My Back Pages, Politics, & Bob Dylan

imagesMy country is falling apart. Hatred seeps in from all corners. And, today Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. And hope springs eternal again. Or at least that is my hope.

Watch these greats; George Harrison, Dylan, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and more, celebrate the music of one of Dylan’s best. Who knew the words from that tumultuous time would resonate so loudly now? ¬†And let’s hope, no even I can pray, that we can get through this moment in our country’s time with scars that will heal over time.

Congratulations Bob Dylan. Americans don’t often win the Nobel Prize for Literature. You make us proud.

My Back Pages
by Bob Dylan
Crimson flames tied through my ears, rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads using ideas as my maps.
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I, “proud ‘neath heated brow.”
Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth, “rip down all hate, ” I screamed.
Lies that life is black and white spoke from my skull, I dreamed.
Romantic facts of musketeers foundationed deep, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

Girls’ faces formed the forward path from phony jealousy,
To memorizing politics of ancient history.
Flung down by corpse evangelists, unthought of, though somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then. I’m younger than that now.

A self-ordained professor’s tongue too serious to fool.
Spouted out that liberty is just equality in school.
“Equality, ” I spoke the word as if a wedding vow.
Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teach.
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy in the instant that I preach.
My existence led by confusion boats, mutiny from stern to bow.
Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats too noble to neglect.
Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect.
Good and bad, I define these terms quite clear, no doubt, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then I’m younger than that now.

 

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