Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pledging My Time

Pay attention, girl.
Bob has time for you. It's you
He's not sure about.

I like the description of "Blonde on Blonde" that Andy Gill gave the album, one that I know about because of my repeated perusing of Wikipedia entries about Bob Dylan: "humid, oppressive atmosphere." He characterizes most of the album this way apart from the opening song "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35." Song two is "Pledging My Time," which was released as well on a single with the preceding song. It's a Chicago blues-style song, I'm told, though I don't know quite what that means other than that it's loud and electric. It's one of the first songs that Dylan recorded in Nashville in 1966, and it features the core of the band that would make the album so beloved, along with keyboardist Al Kooper and guitar player Robbie Robertson who joined him from New York. The song sounds like a take-off on the Robert Johnson blues song "Come on in My Kitchen," and I don't say that just because the Wikipedia entry says so. There are some direct references to the song in the lyrics, at least as far as I can tell. As for the haiku, I took a more stern approach than the song takes, but I felt that it was worth it to take a look at the song from a different angle.

1. Got a headache all day and night, though I feel all right. "I'm pledging my time to you, hopin' you'll come through too."
2. Hobo steals girlfriend, then steals me too. Pledging my time, etc.
3. Baby come with me. Though our success is not guaranteed, you'll be the first to know in the event of failure. Which seems possible. Pledging my time etc.
4. Stuffy room. Everybody gone. We're still here, but you'll have to go first before I do. Pledging my time etc.
5. Somebody needs an ambulance, and they got one, though whatever happened was an accident. Pledging my time etc.

1 comment:

  1. Well yes Robert, another piece of musical history condensed into three lines. All very interesting but come inside Bob Dylan's Music Box and listen to every version of every song.