Quotations From BOB DYLAN [ROBERT ALLEN ZIMMERMAN]


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  • 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.
  • You don't need a weatherman
    To know which way the wind blows.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Subterranean Homesick Blues (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).

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  • Well, you look so pretty in it
    Honey, can I jump on it sometime?
    Yes, I just wanna see
    If it's really that expensive kind
    You know it balances on your head
    Just like a mattress balances
    On a bottle of wine
    Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (song), on the album Blonde on Blonde (1968).
  • ... Everything from toy guns that spark
    To flesh-colored Christs that glow in the dark
    It's easy to see without looking too far
    That not much is really sacred.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).

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  • For them that think death's honesty
    Won't fall upon them naturally
    Life sometimes
    Must get lonely.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).

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  • But even the President of the United States
    Sometimes must have
    To stand naked.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).

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  • Money doesn't talk, it swears.
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (song), on the album Bringing it all Back Home (1965).

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  • 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.
  • 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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  • I had to say something
    To strike him very weird,
    So I yelled out,
    "I like Fidel Castro and his beard."
    Bob Dylan [Robert Allen Zimmerman] (b. 1941), U.S. singer, songwriter. "Motorpsycho Nightmare," Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964).
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