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Bob Dylan’s Dream

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 I’m not a huge fan of Bob Dylan’s Dream: the lyrics border on the maudlin and sentimental:

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon,
Where we together weathered many a storm,
Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The tune and part of the lyrics are based on the traditional Lord Franklin. More specifically, Dylan based it on Martin McCarthy’s version . The lyrics of Lord Franklin are provided below. The similarities are obvious.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 It was homeward bound one night on the deep,
Swinging in my hammock I fell asleep:
I dreamed a dream and I thought it true,
Concerning Franklin and his gallant crew.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 With one hundred seamen he sailed away
To the frozen ocean in the month of May,
To seek that passage around the pole
Where we poor sailors do sometimes go.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Through cruel hardships his men did go,
His ship on mountains of ice was drove –
Where the Eskimo in his skin canoe
Was the only one who ever came through.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 In Baffin Bay where the whale fish blow,
The fate of Franklin no man may know,
The fate of Franklin no tongue can tell –
Lord Franklin along with his sailors do dwell.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 And now my burden it gives me pain –
For my long-lost Franklin I would cross the main,
Ten thousand pounds would I freely give,
To know on earth that my Franklin do live.

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12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Dylan played it live on a  regular basis in 1991.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Skip to the 24:55 mark. Weirdly, the song morphs into It’s  Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding.  

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16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Judy Collins with Pete Seeger, on his Rainbow Quest public TV show (I think).

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19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 Bryan Ferry’s take.

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25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 Lyrics

26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 While riding on a train goin’ west,
I fell asleep for to take my rest.
I dreamed a dream that made me sad,
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had.

27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon,
Where we together weathered many a storm,
Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn.

28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung,
Our words were told, our songs were sung,
Where we longed for nothin’ and were quite satisfied
Talkin’ and a-jokin’ about the world outside.

29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 With haunted hearts through the heat and cold,
We never thought we could ever get old.
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one.

30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 2 As easy it was to tell black from white,
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right.
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split.

31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 How 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

32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that

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