¶ 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.
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.
¶ 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.