A Brief One from NAL publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 14th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
See them big plantations burning, Hear the cracking of the whips, Smell that sweet magnolia blooming, And see the ghosts of slavery ships, I can hear them tribes a-moaning, I can hear the undertaker’s bell, Nobody can sing the blues, Like Blind Willie McTell
- – From Bob Dylan’s song ‘Blind Willie McTell’
They walked along by the old canal, A little confused, I remember wel,l And stopped into a strange hotel, With a neon burnin’ bright, He felt the heat of the night, Hit him like a freight train, Moving with a simple twist of fate
- – From Bob Dylan’s song ‘Simple Twist of Fate’
Oh, the time will come up, When the winds will stop, And the breeze will cease to be breathin,’ Like the stillness in the wind, Before the hurricane begins, The hour that the ship comes in
And the seas will split, And the ship will hit, And the sands on the shoreline will be shaking, Then the tide will sound, And the wind will pound, And the morning will be breaking
- From Bob Dylan’s song ‘When the Ship Comes In’
Oh, the history books tell it, They tell it so well, The cavalries charged, The Indians fell, The cavalries charged, The Indians died, Oh, the country was young With God on its side
- – From Bob Dylan’s song ‘With God On Our Side’
Ah you never turned around to see the frowns, On the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you, You never understood that it ain’t no good, You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you, You used to ride on a chrome horse with your diplomat, Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat, Ain’t it hard when you discovered that, He really wasn’t where it’s at After he took from you everything he could steal
How does it feel, how does it feel? To have on your own, with no direction home Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone.
- – From Bob Dylan’s song ‘Like A Rolling Stone’
More than half a century of poetry turned to music – so rich in imagery, metaphor, insight and lines that define the times and culture, and have become so much apart of the language most all of us use – the news this October 14th that legengary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature is well deserved and has been a long time coming.
P.S. – Could those lyrics I included above from ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ soon apply to Donald Trump?
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