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Obviously Five Believers

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Obviously Five Believers is a minor song. It’s inessential Dylan, something seemingly thrown in just to fill up the side. Still, even minor. The lyrics are throwaway, yet another sardonic breakup song, but they are not without interest. More importantly, Dylan and the Nashville session musicians really came up with the goods.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Five Believers is a blues number, with Dylan repeating the first couple of lines of most of the verses, and ending two of them with the same lines: “Yes, I guess I could make it without you/If I just didn’t feel so all alone”. The opening line – Early in the mornin’ – is used in many early blues songs. A search on Robert Taft’s Pre-War Blues Concordance produces over fifty hits on this phrase (including slight variations such as “early one morning”).

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The term “black dog” has been in use for hundreds of years, often to symbolize death or depression. Winston Churchill used the phrase to describe his personal bouts with depression. See medical historian Paul Foley’s paper Black Dog as a Metaphor for Depression for an interesting discussion on how the phrase has been used in both songs and prose.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Dylan didn’t play the song live until he started using it as the show opener in 1995. No alternate version has been officially released.

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10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Lyrics

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Early in the mornin’
Early in the mornin’
I’m callin’ you to
I’m callin’ you to
Please come home
Yes, I guess I could make it without you
If I just didn’t feel so all alone

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
I won’t let you down
I won’t let you down
No I won’t
You know I can if you can, honey
But, honey, please don’t

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 I got my black dog barkin’
Black dog barkin’
Yes it is now
Yes it is now
Outside my yard
Yes, I could tell you what he means
If I just didn’t have to try so hard

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Your mama’s workin’
Your mama’s moanin’
She’s cryin’ you know
She’s tryin’ you know
You better go now
Well, I’d tell you what she wants
But I just don’t know how

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Fifteen jugglers
Fifteen jugglers
Five believers
Five believers
All dressed like men
Tell yo’ mama not to worry because
They’re just my friends

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Early in the mornin’
Early in the mornin’
I’m callin’ you to
I’m callin’ you to
Please come home
Yes, I could make it without you
If I just didn’t feel so all alone

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