Thursday, April 29, 2010

Waiting for You

I'll wait on you girl,
Bob says. But he hedges bets --
A smart strategy.

Backdoor Blues

You would be blue too
If your girl split, and then a
Big coffin appeared.

The End of the Innocence

Young lovers escape
The world, however briefly.
They horse around too.

Devilish Mary

Marriage spoils Mary.
She abuses her husband.
Then they get divorced.

Return to Me (Ritorna a Me)

Ritorna a me,
Bella mia! Bob sings this
In "The Sopranos."

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Country Pie

Bob loves all his pies
And would ride geese to get them.
Give him some more pie!

People Get Ready

Next time Jesus comes,
It'll be by train. Curtis
Mayfield is driving.

Rise Again

Jesus talks some smack.
He's up for revenge. He'll put
A cap in their ass.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ye Shall Be Changed

You know you will change.
Bob doesn't say why you will.
Pretty sure it's God.


Let me off the bus -
I see Nadine walking by.
She hate me, but still!

Song for Canada (One Single River)

Ian Tyson's song
Might be a love letter to
Quebec separatists.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

North Country Blues

Bob's a girl again:
Momma mines, mine shuts down,
Town dies, the kids leave.

The Heart That You Own

It can't be easy
When someone else owns your heart.
You have to pay rent.

Milk Cow Blues

Bob's milk cow is missing.
Unfortunate metaphor
For his ladyfriend?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sarah Jane

Bob and his family
Are riding a riverboat
Called "Big MacMillan."

My Head's in Mississippi

A naked cowgirl
Plagues a wandering bluesman.
He's homesick as well.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Arrr! Warren Zevon
Says he's your mutineer, and
He wants your booty!

I Want My Milk (And I Want It Now!)

I want my milk! Bath!
Cod liver oil, my rattle!
My vitamin drops!

Kindhearted Woman

He has a good girl,
But he spends more time thinking
About the bad girls.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

Bob won't take that train.
He gives his seat to someone
And stays home with you.

Keep Your Hands off Her

Don't touch my woman.
She got everything I want,
So hands off, buddy.

Monday, April 19, 2010

London Calling

The Clash is not punk.
Dylan covering the Clash?
Now that's punk, buddy.


Good job, sweetie.
You broke Bob's heart. Was that nice?
Bob isn't so thrilled.


Minnesota Bob
Wishes he were Dixie-bound.
I'll stay in Jersey.

Help Me Make It Through the Night

Our singer needs help
Making it through the night. Damn --
He'll take anyone.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Bob Dylan Songs"

Kraftwerk crashes into Bob Dylan. This song is silly, smart and creepy. I found it through Jesse Dylan on Twitter after my colleague and friend Felix Salmon retweeted an equally interesting article about Sonoma County and an elderly homosexual couple there. That is a tangent. Here is the link.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hangknot Slipknot

Try out this hangknot.
Once you do, you won't ever
Try another one.

Grasshoppers on My Pillow

Bob's girl mistreats him
So he splits. He's alone now
With grasshoppers, bugs.

Every Night When the Sun Goes Down

A boy leaves a girl,
Says he has to bail. Surprise!
He knocked her up good.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gypsy Lou

Loving Gypsy Lou
Can wear Bob down because she's
Gone again -- Again!

The Girl I Left Behind

If you leave a girl,
She'll marry another man,
And you'll be sorry!

Female Rambling Sailor

Young boy gets press-ganged.
And drowns far away. Same thing
Happens to his girl.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't You Push Me Down

You can be mean and
Bounce my ball up and down, but
Don't you push me down!

Earth Angel

Found an earth angel?
Be sure to ask her if she
Will belong to you.


When you love Bob up,
He gets the fever so bad,
Just like Peggy Lee.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61
Is a place for crazy dudes
Whose plans don't work out.

Shot of Love

No drugs, no liquor
For Bob. Nothing's going right.
Love him, don't kill him.

Foot of Pride

Belief don't mean you're
A sheep. Bob shows how to pray,
Yet be cynical.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Detroit City

Living in Detroit
Is good for a paycheck, but
I'd rather be home.

Don't Start Me to Talkin'

Why do you hate a
Snitch? Because once they're talking,
They can't seem to stop.

Dark as a Dungeon

After hearing this,
You'd have to be crazy to
Be a coal miner.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Cupid, shoot Bob now.
You did it for Sam Cooke, so
Shoot Bob and his girl.

A Couple More Years

Bob dumps his amor,
Reasoning that he is too old.
Yeah, that old excuse.

Daddy's Going on One More Ride

Can someone tell me whether "Daddy's Going on One More Ride" is really the name of the supposedly Shel Silverstein-penned song that Bob Dylan performed either at a rehearsal or a soundtrack or in concert sometime in 1978? Here is my problem:

Daddy's Going on One More Ride:

I can't find words to
Shel Silverstein's obscure song.
Is it even real?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Tweedle Dum and Dee:
Not exactly best of friends
As the world ends...

Never Gonna Be the Same Again

She changed Bob for good.
Seems like he might have screwed up.
Now he bitches, moans.

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

You all must smoke pot
No matter what you do. Bob
takes his own advice.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Leonard Cohen finds
The secret chord. Bob and friends
Play it constantly.

Baby Stop Cryin'

Some asshole hurt you.
Bob will love you. Go to him,
But please be quiet.

What Can I Do for You?

God, since you've saved Bob,
He wants to give something back.
What can he get you?

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I Walk the Line

Being a lover
Don't just mean smoochin'. It means
Walking what you talk.

Dink's Song

A mishmash of blues.
It might be short, but Bob tries
Every tired cliche.

Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

This love will be ours
After all this time searching.
What's past is prologue!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance

Bob begs for his girl.
He tries some slippery rhymes.
Who knows? It might work.

Branded Man

When you're an ex-con,
Nobody will let you forget.
That sure sucks, don't it?

Blue Suede Shoes

Who knew Bob Dylan
Had a pair of blue suede shoes?
Don't step on them, pal.

Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground

Getting ditched is bad.
Write a hit song about it
And then feel better.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Ball and Biscuit

Bob and pal Jack White
Ask a girl to fool around
And then grab a bite.

Baby Please Don't Go

New Orleans: You know
It's a place where Bob doesn't
Want you to go, babe.

Ain't Gonna Grieve

Bob suggests talking
Your way out of depression;
A lot of talking


Bob says you treat him
Like your stepchild. How unfair,
When he loves you so!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Let's Keep It Between Us

We might have trouble,
But don't you think that's *our* thing?
Hon, let's be discreet.

With God on Our Side

Folks say God helps them.
Bob sees the fallacy here,
Yet asks him favors.