Sunday, July 19, 2015

Never Say Goodbye

Snow and frozen lake
At dusk make setting for me
To say I love you.

"Never Say Goodbye" is one of those unadulterated love songs that Bob Dylan wrote so few of that he leaves you wondering what could have happened if he'd spent more time producing them. He might be the master of the abstract and the symbolic, not to mention the bitter and sour, but he knew how to write a simple love note like few others. This one is from the "Planet Waves" album of 1974. The only unusual note is the line about how his dreams "are made of iron and steel." I've always assumed that this is a personal reference to his metalwork sculptures. I've included the lyrics below, specifically to point out the third verse, which does not appear in the recording, but does appear on his website.

Twilight on the frozen lake
North wind about to break
On footprints in the snow
Silence down below

You’re beautiful beyond words
You’re beautiful to me
You can make me cry
Never say goodbye

Time is all I have to give
You can have it if you choose
With me you can live
Never say goodbye

My dreams are made of iron and steel
With a big bouquet
Of roses hanging down
From the heavens to the ground

The crashing waves roll over me
As I stand upon the sand
Wait for you to come
And grab hold of my hand

Oh, baby, baby, baby blue
You’ll change your last name, too
You’ve turned your hair to brown
Love to see it hangin’ down



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