Friday, December 31, 2010

Any Way You Want Me

It's about persuading you
That I'm what you want.

Answer Me, My Love

She split long ago,
But our lovesick swain still calls,
Thinking she'll come back.

Annie's Song

Take one John Denver,
Add 10 pounds of saccharin,
And you get this song.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Do Think Twice, It's All Right

I'm posting a few songs twice or three times here or there. Sometimes I fix a syllabification error. Other times I alter or rewrite a haiku as new ideas come to me. Speaking of syllabification errors, I spied my first one. I bet there are others. I wrote:

"Annie's song ain't great,
But it does something to Bob --
Mostly makes him feel sad."

That's six syllables! I fixed it.

Separately, I encountered an odd situation when I started writing up haiku based on songs that Dylan performed by other people with whom the songs are closely associated. Should I say that the water that stoned Van Morrison in "And It Stoned Me?" stoned Van in the haiku? Not necessarily, I concluded. I wrote these haiku because Bob Dylan stamped them with his own rendition. Therefore, the water stoned Bob -- even if he didn't get it himself from the mountain stream.

Annie's Going to Sing Her Song

Annie's song ain't great,
But it does something to Bob --
It makes him feel sad.


She's one bad lady,
And so good too! Bob wants to
Get her for himself.

Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground

Getting ditched is bad.
Writing a song about it
Can make things better.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And It Stoned Me

Water can't stone you
Unless you're really thirsty.
Bob was quite thirsty.

Amazing Grace

Everyone must sing
Amazing Grace. Bob Dylan
Is no exception.

Almost Done

Bob never finished
This song. It's permanently
"Almost Done." Get it?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Who says girls can't fight?
Not this Mexican sergeant.
Where he goes, she goes.

Across the Green Mountain

Bob writes a theme song
For a Civil War movie.
It's good, but it's sad.

Across the Borderline

If you heard this song,
You'd think twice about crossing
Into this hellhole.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Absolutely Sweet Marie

A mean, wicked girl
Sports with poor Bob Dylan.
Bob! When will you learn?

Accidentally Like a Martyr

This relationship
Did no one any good, but
They still kept at it.

Abraham, Martin and John

Lincoln, Kennedy
And MLK were good folks,
But someone shot them.

Friday, December 24, 2010

All You Have to Do Is Dream

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

All the Tired Horses

The horses are tired.
How will Bob ride? He’s lazy,
He lets the girls sing.

All Over You

Bob's gonna get you.
Whether he'll love you or kill you
Remains to be seen.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

All My Tomorrows Belong to You

If this guy traded
On the options exchanges,
You would buy his puts.

All I Really Want to Do

Lovers can be weird.
Bob just wants to be your pal.
Do you believe him?

All I Have to Do Is Dream

When it comes to dreams,
Bob can give the Everlys
Stiff competition.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Alligator Man

It's hard to be an
Alligator Man, but it
Has its benefits.

All-American Boy

"All American."
It means you join a band
And contract VD.

All Along the Watchtower

Joker can't take life.
Thief says, "It is what it is...
Let others suffer."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Alberta #2

Bob has a problem.
Alberta's hair is still up.
He still wants it down.

Alberta #1

Bob would pay this girl
To let down her long, long hair,
And be less mopey.

Alabama Getaway

Bob rocks a road song
By the Grateful Dead. Hippies
Tend to dig this tune.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Ain't Talkin'

Is it ironic?
Bob has logorrhea, but
This time cops the Fifth.

Ain't No Man Righteous (No, Not One)

Bob tells listeners
They'd better get straight with God
Coz they all sinners.

(Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City

Bob ain't gonna play Sun City.
How many South Africans
Asked him if he would?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ain't Gonna Go to Hell for Anybody

I could be a jerk,
But then, I would go to hell,
So I'd rather not.


Forbidden jukebox song:
A-11. His ex played
It when they dated.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Girl won't ask this boy
To senior prom because he
Has poor complexion.

Abandoned Love

Bob's in Mexico
He suffers Spanish heartbreak
In a Latin way.