Al Diesan - a tribute to the Teacher: Bob Dylan

1963 "...don't you remember Ma, when I went off to war, you thought it was the best thing I could do ? I was on the battleground, you were home acting proud, you wasn't there standing in my shoes."
(John Brown)
1965 "... far past the frozen leaves, the haunted frightened trees, out to the windy beach, far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow..."
(Mr. Tambourine Man)

1966 "J wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes and just for that one moment J could be you, yes, J wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes you'd know what a drag it is to see you."
(Positively 4th Street)
1968 " each one of us has his own special gift and you know this was meant to be true, and if you don't underestimate me J won't underestimate you."
(Dear Landlord)

1974 ".May god bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true, may you always do for others and let others do for you; may you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung, may you'll stay forever young."
(Forever Young)
1975 "In the little hilltop village they gambled for my clothes, J bargained for salvation and they gave me a lethal dose, J offered my innocence and got repaid with scorn..."
(Shelter From The Storm)

"...but J don't sense affection, no gratitude or love, your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above."
(One More Cup Of Coffee)
1978 "...there's a white diamond gloom on the dark side of this room and a pathway that leads up to the stars, if you don't believe there's a price for this sweet paradise, just remind me to show you the scars."
(Where Are You Ttonight)

1979 "... but the enemy J see wears a cloak of decency, all non-believers and men stealers talking in the name of religion..."
(Slow Train)

"... in the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintery light, in the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space, in the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face."
(Every Grain Of Sand)

1983 "... someone else is speakin' with my mouth, but J'm listening only to my heart, J've made shoes for everyone, even you, while J still go barefoot."
(J And J)
1986 "... strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than people who are most content..."
(Brownsville Girl)

1989 "We live in a political world, love don't have any place, we're living in times hwere men commit crimes and crime don't have a face..."
(Political World)
1997 "... J can't even remember what it was J came here to get away from, don't even hear a murmur of a prayer, it's not dark yet, but it's getting there."
(Not Dark Yet)
2001 "... my clothes are wet, tight on my skin, not as tight as the corner that J painted myself in; J know that fortune is waiting to be kind, so give me your hand and say you'll be mine."
  2005 "... Far away in a silent land, secret thoughts are hard to bear. Remember me, you'll understand emotions we can never share."
(Tell Ol' Bill)

"They say prayer has the power to heal, so pray from the mother, in the human heart an evil spirit can dwell, I am a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others, but oh, mother, things ain't going well . Ain't talkin', just walkin', I'll burn that bridge before you can cross, heart burnin', still yearnin', There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost "
(Ain't Talking)

  2009 "... like a walking shadow in my brain, all night long I lay awake and listen to the sound of pain, the door has closed forevermore if indeed there was a door."
(Forgetful Heart)
  2012 "... I'm staying up late, I'm making amends, while we smile all heaven descends, if love is a sin then beauty is a crime, all things are beautiful in their time."
(Scarlet Town)
  2020 "... That's my story, but not where it ends."
(Key West)


Thank you Bob