Monday, January 12, 2015

All You Have to Do Is Dream

Bob invites his girl
To love him in his farmhouse
And to blow his horn.

It's true, that's how it really went down. This song appears twice in the Basement Tapes bootleg series. It's a sweet song, one of those domestic bliss snippets that Dylan was so good at tossing off while married to Sara Lownds. Still, many Basement Tapes lyrics sound or feel better than they appear. Some don't make a whole lot of sense. I took my cue from this verse of the first version of the song and the 11-year-old boy who lives in my head:

Two floor birds and a prudent baby chick, yes that's me That ain't much to bust But restriction causes damage And damage causes lust So, poor little girl, come blow this horn Hard as any horn might seem It's very easily done, actually All you have to do is dream.

You can get the complete lyrics here.



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