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Sailin’ ‘round the world in a dirty gondola
Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!

BOB DYLAN, "When I Paint My Masterpiece"

Chaos is a friend of mine.

BOB DYLAN, Newsweek, Dec. 9, 1985

A record ... is a statement, it's its own statement, its own entity, rather than being about something else. If I was a painter ... I don't paint the chair, I would paint feelings about the chair.

BOB DYLAN, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

If you don't have to write songs, why write them? I've got enough where I don't really feel the urge to write anything additional.

BOB DYLAN, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

The atom bomb fueled the entire world that came after it. It showed that indiscriminate killing and indiscriminate homicide on a mass level was possible ... whereas if you look at warfare up until that point, you had to see somebody to shoot them or maim them, you had to look at them. You don't have to do that anymore.

BOB DYLAN, Rolling Stone, May 3, 2007

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

BOB DYLAN, Weekly World News, Oct. 1, 1996

Well, I sing by night, wander by day.
I'm on the road and it looks like I'm here to stay.

BOB DYLAN, "Endless Highway"

There's a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it.

BOB DYLAN, "Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar"

Beyond here lies nothin'
But the mountains of the past

BOB DYLAN, "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"

Tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.

BOB DYLAN, "Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight"

Some things are too terrible to be true.

Bob Dylan, "Honest With Me"

“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”

BOB DYLAN, "All Along the Watchtower"

Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes

BOB DYLAN, "Dead Man, Dead Man"

Oh, the tree of life is growing
Where the spirit never dies
And the bright light of salvation shines
In dark and empty skies

BOB DYLAN, "Death Is Not the End"

I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name

BOB DYLAN, "Every Grain of Sand"

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?

BOB DYLAN, "Blowin' in the Wind"

There’s eyes behind the mirrors in empty places.

BOB DYLAN, "Billy 1"

The walls of pride are high and wide
Can’t see over to the other side

BOB DYLAN, "Cold Irons Bound"

All the tired horses in the sun
How'm I supposed to get any ridin' done? Hmm.

BOB DYLAN, "All the Tired Horses"

I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze
With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn
I courted her proudly but now she is gone
Gone as the season she’s taken

BOB DYLAN, "Ballad in Plain D"

Feel like a broke-down engine, ain't got no drivin' wheel.
You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels.

BOB DYLAN, "Broke Down Engine"

There are those who worship loneliness, I’m not one of them
In this age of fiberglass I’m searching for a gem
The crystal ball up on the wall hasn’t shown me nothing yet
I’ve paid the price of solitude, but at last I’m out of debt

BOB DYLAN, "Dirge"

Many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a friend
And each one I’ve never seen again

BOB DYLAN, "Bob Dylan's Dream"

How many times have you heard someone say
If I had his money I'd do things my way
Hmm, but little they know
Hmm, it's so hard to find
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.

BOB DYLAN, "A Satisfied Mind"

Well, it’s always been my nature to take chances
My right hand drawing back while my left hand advances

BOB DYLAN, "Angelina"

You know what they say about bein’ nice to the right people on the way up
Sooner or later you gonna meet them comin’ down

BOB DYLAN, "Foot of Pride"

I can still see the day that you came to me on the painted desert
In your busted down Ford and your platform heels
I could never figure out why you chose that particular place to meet
Ah, but you were right. It was perfect as I got in behind the wheel

BOB DYLAN, "Brownsville Girl"

Well the future for me is already a thing of the past.

BOB DYLAN, "Bye and Bye"

Peace will come
With tranquillity and splendor on the wheels of fire
But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall
And cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating
Between the King and the Queen of Swords

BOB DYLAN, "Changing of the Guards"

Reality has always had too many heads.

BOB DYLAN, "Cold Irons Bound"

You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

BOB DYLAN, "Gotta Serve Somebody"

Every day is the same thing out the door
Feel further away then ever before
Some things in life, it gets too late to learn
Well, I’m lost somewhere
I must have made a few bad turns

BOB DYLAN, "Highlands"

Oh, the inmates and the prisoners
I found they were my kind
And it was there inside the bars
I found my peace of mind
But the jails they were too crowded
Institutions overflowed
So they turned me loose to walk upon
Life’s hurried tangled road

BOB DYLAN, "Ballad of Donald White"

I'm touched with desire
What don't I do?
I'll throw the logs on the fire
I'll build my world around you

BOB DYLAN, "Beyond the Horizon"

People don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent.

BOB DYLAN, "Brownsville Girl"

They kill people here who stand up for their rights
The system’s just too damned corrupt
It’s always the same, the name of the game
Is who do you know higher up

BOB DYLAN, "Band of the Hand"

Feeling funny in my mind, Lord
I believe I'm fixing to die
Well, I don't mind dying
But I hate to leave my children crying
Well, I look over yonder to that burying ground
Look over yonder to that burying ground
Sure seems lonesome, Lord, when the sun goes down

BOB DYLAN, "Fixin' To Die"

I practice a faith that's been long abandoned
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road

BOB DYLAN, "Ain't Talkin'"

I know this dream, it might be crazy
But it’s the only one I’ve got

BOB DYLAN, "Emotionally Yours"

Through the mad mystic hammering of the wild ripping hail
The sky cracked its poems in naked wonder

BOB DYLAN, "Chimes of Freedom"

There’s a whole lot of people in trouble tonight
From the disease of conceit
Whole lot of people seeing double tonight
From the disease of conceit
Give ya delusions of grandeur
And a evil eye
Give you the idea that
You’re too good to die
Then they bury you from your head to your feet
From the disease of conceit

BOB DYLAN, "Disease of Conceit"

I love you pretty baby
You're the only love I've ever known
Just as long as you stay with me
The whole world is my throne
Beyond here lies nothin'
Nothin' we can call our own

BOB DYLAN, "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"

Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies.

BOB DYLAN, "Dark Eyes"

Old New York City is a friendly old town
From Washington Heights to Harlem on down
There’s a-mighty many people all millin’ all around
They’ll kick you when you’re up and knock you when you’re down
It’s hard times in the city
Livin’ down in New York town

BOB DYLAN, "Hard Times in New York Town"

Sometimes I’m thinkin’ I’m
Too high to fall
Other times I’m thinkin’ I’m
So low I don’t know
If I can come up at all

BOB DYLAN, "Black Crow Blues"

You know, the streets are filled with vipers
Who’ve lost all ray of hope
You know, it ain’t even safe no more
In the palace of the Pope

BOB DYLAN, "Don't Fall Apart on Me Tonight"

Life is sad
Life is a bust
All ya can do is do what you must

BOB DYLAN, "Buckets of Rain"


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