Friday, September 15, 2006

Excerpts from Bob Dylan's Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie

And you know that it's something special you're needin'
And you know that there's no drug that'll do for the healin'
And no liquor in the land to stop yer brain from bleeding
And you need something special
Yeah, you need something special all right
You need a fast flyin' train on a tornado track
To shoot you someplace and shoot you back
You need a cyclone wind on a stream engine howler
That's been banging and booming and blowing forever
That knows yer troubles a hundred times over
You need a Greyhound bus that don't bar no race
That won't laugh at yer looks
Your voice or your face
And by any number of bets in the book
Will be rollin' long after the bubblegum craze
You need something to open up a new door
To show you something you seen before
But overlooked a hundred times or more
You need something to open your eyes
You need something to make it known
That it's you and no one else that owns
That spot that yer standing, that space that you're sitting
That the world ain't got you beat
That it ain't got you licked
It can't get you crazy no matter how many
Times you might get kicked
You need something special all right
You need something special to give you hope
But hope's just a word
That maybe you said or maybe you heard
On some windy corner 'round a wide-angled curve

But that's what you need man, and you need it bad
And yer trouble is you know it too good


jim said...

well I don't have the new Dylan ablum yet, do you? Don't know what I'm waiting for (probably money)...

Have you been able to get into the Levis book at all? I would suggest you go to your public library and check out some of his other books -- esp. Winter Stars.

Maggie said...

I do have the new Dylan, and I really like it. Not as well as I liked Time Out of Mind, but more than I liked Love and Theft. It's got some great rockabilly things going on some decent riffs and some blues and some great lyrics.

I read some more Levis the other night and am getting more into his work. Elegy may not be some of his best, but it's good.

I haven't been in the library in sooooo long! This town most likely doesn't have Levis. When I used to volunteer there, they only had a very limited selection of poetry--Dickinson, Whitman, that Spoon River Anthology person. Not much to find there unless they've done some major changes.