Bob Dylan is Messing With Us.”

  1. wendikelly Says:

    Bob Dylan….Oh Friar, You know how many DECADES I have had this conversation?
    The man can’t SING! Yet he compelled a nation to think he was amazing.
    “Yeah but wendi, he sang from his SOUL…..Did he???Or did he sing from his drugs…
    I just don’t know..decades later I just don’t know.


  2. A lot of Bob’s lyrics are metaphorical, allegorical, or just plain poetic license run-amucks. The lyrics should not be dissected apart from the music. Bob is, and will always be, the ruler!

  3. Friar Says:

    @Wendi
    That’s what’s so puzzling about Bob.

    When he is good..he is very, very good. But when he is bad..he is HORRIBLE.

    Some of his songs are much better when sung by other artists, though.

    @Johhnypeepers

    I heard a Bob Dylan interview…they asked him what his lyrics meant…he was annoyed, he basically said don’t even bother trying to figure it out.

    I think like many of of us, he must be sick of the PhD navel-gazers trying to over-analyze him.

    Like you said, people need to stop dissecting his music. Just listen to it and accept it at face value, for what it is.


  4. Friar,

    All your other deep thoughts and commentary aside, there’s an inkling of TRUTH in those lyrics for “I Shall Be Free” you’ve got there. Any man referring to a woman as “five feet short” can damn sure expect to complete the sentence from the floor beside the bed. That’s five feet TALL. Thank you very much!

    As far as the rest, do you suppose he considered that maybe she wasn’t a “Bad Loser”? Maybe she was just tired of the short jokes. Maybe she just wanted to be treated like a woman, not a short woman, and definitely not a little girl. 🙂

    Care to guess how tall I am when I’m not standing on my soapbox? 🙂 I’m just kidding about this one.I don’t necessarily “get” Dylan, but I don’t hate him. Randy Newman on the other hand….talk about messing with “us”.

  5. Matthew Z Says:

    Re All Along the Watchtower.

    Nonsense it is most certainly not. Here are three quotes from the King James Bible that might help:

    And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
    Isaiah 61.5

    The Lord hath sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured…
    Isaiah 62.8

    Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield. For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth. And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed: And he cried A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights: And behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
    Isaiah 21.5-9

  6. Brett Legree Says:

    I always liked the Hendrix interpretation of Watchtower better myself. (hey, I can have an opinion, right?)

    I often try to figure out what the artist was trying to communicate when I listen to music. If I don’t feel like thinking about lyrics, I have lots of instrumental stuff. If I don’t feel like thinking about anything at all, I just turn it all off, and sit outside. Hopefully in a very quiet place!

    (@Matthew Z: good noting this – I’m always amazed at what is behind song lyrics.)

  7. Kelly Says:

    Matthew,

    How cool! I was just going to go look it up on Google because it seemed so Lewis Carroll-ish. It’s biblical. That’s really neat.

    Friar,

    Bob bores me. (Voice and music.) There, I said it. Shoot me.

    I try, well, I don’t try very hard, but, ugh. However, reading the lyrics, some are good. When I listen to him that’s what I always tell myself—yes, but it’s profound, *try* to like it—right before I fall asleep from boredom. Music you have to work so hard to appreciate is not for me.

    Don’t know if you all got the Martin Scorsese series on Dylan that aired on PBS last year in the States. Much more interesting than his music, but irritatingly unfulfilling.

    I did just look up the I Shall Be Free lyrics. That is a hoot.

    Your interpretations, on the other hand, never boring. Thanks.

    Regards,

    Kelly

  8. VinRouge Says:

    I cannot believe people are still asking themselves questions like what means Dylan (or any artist). It’s totally not important. When you appreciate art, it does something, anything, for YOU, regardless of the artist’s thoughts or who he/she is or whatever. If it doesn’t evoke anything within you(r mind), you don’t appreciate.

  9. Friar Says:

    @April

    Oh, I woudlnt’ read to much into the Five Feet “Short” reference. In the same song, he also sings about a woman being the Great Grandaughter or Mr. Clean, another one is a hum-dinger. And he also refers to jumping string beans and air raid drills, President Kennedy, and dinosaurs.

    I dont’ think even Bob knows what Bob is singing. 🙂

    I swear he probably made this one up on stage while he was singing it.

  10. Friar Says:

    @Mathew

    Wow. I…er….stand corrected.

    Didnt’ realize all this was in the Bible. I guess Bob DID get inspired and put some thoughts behind the lyrics, at least for this song.

    @Brett
    Yeah, I like the Hendrix version better too.

    Bob is certainly not the best singer in the world. But it’s a testament to his songwriting ability that a lot of his songs have had better success when performed by other artists (The Band, the Byrds, Hendrix, Tom Petty, Peter Paul and Mary, etc.)

    @Kelly
    Naw…I wont’ shoot you. 🙂 Bob is an acquired taste. Actually, I like it when people question the Status Quo.

    I think some of his stuff is absolutely brilliant..he’s influenced a lot of artists, including the Beatles.

    But I think a lot of his stuff is CRAP, I’m not afraid to admit it. Sometimes I think he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

    He definitely does have a sense of humor. In some of his songs, he starts laughing partway through (and they dont’even bother to re-record it!).

    Here are they lyrics to “I shall be Free” if you want to check them out.

    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/ishallbefree.html

    @VinRouge
    Well, art is all well and good. But if an artist (Whether a singer, painter or writer) spouts gobble-de-gook large portion of their audience is scratching their head, and they don’t “get it”…well, who’s fault is that?

    Mabye the artist doesn’t know how to communicate. (Or maybe they’re just a shitty artist..there’s always THAT possibility!)

    As for Bob…like I said, it could be either/or. That’s what makes the debate so interesting!

    Good discussion!

  11. Karen Swim Says:

    Friar, okay I’m not a Bob Dylan fan. No particular reason why, there just wasn’t a lot of Dylan in our house. However I have of course heard some songs and some of the lyrics above are striking. I actually like the things that are cloaked in biblical symbolism, but I do get your point about the ahem failure to communicate. Sometimes my mind works like this, random, disconnected thoughts in a stream of consciousness. Maybe I should learn to play guitar and then I could get paid for it. 🙂

  12. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    Yeah, sometimes a song dosent’ have to mean anything, it’s just nice to listen to. If I hear something I like, I dont’ try to analyze why I enjoy it…I just DO.

    I saw the documentary “Imagine” and John Lennon was explaining to a fan that he just put words together into a song, randomly. It didnt’ have to mean anything.

    There’s always someone trying to find out “meaning” behind other artists. Like the English PhD’s who can’t write a novel of their own, but will write volumes critiquing other people’s work. Or musicologists who can’t strum three chords, but will dissect songwriters’ lyrics.

    Oh well…at least we have Bob Dylan to help keep these people employed! 🙂


  13. Good lyrics, bad lyrics…….THE MAN CAN’T SING!!! Seriously, that’s as far as I can get with this whole post. Neil Young..and here I’m about to trash a fellow Canadian..he can’t sing either! Okay, maybe this drives me nuts because I can sing, really I can, and not just in the shower, but why are these two guys so popular? Answer me that!

  14. Friar Says:

    @Urban Panther

    What’s funny, is when you listen to Bob, it’s like he KNOWS he can’t sing. And he doesn’t seem to give a shit! 🙂

    I think the Music/Recording Industry has unofficially allowed a quota of ONE PERSON who can’t sing for each country.

    Bob Dylan fills that niche for the U.S. Neil Young is the Canadian equivalent.

  15. VinRouge Says:

    “I think the Music/Recording Industry has unofficially allowed a quota of ONE PERSON who can’t sing for each country.”

    Wrong.

    The Music/Recording Industry are interested in reaching audiences, selling product, making money.
    As long as it sells grand numbers, who cares about someone can or can not sing.

  16. One Penny Profiles Says:

    Bob Dylan is a genius. Period.

  17. Friar Says:

    @One Penny

    I tend to agree…sometimes! 🙂

  18. Friar Says:

    @VinRouge

    No, I think there’s a clause in Bob Dylan’s contract with his record label. Section iii)…Mr Dylan must NOT be able to sing anything discernible, for at least 30% of the album! 🙂

  19. mike Says:

    so what he makes a lot of people happy if you dont like him dont listen to him. me as soon as i hear him iam happy, is there anything wrong with that? and i aint an old hippy i was a punk when i was a kid, still am at heart still got all my old punk stuff on my ipod as well as bob. its music thats all and all you people who listen to his every word then slag him off you must have too much spare time why dont you listen to someone you like? me i dont understand half his stuff but i dont understand lots of music but it dont stop me enjoying. so if you read this bob thanks for all your music and to those people who dont like him there are lots and lots of other music no one makes you listen to him and the world will still be talking about him long after bob and the rest of us have gone can you say the same about your self????

  20. Martha Says:

    I grew up listening to Dylan because my mother put on the records. Then I discovered him for myself. I think he’s great and the songs can mean anything we want. Aldous Huxley once wrote something to the effect of – the biggest frustration for the writer is the fact that his audience never completely understands what he means, even if he wants to be understood. Everyone has their own reality. And Bob just does his thing and doesn’t really give a shit if people understand. That’s up to them. What makes a song remarkable for me (like a good book), is when I hear different things each time I listen to it. I’m guessing his songs have a lot of private jokes. And I must say, sometimes he has a good voice! only IM humble O of course.


  21. I agree, particularly with respect to Tambourine Man, which is indeed pure lyrical genius. My take on this is that Dylan was known for his stream of consciousness approach, which is of course going to lead to as much or more drivel as it is anything worthwhile. Another problem is that Dylan was labeled a cultural icon fairly early in his career, and bought into the hype. Being convinced that everything you produce is golden does not make for the highest standards of artistic quality control. One should remain open to the idea that there is always room for improvement, I suppose.

    Personally I think the best stream of consciousness lyrics are to be found on Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, which has a couple of advantages over Dylan. First of all, the musicianship is amazing. Second, Van Morrison could and still can actually sing.

    One final thought – for me All Along the Watchtower is redeemed by the single line, “and the wind began to howl” – but only when used as the introduction to a classic Jimi Hendrix guitar solo.

  22. Friar Says:

    @mike

    Well, that’s great that Bob Dylan makes you happy. Some of his songs make me happy too.

    But Geez Whiz, there’s nothing wrong with expressing an opinion about someones music (good or bad). That’s what the whole purpose of blogging is…to have an open discussion.

    I appreciate your comments, though.

  23. Friar Says:

    @Martha

    I “discovered” Bob in my 20’s. I do think he has great stuff to say (just not 100% of the time).

    And when he wants to, he CAN sing well 🙂

    @Sad but True

    Yeah, I agree. Look at all the hype Bob got so early on (and the flack he got for playing an electric guitar). Hard to live up to that, I suppose.

    I do think a lot of his music is self-indulgent. But he’s still put out quite a number of great hits, some of which are considered classics. (Which is a lot more than other artists have managed to accomplish).

    I also agree…Hendrix’s solo on “Along the Watchtower” ROCKS.

  24. Satchmo Says:

    Sensing the nature of Bob’s songs depends on your level of energy of awareness, and Bob plays with this throughout his whole life. Many of his songs were written when he was able to tap into fantastic energy sources in, for him and unlike most others, a completely natural way. Witness Gates of Eden, It’s all right Ma, Chimes of Freedom, My Back Pages, etc. Everyone who hears those songs interprets them differently, depending on the level of their energy of awareness. Bob admits he can’t write those anymore, as we get old our energetic conditioning weakens. But now he does other things.
    About his voice. Plain and simple, Bob Dylan has had, well, up until a few years ago when it started to physically go south from use, one of the greatest voices in the history of song performing. A huge secret to understanding Bob, and his voice, is that his performances have always been about the songs and not about him. Way too often we hear the performer with the melodic voice get carried away with listening to themselves, witness most divas. There is more life, direction and creativity in his voice than in any other performer I’ve ever heard WHO WRITES THEIR OWN MATERIAL. He never indulged in the sound of his own voice.


  25. Wow…late to this one…Dylan is texture. A texture of his time. And music.. hm. Beauty there is in the eye of the beholder huh? er…maybe the ear. Apparrently Celine Dion CAN sing , but I cannot bear hearing her. I am sorry just can’t.

    (Friar, I popped round to let you know I watched my first ever South Park episode last night…”Snuke”. LMAO Should I be ashamed? Did I lose some brain cells? 🙂 )

  26. mike Says:

    your 100% right friar its good that we can express an opinon and here is one every time i hear forever young no matter where or when i think of my kids and wish them all that bob says in that song and if every parent was to listen to that song am sure no matter cread or race all would wish the same for there kids then there is masters of war if there is a better anti war song i aint heard it and would love to hear it so please tell me so i can listen too it .some of the songs he wrote in the early 60’s where just so far in front of the rest no wonder he was made out to be this great lyrical genius he was only a young man who wrote songs all the hype would drive any one mad no wonder he didnt tour for years when bob wrote masters of war one of the biggest groups ever wrote love me do after they heard bob and only after they heard him did they start to write songs that made people listen to the meaning of the words and then there was hendrix cant think of any better cover song he loved bob then there is so many other singers,bands who all say bob is the man i rest my case but thats my humble opinion and if you really want way out lyrics try nick cave and the bad seeds great

  27. Friar Says:

    @Satchmo

    Oh, I don’t know…Bob Dylan having one of the “greatest voices in the history of song performing” ???

    Seriously?

    Come one…you’re messing with me, right? 🙂

    Surely, there are other artists who write their own material, but who CAN sing better. (???).

    Lennon-McCartney, perhaps?

    @Janice

    Hey, I was wondering where you were.

    I agree….Celine Dion has “technically perfect” vocals, but I wouldn’t go see her if you PAID ME. I”d much rather see a grizzled old songwriter who can’t sign, but at least who plays and writes his own music!

    As for South Park. GOOD FOR YOU!!!! (You’ve done Friar proud!!) 🙂

  28. Friar Says:

    @Mike

    Yeah, I agree. Masters of War was a pretty intense song. That whole album “Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan” was one of his best.

    But (in case you haven’t read my blog before), I really like to poke fun at everything. It was just Bob’s turn this week. (That’s what the Deep Friar is all about!)

    So don’t take me too seriously, eh? 🙂

  29. mike Says:

    listen friar i thought celine dion as a cleaning product seriously so you taught me something its good to talk what about mr zappa????? now thats music or is it you tell me lol

  30. stophe Says:

    Thank God Dylan did not write only great songs, he’s just a man. But he’s written to me better songs than any other songwriter – Leonard Cohen put aside.

    Analyzing his lyrics is useless, you relate to them or you don’t. That said, the way some of the songs are built is genius.

    There are many ways to sing well, Dylan’s phrasing is unique, and that to me is singing well. He does not have a golden voice, which makes it even better.

  31. Matthew B Says:

    Dylan has written literally hundreds of songs. He has probably 100-200 that are utter masterpieces. Find someone–anyone–from the rock era that is even close. So parsing through the massive canon of his work, it certainly isn’t hard to find some clunkers.

    You didn’t even note the worst ones, like the staggeringly bad “Wiggle, Wiggle.”

    But, that said, even Shakespeare had his misfires. Take this piece from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and obvious masterpiece of Western literature:

    “And even for that do I love you the more.
    I am your spaniel; and, Demetrius,
    The more you beat me, I will fawn on you:
    Use me but as your spaniel, spurn me, strike me,
    Neglect me, lose me; only give me leave,
    Unworthy as I am, to follow you.
    What worser place can I beg in your love,
    And yet a place of high respect with me,
    Than to be used as you use your dog?”

    Basically, “beat me like a dog.”

    C’mon Will, really?

    But that overwrought metaphor does nothing to tarnish “to be or not to be” or several hundred other great lines.

    So…give Bob a break for “five feet short.” Take another look at Dirge, Changing of the Guard, Jokerman, Caribbean Wind, or any number of little-known gems. The good stuff FAR outweighs the bad.

  32. Karen JL Says:

    @ Janice – re: South Park. Yay! You’ve done me proud too. 🙂

    RE: music. It’s *such* a personal thing. You can hate some ‘good’ music and you can love some ‘bad’ music. I know some people who hate the Beatles. Sometimes I just hate myself for liking some ‘manufactured’ singer once in a while. But it’s damn catchy! Who can explain it?

    But I think Dylan sounded better in his younger years (as in you could understand the guy then). And I like the Hendrix version of ‘Watchtower’ better too. 🙂

  33. Matthew B Says:

    The Hendrix version of Watchtower is indeed pretty stunning. However, I think Dylan himself topped it, with he help of his touring band in the 90s (JJ Jackson on lead guitar, Bucky Baxter on slide, Winston Watson on drums, and longtime bassist Tony Garnier, who has toured with Bob from ’88 until present). The interplay between Dylan and this band is tighter than a frog’s ass in water.

    Here is a link to one of the incendiary performances of Watchtower:

  34. Satchmo Says:

    @Friar

    Not messing with you…
    I think you are perhaps stuck (a little) on “melodiosness,” that part of a voice that sounds pretty, like a songbird, great sounding for the ears. Bob’s voice couldn’t be separated from the song, and that 1-2 punch hit your whole body, brain included, not just the ears. Bob’s voice was almost transparent at times, so his songs “smacked you up side the head.” Again, I thoroughly believe one of the main reason’s for his performing fame was that his singing was about the SONG, not about the VOICE.
    I must say your Lennon-McCartney suggestion is a really great one, but they were “team” players in a group, Bob had more freedom alone. Also, show me a song where Bob ever hit a wrong note. He was famous for recording his songs in one take.

  35. Friar Says:

    @mike

    Well, I must admit, I haven’t listened to much Frank Zappa. Nothing against him, I just never got exposed to it. I’ll have to take your word for it that it’s good.

    @Satchmo and Stophe

    Well, yes, I like melodiousnnes…For example, hearing a clarinet play a note is more pleasing to the ear than hearing an air horn. That’s just way it is for most people, I suspect.

    Okay, mabye Bob can’t help the way his vocal chords sound…but he can help the way he mumbles…and I’ve heard some of his concert footage and have seen him in person. . He isn’t exactly crystal clear, sometimes you can hardly hear what he says.

    Hey, don’t get me wrong. I like Bob. But I don’t think he’s the best singer in the world. Not that there’s anything WRONG with that…:-)

    @Mathew B
    Thanks for that link! I’ll have to check out “Wiggle Wiggle”.

    I actually like hearing mediocre output from artists (like that Shakespeare quote you gave me) We tend to canonize artists and writers, and put them up on a pedestal and assume their poo dosent’ smell. I like to see misfires once in a while, it makes them more human.

    @Karen
    Hoo boy. Did I ever open up a can of worms with this post! They say to never discuss religion an politics….well, to some people, I think Bob Dylan IS religion.

    You know how to increase your traffic? Write about a controversial artist. Heck…I got 1800 hits today, which is more than I usually get in 2 weeks.


  36. Writers, like myself, layer in meaning from endless sources, sometimes secret elements that only the two people standing at a precise moment and coordinate of time and space will know the true meaning. The best secrets are the ones that are overlooked by everyone else.

  37. Friar Says:

    @Jaden

    Well said! I don’t really know how to add to that….!!

  38. Karen JL Says:

    Did you *ever* guy!

    Maybe you came up on the ‘WordPress random hot post’ or something…and it caught people’s eyes.

    Well, enjoy the traffic. Hope it sticks.
    Hmm…maybe I can shit on Brad Bird or something… 🙂

  39. Friar Says:

    @Karen

    Well, it was one Bob Dylan website that linked to this post, and was responsible for all the referrals. Holy crap, between yesterday and today, this recieved 2000 hits. (But only a few dozen comments, Thank God).

    I even made WordPress’s July 23 list of “Top Blogs”. Heh heh heh.

    It’s just a fluke. Once this dies down, I’ll fade back to relative anonymity.


  40. Remember the little people when you are on the tour…dear Friar… 2,000 hits….who knew?

    So glad I could do you and Karen proud…I have to find that channel again. I did some serious unplugging from the computer for a few days. Catching up now. 🙂

  41. Friar Says:

    @Janice

    Hey, I’m still a “Little People”. This latest post is a fluke. Once I start bitching about seniors and stupid candy again, the readership will drop back down to normal levels.

    The fact that you like Southpark…well, I’ve gained a whole new level of respect for you 🙂


  42. LOL.

    I am usually up for exploring. :)))

  43. Luke Says:

    Where are you going with this?? Dylan is a ramblin gamblin prophet of a song writer.. You, my friend, lack the mind capacity (and writing skills) to be critiquing his work. Keep listening though….you might learn something.

  44. Friar Says:

    @Luke

    Oh, dear. I dared criticize the Prophet. And yet one more of His disciples accuses me of heresy.

    Where am I going with this? Nowhere. It’s called HUMOR.

    Look, you’re welcome to visit my blog and express your opinions, but you don’t need to get nasty and personally attack me.

    Come on, dude. Act civil. ( That’s what blogging is all about.)


  45. […] I ruffle any feathers (like when I wrote about Bob Dylan),  let me just say that I’m a HUGE Beatles […]


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