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Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Don’t think Twice is a classic Dylan recording. The song has everything the sophisticated listener wants: meaningful lyrics, memorable melody, intricate guitar playing, and a heartfelt vocal. Tim Riley, in his book Hard Rain, put it well:

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 To hear him sing Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right is at once to be stung by the harshness to which the relationship’s closing scene has driven the singer and at the same time to respond to the ruefulness couched in the guitar figures, which reassemble all the hurt into an undertow of forgiveness, regret, and remembrance.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 This song has been covered by many other artists. Most of them, at least the ones I’ve heard, sing it like they were giving a soon-to-be ex-lover a sweet kiss of goodbye. For me, this approach is a bit wrongheaded. While there is certainly a touch of forgiveness in the lyric, there is more than a touch of anger and resentment. In fact, the song contains several of Dylan’s trademark killer put-downs.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
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I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
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7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 And my favorite…

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 But goodbye’s too good a word, gal
So I’ll just say fare-thee-well

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 I’ve always liked these lines, in which the narrator finally realizes how little his lover really cared for him.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
That light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Ouch…

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 There is general agreement that Dylan took the tune for Don’t Think Twice from his friend Paul Clayton’s arrangement of the traditional Scarlet Ribbons for Her Hair. Clayton was a much beloved folk revivalist around the Greenwich Village scene in the early sixties. Many felt at the time that Dylan should have at least acknowledged Clayton’s contribution. The lyrics Clayton put to the song, which have their roots in the traditional Who’s Gonna Buy Your Chickens When I’m Gone, are similar to Don’t Think Twice.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 It ain’t no use to sit and sigh now, darlin,
And it ain’t no use to sit and cry now,
T’ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, darlin,
Just wonder who’s gonna buy you ribbons when I’m gone.
So times on the railroad gettin’ hard, babe,
I woke up last night and saw it snow,
Remember what you said to me last summer
When you saw me walkin’ down that road.
So I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road,
You’re the one that made me travel on,
But still I can’t help wonderin’ on my way,
Who’s gonna buy you ribbons when I’m gone?

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15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 The music was in the public domain, so in a strictly legal sense, it was free game. Furthermore, the changes Dylan made to the song were significant, and made the song much better. Still, at least to me, he cut it pretty close. It didn’t bother Clayton too much. They remained friends even though their record companies sued each other over the issue.

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Clayton committed suicide by pulling an electric heater into the bathtub with himself. Jeez.
A obscure British rockabilly group did a pretty good cover.

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23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 I like Jerry Reed’s take quite a bit,  nails it.

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32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 Lyrics

33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 0 It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t matter, anyhow
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you don’t know by now
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on
Don’t think twice, it’s all right

34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
That light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road
Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
We never did too much talkin’ anyway
So don’t think twice, it’s all right

35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never did before
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear you any more
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ all the way down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But goodbye’s too good a word, gal
So I’ll just say fare thee well
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

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