‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’ by Bob Dylan

 

bob-daylan-8x10-photo-107There is some controversy over Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature,  yet it would be difficult to find anyone who has had more of an impact on more people with their words than Bob Dylan.  Many consider Bob Dylan a poet, and the tradition of a poet putting their words into music goes way back.

Another reason Dylan is a good selection is that, yes, Bob Dylan is from the United States, but he is known and admired throughout the world.

As my last argument that he deserves the prize as well as to honor Bob Dylan, I am setting down the words to one of his great lyrics.  You might want to listen to the song too.  Here are both the Bob Dylan version and the Joan Baez version.

 

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” by Bob Dylan   (1965)

 

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
The empty handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
Your empty handed armies, are all going home
Your lover who just walked out the door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start a new
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue.

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11 responses to this post.

  1. No argument from my house – I think it’s brill!

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  2. No quibbles from me either. Aside from all the lyrics, I loved his memoir Chronicles -still hoping for vol 2.

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  3. There’s almost always controversy about the Nobel Prize in literature

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  4. ….but Dylan is a worthy winner. His words and songs changed the world. The beat poets were in doubt that he was one of their own.

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    • Hi Alastair,
      I remember there were some tie-ins between the folkies and the beat poets as some of the early hootenaneys did contain poetry readings.
      Dylan’s original guru when he was starting out was Woody Guthrie, the guy who wrote ‘This Land is Your Land’. That would probably be a better national anthem than the one we have. 🙂

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  5. “Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you” great advice as always 💕

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  6. Tony, I am won over by Bob Dylan’s rude response to the Nobel. He’s definitely be there, if at all possible? So funny! I wish it had gone to a writer, but he gives them the response they deserve. Maybe he doesn’t mean that… I don’t know.

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    • Hi Kat,
      If he has a concert scheduled at the same time, I can’t blame him for not going. They probably will hold it around his schedule. My pick for an American fiction writer to win the Nobel – Anne Tyler – is probably not the expected. I feel her originality is underrated especially for her first thirty years.

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