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To Be Alone With You

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Three songs into the album before one we finally get to one with original lyrics. Although I’m being a bit liberal with the word “original”. The song is really just a bunch of well-worn phrases tossed together to fit a particular rhyming scheme.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The general gist of the song is that the key to happiness is to have a loving wife to come home to after a trying day at work.

 I'll always thank the Lord
When my working day's through
I get my sweet reward
To be alone with you

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Not exactly the type of revelation one expects from the poet laureate of rock & roll. Of course, the lyrics of the vast majority of songs contain little literary value. The music by itself can lift a song beyond the completely mundane which, in this case, I think, it does. There’s no denying this is a catchy little number, and the easy rhymes of the lyrics help it move along at a brisk pace.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The piano part plays a key role. Listen below to the interview with the pianist, Bob Wilson. Interesting.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The origins of the term “sweet reward” could come from the hymn, The Bee and the Spider, written by John Newton, who also wrote Amazing Grace.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The line “the nighttime is the right time” is clearly a reference to the hit song by Ray Charles (portions borrowed from Nappy Brown) recorded in 1959. Certainly, it was a song Dylan was very familiar with.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Dylan asks “Is it rolling, Bob?” before the song starts, which is a little confusing. Is he talking to himself? No, he’s asking the producer – Bob Johnson – if the tape machine has been turned on yet.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Bob Versions

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 He used this song as a concert opener for a while.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Other Artist Versions

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 The Steve Gibbons band do it rockabilly style.

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