Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature

Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature

When I first received this Nobel Prize for
Literature, I got to wondering exactly how
my songs related to literature.
I wanted to reflect on it and see where the
connection was.
I’m going to try to articulate that to you.
And most likely it will go in a roundabout
way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile
and purposeful.
If I was to go back to the dawning of it all,
I guess I’d have to start with Buddy Holly.
Buddy died when I was about eighteen and he
was twenty-two.
From the moment I first heard him, I felt
I felt related, like he was an older brother.
I even thought I resembled him.
Buddy played the music that I loved – the
music I grew up on: country western, rock
‘n’ roll, and rhythm and blues.
Three separate strands of music that he intertwined
and infused into one genre.
One brand.
And Buddy wrote songs – songs that had beautiful
melodies and imaginative verses.
And he sang great – sang in more than a few
He was the archetype.
Everything I wasn’t and wanted to be.
I saw him only but once, and that was a few
days before he was gone.
I had to travel a hundred miles to get to
see him play, and I wasn’t disappointed.
He was powerful and electrifying and had a
commanding presence.
I was only six feet away.
He was mesmerizing.
I watched his face, his hands, the way he
tapped his foot, his big black glasses, the
eyes behind the glasses, the way he held his
guitar, the way he stood, his neat suit.
Everything about him.
He looked older than twenty-two.
Something about him seemed permanent, and
he filled me with conviction.
Then, out of the blue, the most uncanny thing
He looked me right straight dead in the eye,
and he transmitted something.
Something I didn’t know what.
And it gave me the chills.
I think it was a day or two after that that
his plane went down.
And somebody – somebody I’d never seen before
– handed me a Leadbelly record with the song
“Cottonfields” on it.
And that record changed my life right then
and there.
Transported me into a world I’d never known.
It was like an explosion went off.
Like I’d been walking in darkness and all
of the sudden the darkness was illuminated.
It was like somebody laid hands on me.
I must have played that record a hundred times.
It was on a label I’d never heard of with
a booklet inside with advertisements for other
artists on the label: Sonny Terry and Brownie
McGhee, the New Lost City Ramblers, Jean Ritchie,
string bands.
I’d never heard of any of them.
But I reckoned if they were on this label
with Leadbelly, they had to be good, so I
needed to hear them.
I wanted to know all about it and play that
kind of music.
I still had a feeling for the music I’d grown
up with, but for right now, I forgot about
Didn’t even think about it.
For the time being, it was long gone.
I hadn’t left home yet, but I couldn’t wait
I wanted to learn this music and meet the
people who played it.
Eventually, I did leave, and I did learn to
play those songs.
They were different than the radio songs that
I’d been listening to all along.
They were more vibrant and truthful to life.
With radio songs, a performer might get a
hit with a roll of the dice or a fall of the
cards, but that didn’t matter in the folk
Everything was a hit.
All you had to do was be well versed and be
able to play the melody.
Some of these songs were easy, some not.
I had a natural feeling for the ancient ballads
and country blues, but everything else I had
to learn from scratch.
I was playing for small crowds, sometimes
no more than four or five people in a room
or on a street corner.
You had to have a wide repertoire, and you
had to know what to play and when.
Some songs were intimate, some you had to
shout to be heard.
By listening to all the early folk artists
and singing the songs yourself, you pick up
the vernacular.
You internalize it.
You sing it in the ragtime blues, work songs,
Georgia sea shanties, Appalachian ballads
and cowboy songs.
You hear all the finer points, and you learn
the details.
You know what it’s all about.
Takin’ the pistol out and puttin’ it back
in your pocket.
Whippin’ your way through traffic, talkin’
in the dark.
You know that Stagger Lee was a bad man and
that Frankie was a good girl.
You know that Washington is a bourgeois town
and you’ve heard the deep-pitched voice of
John the Revelator and you saw the Titanic
sink in a boggy creek.
And you’re pals with the wild Irish rover
and the wild colonial boy.
You heard the muffled drums and the fifes
that played lowly.
You’ve seen the lusty Lord Donald stick a
knife in his wife, and a lot of your comrades
have been wrapped in white linen.
I had all the vernacular down.
I knew the rhetoric.
None of it went over my head – the devices,
the techniques, the secrets, the mysteries
– and I knew all the deserted roads that it
traveled on, too.
I could make it all connect and move with
the current of the day.
When I started writing my own songs, the folk
lingo was the only vocabulary that I knew,
and I used it.
But I had something else as well.
I had principles and sensibilities and an
informed view of the world.
And I had had that for a while.
Learned it all in grammar school.
Don Quixote, Ivanhoe, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s
Travels, Tale of Two Cities, all the rest
– typical grammar school reading that gave
you a way of looking at life, an understanding
of human nature, and a standard to measure
things by.
I took all that with me when I started composing
And the themes from those books worked their
way into many of my songs, either knowingly
or unintentionally.
I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody
ever heard, and these themes were fundamental.
Specific books that have stuck with me ever
since I read them way back in grammar school
– I want to tell you about three of them:
Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front
and The Odyssey.
Moby Dick is a fascinating book, a book that’s
filled with scenes of high drama and dramatic
The book makes demands on you.
The plot is straightforward.
The mysterious Captain Ahab – captain of a
ship called the Pequod – an egomaniac with
a peg leg pursuing his nemesis, the great
white whale Moby Dick who took his leg.
And he pursues him all the way from the Atlantic
around the tip of Africa and into the Indian
He pursues the whale around both sides of
the earth.
It’s an abstract goal, nothing concrete or
He calls Moby the emperor, sees him as the
embodiment of evil.
Ahab’s got a wife and child back in Nantucket
that he reminisces about now and again.
You can anticipate what will happen.
The ship’s crew is made up of men of different
races, and any one of them who sights the
whale will be given the reward of a gold coin.
A lot of Zodiac symbols, religious allegory,
Ahab encounters other whaling vessels, presses
the captains for details about Moby.
Have they seen him?
There’s a crazy prophet, Gabriel, on one of
the vessels, and he predicts Ahab’s doom.
Says Moby is the incarnate of a Shaker god,
and that any dealings with him will lead to
He says that to Captain Ahab.
Another ship’s captain – Captain Boomer – he
lost an arm to Moby.
But he tolerates that, and he’s happy to have
He can’t accept Ahab’s lust for vengeance.
This book tells how different men react in
different ways to the same experience.
A lot of Old Testament, biblical allegory:
Gabriel, Rachel, Jeroboam, Bildah, Elijah.
Pagan names as well: Tashtego, Flask, Daggoo,
Fleece, Starbuck, Stubb, Martha’s Vineyard.
The Pagans are idol worshippers.
Some worship little wax figures, some wooden
Some worship fire.
The Pequod is the name of an Indian tribe.
Moby Dick is a seafaring tale.
One of the men, the narrator, says, “Call
me Ishmael.”
Somebody asks him where he’s from, and he
says, “It’s not down on any map.
True places never are.”
Stubb gives no significance to anything, says
everything is predestined.
Ishmael’s been on a sailing ship his entire
Calls the sailing ships his Harvard and Yale.
He keeps his distance from people.
A typhoon hits the Pequod.
Captain Ahab thinks it’s a good omen.
Starbuck thinks it’s a bad omen, considers
killing Ahab.
As soon as the storm ends, a crewmember falls
from the ship’s mast and drowns, foreshadowing
what’s to come.
A Quaker pacifist priest, who is actually
a bloodthirsty businessman, tells Flask, “Some
men who receive injuries are led to God, others
are led to bitterness.”
Everything is mixed in.
All the myths: the Judeo Christian bible,
Hindu myths, British legends, Saint George,
Perseus, Hercules – they’re all whalers.
Greek mythology, the gory business of cutting
up a whale.
Lots of facts in this book, geographical knowledge,
whale oil – good for coronation of royalty
– noble families in the whaling industry.
Whale oil is used to anoint the kings.
History of the whale, phrenology, classical
philosophy, pseudo-scientific theories, justification
for discrimination – everything thrown in
and none of it hardly rational.
Highbrow, lowbrow, chasing illusion, chasing
death, the great white whale, white as polar
bear, white as a white man, the emperor, the
nemesis, the embodiment of evil.
The demented captain who actually lost his
leg years ago trying to attack Moby with a
We see only the surface of things.
We can interpret what lies below any way we
see fit.
Crewmen walk around on deck listening for
mermaids, and sharks and vultures follow the
Reading skulls and faces like you read a book.
Here’s a face.
I’ll put it in front of you.
Read it if you can.
Tashtego says that he died and was reborn.
His extra days are a gift.
He wasn’t saved by Christ, though, he says
he was saved by a fellow man and a non-Christian
at that.
He parodies the resurrection.
When Starbuck tells Ahab that he should let
bygones be bygones, the angry captain snaps
back, “Speak not to me of blasphemy, man,
I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.”
Ahab, too, is a poet of eloquence.
He says, “The path to my fixed purpose is
laid with iron rails whereon my soul is grooved
to run.”
Or these lines, “All visible objects are but
pasteboard masks.”
Quotable poetic phrases that can’t be beat.
Finally, Ahab spots Moby, and the harpoons
come out.
Boats are lowered.
Ahab’s harpoon has been baptized in blood.
Moby attacks Ahab’s boat and destroys it.
Next day, he sights Moby again.
Boats are lowered again.
Moby attacks Ahab’s boat again.
On the third day, another boat goes in.
More religious allegory.
He has risen.
Moby attacks one more time, ramming the Pequod
and sinking it.
Ahab gets tangled up in the harpoon lines
and is thrown out of his boat into a watery
Ishmael survives.
He’s in the sea floating on a coffin.
And that’s about it.
That’s the whole story.
That theme and all that it implies would work
its way into more than a few of my songs.
All Quiet on the Western Front was another
book that did.
All Quiet on the Western Front is a horror
This is a book where you lose your childhood,
your faith in a meaningful world, and your
concern for individuals.
You’re stuck in a nightmare.
Sucked up into a mysterious whirlpool of death
and pain.
You’re defending yourself from elimination.
You’re being wiped off the face of the map.
Once upon a time you were an innocent youth
with big dreams about being a concert pianist.
Once you loved life and the world, and now
you’re shooting it to pieces.
Day after day, the hornets bite you and worms
lap your blood.
You’re a cornered animal.
You don’t fit anywhere.
The falling rain is monotonous.
There’s endless assaults, poison gas, nerve
gas, morphine, burning streams of gasoline,
scavenging and scabbing for food, influenza,
typhus, dysentery.
Life is breaking down all around you, and
the shells are whistling.
This is the lower region of hell.
Mud, barbed wire, rat-filled trenches, rats
eating the intestines of dead men, trenches
filled with filth and excrement.
Someone shouts, “Hey, you there.
Stand and fight.”
Who knows how long this mess will go on?
Warfare has no limits.
You’re being annihilated, and that leg of
yours is bleeding too much.
You killed a man yesterday, and you spoke
to his corpse.
You told him after this is over, you’ll spend
the rest of your life looking after his family.
Who’s profiting here?
The leaders and the generals gain fame, and
many others profit financially.
But you’re doing the dirty work.
One of your comrades says, “Wait a minute,
where are you going?”
And you say, “Leave me alone, I’ll be back
in a minute.”
Then you walk out into the woods of death
hunting for a piece of sausage.
You can’t see how anybody in civilian life
has any kind of purpose at all.
All their worries, all their desires – you
can’t comprehend it.
More machine guns rattle, more parts of bodies
hanging from wires, more pieces of arms and
legs and skulls where butterflies perch on
teeth, more hideous wounds, pus coming out
of every pore, lung wounds, wounds too big
for the body, gas-blowing cadavers, and dead
bodies making retching noises.
Death is everywhere.
Nothing else is possible.
Someone will kill you and use your dead body
for target practice.
Boots, too.
They’re your prized possession.
But soon they’ll be on somebody else’s feet.
There’s Froggies coming through the trees.
Merciless bastards.
Your shells are running out.
“It’s not fair to come at us again so soon,”
you say.
One of your companions is laying in the dirt,
and you want to take him to the field hospital.
Someone else says, “You might save yourself
a trip.”
“What do you mean?”
“Turn him over, you’ll see what I mean.”
You wait to hear the news.
You don’t understand why the war isn’t over.
The army is so strapped for replacement troops
that they’re drafting young boys who are of
little military use, but they’re draftin’
’em anyway because they’re running out of
Sickness and humiliation have broken your
You were betrayed by your parents, your schoolmasters,
your ministers, and even your own government.
The general with the slowly smoked cigar betrayed
you too – turned you into a thug and a murderer.
If you could, you’d put a bullet in his face.
The commander as well.
You fantasize that if you had the money, you’d
put up a reward for any man who would take
his life by any means necessary.
And if he should lose his life by doing that,
then let the money go to his heirs.
The colonel, too, with his caviar and his
coffee – he’s another one.
Spends all his time in the officers’ brothel.
You’d like to see him stoned dead too.
More Tommies and Johnnies with their whack
fo’ me daddy-o and their whiskey in the jars.
You kill twenty of ’em and twenty more will
spring up in their place.
It just stinks in your nostrils.
You’ve come to despise that older generation
that sent you out into this madness, into
this torture chamber.
All around you, your comrades are dying.
Dying from abdominal wounds, double amputations,
shattered hipbones, and you think, “I’m only
twenty years old, but I’m capable of killing
Even my father if he came at me.”
Yesterday, you tried to save a wounded messenger
dog, and somebody shouted, “Don’t be a fool.”
One Froggy is laying gurgling at your feet.
You stuck him with a dagger in his stomach,
but the man still lives.
You know you should finish the job, but you
You’re on the real iron cross, and a Roman
soldier’s putting a sponge of vinegar to your
Months pass by.
You go home on leave.
You can’t communicate with your father.
He said, “You’d be a coward if you don’t enlist.”
Your mother, too, on your way back out the
door, she says, “You be careful of those French
girls now.”
More madness.
You fight for a week or a month, and you gain
ten yards.
And then the next month it gets taken back.
All that culture from a thousand years ago,
that philosophy, that wisdom – Plato, Aristotle,
Socrates – what happened to it?
It should have prevented this.
Your thoughts turn homeward.
And once again you’re a schoolboy walking
through the tall poplar trees.
It’s a pleasant memory.
More bombs dropping on you from blimps.
You got to get it together now.
You can’t even look at anybody for fear of
some miscalculable thing that might happen.
The common grave.
There are no other possibilities.
Then you notice the cherry blossoms, and you
see that nature is unaffected by all this.
Poplar trees, the red butterflies, the fragile
beauty of flowers, the sun – you see how nature
is indifferent to it all.
All the violence and suffering of all mankind.
Nature doesn’t even notice it.
You’re so alone.
Then a piece of shrapnel hits the side of
your head and you’re dead.
You’ve been ruled out, crossed out.
You’ve been exterminated.
I put this book down and closed it up.
I never wanted to read another war novel again,
and I never did.
Charlie Poole from North Carolina had a song
that connected to all this.
It’s called “You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me,” and
the lyrics go like this:
I saw a sign in a window walking up town one
Join the army, see the world is what it had
to say.
You’ll see exciting places with a jolly crew,
You’ll meet interesting people, and learn
to kill them too.
Oh you ain’t talkin’ to me, you ain’t talking
to me.
I may be crazy and all that, but I got good
sense you see.
You ain’t talkin’ to me, you ain’t talkin’
to me.
Killin’ with a gun don’t sound like fun.
You ain’t talkin’ to me.
The Odyssey is a great book whose themes have
worked its way into the ballads of a lot of
songwriters: “Homeward Bound, “Green, Green
Grass of Home,” “Home on the Range,” and my
songs as well.
The Odyssey is a strange, adventurous tale
of a grown man trying to get home after fighting
in a war.
He’s on that long journey home, and it’s filled
with traps and pitfalls.
He’s cursed to wander.
He’s always getting carried out to sea, always
having close calls.
Huge chunks of boulders rock his boat.
He angers people he shouldn’t.
There’s troublemakers in his crew.
His men are turned into pigs and then are
turned back into younger, more handsome men.
He’s always trying to rescue somebody.
He’s a travelin’ man, but he’s making a lot
of stops.
He’s stranded on a desert island.
He finds deserted caves, and he hides in them.
He meets giants that say, “I’ll eat you last.”
And he escapes from giants.
He’s trying to get back home, but he’s tossed
and turned by the winds.
Restless winds, chilly winds, unfriendly winds.
He travels far, and then he gets blown back.
He’s always being warned of things to come.
Touching things he’s told not to.
There’s two roads to take, and they’re both
Both hazardous.
On one you could drown and on the other you
could starve.
He goes into the narrow straits with foaming
whirlpools that swallow him.
Meets six-headed monsters with sharp fangs.
Thunderbolts strike at him.
Overhanging branches that he makes a leap
to reach for to save himself from a raging
Goddesses and gods protect him, but some others
want to kill him.
He changes identities.
He’s exhausted.
He falls asleep, and he’s woken up by the
sound of laughter.
He tells his story to strangers.
He’s been gone twenty years.
He was carried off somewhere and left there.
Drugs have been dropped into his wine.
It’s been a hard road to travel.
In a lot of ways, some of these same things
have happened to you.
You too have had drugs dropped into your wine.
You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman.
You too have been spellbound by magical voices,
sweet voices with strange melodies.
You too have come so far and have been so
far blown back.
And you’ve had close calls as well.
You have angered people you should not have.
And you too have rambled this country all
And you’ve also felt that ill wind, the one
that blows you no good.
And that’s still not all of it.
When he gets back home, things aren’t any
Scoundrels have moved in and are taking advantage
of his wife’s hospitality.
And there’s too many of ’em.
And though he’s greater than them all and
the best at everything – best carpenter, best
hunter, best expert on animals, best seaman
– his courage won’t save him, but his trickery
All these stragglers will have to pay for
desecrating his palace.
He’ll disguise himself as a filthy beggar,
and a lowly servant kicks him down the steps
with arrogance and stupidity.
The servant’s arrogance revolts him, but he
controls his anger.
He’s one against a hundred, but they’ll all
fall, even the strongest.
He was nobody.
And when it’s all said and done, when he’s
home at last, he sits with his wife, and he
tells her the stories.
So what does it all mean?
Myself and a lot of other songwriters have
been influenced by these very same themes.
And they can mean a lot of different things.
If a song moves you, that’s all that’s important.
I don’t have to know what a song means.
I’ve written all kinds of things into my songs.
And I’m not going to worry about it – what
it all means.
When Melville put all his old testament, biblical
references, scientific theories, Protestant
doctrines, and all that knowledge of the sea
and sailing ships and whales into one story,
I don’t think he would have worried about
it either – what it all means.
John Donne as well, the poet-priest who lived
in the time of Shakespeare, wrote these words,
“The Sestos and Abydos of her breasts.
Not of two lovers, but two loves, the nests.”
I don’t know what it means, either.
But it sounds good.
And you want your songs to sound good.
When Odysseus in The Odyssey visits the famed
warrior Achilles in the underworld – Achilles,
who traded a long life full of peace and contentment
for a short one full of honor and glory – tells
Odysseus it was all a mistake.
“I just died, that’s all.”
There was no honor.
No immortality.
And that if he could, he would choose to go
back and be a lowly slave to a tenant farmer
on Earth rather than be what he is – a king
in the land of the dead – that whatever his
struggles of life were, they were preferable
to being here in this dead place.
That’s what songs are too.
Our songs are alive in the land of the living.
But songs are unlike literature.
They’re meant to be sung, not read.
The words in Shakespeare’s plays were meant
to be acted on the stage.
Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung,
not read on a page.
And I hope some of you get the chance to listen
to these lyrics the way they were intended
to be heard: in concert or on record or however
people are listening to songs these days.
I return once again to Homer, who says, “Sing
in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”

100 thoughts on “Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature”

  1. "I never wanted to read another war novel again. And I never did…"
    And less than a minute later describes reading The Odyssey, stories about….yep! War! Awesome! Great insight and a fantastic way to spend 40 minutes!

  2. I don't say this about many people but I love Bob Dylan. He is angel and has one of the most beautiful souls I've ever encountered.

  3. "The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, where on my soul is grooved to run"- Ahab, Moby Dick. One of my favorite quotations ever….

  4. For me ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, ‘My Back Pages’ and ‘Positively 4th Street’ are. classic. and. eternal. We remember the times of the evil Vietnam war by the anti Christian Cercopithecus Baboon Political Psychopath LBJ. TX Bob, youre the best! We are scratching the surface of your genius mindset.

  5. I love all his songs,so much.So rich and enduring.How did he do it?His lyrics from 64-66 will never be matched.Too great,to even be imagined.

  6. Dylan once said if you want to know anything about me…ask somebody that doesn't know me. This is truly an insight into a legend.

  7. Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts behind the songs that you have written.. You are a blessing to your family and friends and your fans!Stay Forever Young!

  8. Brilliant and timely discussion of big themes that literature brings us. How fortunate we are to live in a time when we can hear the muses through such an amazing vessel as Bob Dylan. Sing on!

  9. Very wise beautiful words thank you Bob for me their would be no hope for peace of not for your wounderful story telling 😌🤧😌

  10. Excellent. Thanks!
    But it would be better without the distraction of a piano playing jazz, and which has nothing at all to do with Dylan's music.

  11. I love that he referenced great literature and it makes sense as he talks about it. His lyrics had to come from somewhere. Books like these are so important to the creative process.

  12. An amazing poet and artist. Moreover, a stunning reminder of what K-12 education used to encompass in the US. I remember reading those books, too. Dylan got more out of them than I did, go figure 🙂

  13. As a 16 years old a20 year beautiful red haired hippie girl told that if you did not love Bob he was over your head.

  14. Bit of class on utube ? A great ambassador of otherwise trite plop music . Boss level!!! Got his work done .

  15. Ps I live in england and felt like vomiting when BCC jeremy vine, and a raft or college pofesrs made a feature comparing jz to shakpreare …. There was no opposition … Worlds gone to sht

  16. There isn't a more fitting, more influential , more qualified, more deserved, more widely covered, more copied Musician and Man spanning decades through American and through the World's starting roots in musical genres and creating new ones, and then tying them all together. Most of all the musicians and Bands who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had Bob Dylan as a major influence on their musical growth. I don't think we can really realize how many people in the world past, present, and future this amazing song writer performer has taught about musical expression and ourselves. Bob I cannot begin to say Thank You for what you have showed, articulated, and taught me in my life and how you performed everything with such strong emotions and feeling. No one else comes close to what you have achieved through the span of time of history. Your name will always be on top of your chosen profession and will stand the test of time. Congratulations Bob! Aloha from Hawaii…Chris.

  17. I just watched a 30th Anniversary tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison Gardens. If you get a chance, watch it – it's fantastic. Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, etc. sing Dylan songs and then at the end the Nobel Prize Winner himself takes the stage with them all! When you hear those songs, you realize what a singular talent Mr. Zimmerman is. Songs that will definitely last and be heard many years from now.

    I enjoyed Mr. Dylan's Nobel speech, it truly reveals the intelligent and thoughtful man behind the songs. The influences that embedded themselves in his soul and aided him on his journey through life. Thank you, Mr. Dylan, for sharing your incredible talent with us for all these years. Thank you for giving us such incredible songs that move us and give our lives a little more grace and meaning. To hear your songs is to experience life a little more d.arly before we too must join Achilles in the afterworld!

  18. he has such a great ornate voice,,,he could narrate books if he ever stops preforming. his voice is so cool, i'd listen to him read the phone book.

  19. Absolutely so pure, insightful, an beautifully poetic. No words fully justify this lecture… other than just listening to it yourself. Love you Mr. Bob Dylan!

  20. Seeing him for the fourth time tomorrow… I'm so god damn new to this world compared to the generation he's from, yet I've had multiple opportunities to have nights with this man in concert… that's something you can't ever take for granted.

  21. I kneel… i bow my head. his words have informed my life since i was old enough to listen to music and more than any other single thing, set me along my path.

  22. A great songwriter, indeed. Pity the warmongers in his own country and Israel do not listen to his opinions on war.Dylan should be given the peace prize.Millions of fans who buy his tunes do not influence zionist politicians who love wars for profit.

  23. Bob Dylan never spoke 2 or 3 sentences in a row that I've ever heard. Nice to hear him really expound on personal thoughts.

  24. This isn't a lecture. It's a 27 minute Bob Dylan song, disguised as literature. One of his best!! His brilliance continues to shine.

  25. I don't know why, but i never trust or believe what Dylan say or sing. I heard almost every his songs, watch every movies about him, and i found something new everytime i listen to Dylan songs. And when i read his book (Chronicle), jeez, it's blow my mind, but still i can't trust or believe what he sung or wrote. For me, Dylan just a loser with a briliant mind.

    Please, don't ask my why… even i don't know why i never trust or believe in Dylan.

  26. Just listen..a life becoming an artist…what joy.. I have read these books and no one reads the classics or looks inside one’s self..thank you Bob

  27. I can certainly see how he describes "All's quiet on the Western front" as an inspiration for "Masters of war"… although I obviously the tune comes from the Irish classic song " the Patriot game"
    Bob was friends with Liam Clancy: a great singer, and performer!

  28. I've been listening to Dylan's songs for 50 years. After listening to this, I think I'm finally starting to understand.

  29. What is the way that you and I recognize each other? Is it eyes, ears or honor?

  30. Rip buddy holly ,is it a coincidence bob got the chance to see him, hmmm .
    The things that happen to shape our lives …. coincidence or fate?

  31. Ill probably play this 20 xs and pour over every word , hang on every thought , this guys art has made an impact on me, to this day

  32. "And every one of them words rang true, and it glowed like burning coal.
    Pouring off of every page, like it was written in my soul, from me to you…."

    Brilliant as ever, Bob.

  33. Very well deserved. All of his albums tell a great story and he’s blessed us with a great catalog of very beautiful music.

  34. i take a bow. and another…and another. Seriously…this is the finest posting i have come across on YouTube in more than 12 years. I knew Bob Dylan was a genius with worlds and song….but this confirmed, he is a bona fide Nobel Prize recipient.

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