Bob Dylan

(1941 / Duluth, Minnesota)

Bob Dylan Quotes

  • ''Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola
    Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. On the album More Greatest Hits (1972). "When I Paint My Masterpiece," (1971).
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  • ''To live outside the law, you must be honest.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Absolutely Sweet Marie (song), on the album Blonde on Blonde (1968). A similar observation was made in Don Siegel's 1958 film, The Line-Up.
  • ''I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
    I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
    And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
    It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (song), on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963).
  • ''Something is happening here
    But you don't know what it is
    Do you, Mister Jones?''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Ballad of a Thin Man (song), on the album Highway 61 Revisited (1968). The identity of Mr. Jones has been a source of some perplexity: several people thought the song was addressed to them.
  • ''The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
    The answer is blowin' in the wind.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Blowin' in the Wind, chorus, on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1962). On the sleeve notes to the record, Dylan wrote: "The first way to answer the questions in the song is by asking them. But lots of people have to first find the wind."
  • ''A song is anything that can walk by itself.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Bringing It All Back Home (album), sleeve notes (1965).
  • ''When I first heard Elvis's voice I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody and nobody was gonna be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Comment, in US (New York, August 1987). On the anniversary of Presley's death.
  • ''I'm glad I'm not me!''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. From Donn Pennebaker's film Don't Look Back (1967). Reading newspaper report, 1965.
  • ''People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around—the music and the ideas.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Guardian (London, Feb. 13, 1992).
  • ''Maybe in the '90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the '80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.''
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Interview, 1985, with Cameron Crowe, for Biograph, box set (1985), notes to "Every Grain of Sand."

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Best Poem of Bob Dylan

Desolation Row

They're selling postcards of the hanging
They're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they're restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row

Cinderella, she seems so easy
"It takes one to know one," she smiles
And puts her hands in her back pockets
Bette Davis style
And in ...

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You're No Good

Well I don't know why I love you like I do
Nobody in the world can get along with you.
You got the ways of a devil sleeping in a lion's den
I come home last night you wouldn't even let me in.

Well sometimes you're as sweet as anybody want to be
When you get a crazy notion of jumpin' all over me
Well you give me the blues I guess you're satisfied
An' you give me the blues I wanna lay down and die.

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