Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blowin' in the Wind

Bob knows so little.
He asks where the answers are.
He has a strong hunch.

Blood in My Eyes

He's so into her.
He gave her money, but she
Doesn't care a bit.

Blind Willie McTell

Deep south, magnolias,
Slaves, plantations, blues singers --
Chicken-fried music.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Blessed Is the Name

God is quite decent.
Dylan cites Noah and Lot
Who vouch for THE LORD.

Black Muddy River

When things get too tough,
Bob will walk by the river
And sing a Dead song.

Blackjack Davey

Davey charms girl, and
Steals her from her family,
And she won't go home!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Renaldo and Clara to get DVD release?

This person quotes an anonymous source near or in Dylan's management team.

As epic bombs go,
Renaldo and Clara is
Said to be The One.

Black Diamond Bay

An Altmanesque cast
In Irwin Allen's "Earthquake."
They die in the end.

Black Crow Blues

Bob wants his babe back.
He wanders, disconsolate.
He suffers mood swings.

Black Cross

Vicious white preacher
Steamrolls and hangs a black man
Who is much smarter.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The 'Billy' songs from 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid'

The Goldberg Variations of the Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett saga, all from the 1973 soundtrack album to Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid."


Bob sets grim tone for
Billy the Kid’s elegy
And for Pat Garrett’s.

Billy 1

Bob tells the story
Of Pat Garrett and Billy,
Once friends, now fighting

Billy 4

He's Billy the Kid,
A saint and a sinner, now
Dying with the West

Billy 7

Bob tells his sad tale
Of Billy and Pat, his friend.
They killed each other.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Big Yellow Taxi

Joni Mitchell's song
Bemoans development, and
Bob feels the same way.

Big River

When your girl departs
Down the big Mississippi.
You have to follow!

The Big Flood (Tupelo, or Backwater Blues)

Floods obsess Dylan.
This might be the blues song that
Started the whole thing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Guest Haiku!

My colleague Jeff Goldfarb has a 16-year-old cousin named Ben Zod. This is Ben's haiku. It has nothing to do with Bob Dylan or pop music, and that's just fine.

I saw you ridin'
Round town with the girl I love
And I'm like, haiku.

Big Boss Man

Big boss man's a jerk.
It's time that we called his bluff,
And got a new boss.

Beyond the Horizon

You can love someone
And see all your dreams come true,
So why stop loving?

Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

Our love won't be over,
Even after all this time.
Let's keep going, girl.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


Belshazzar was king
of Babylon, but he failed.
God found him wanting.

Bells of Rhymney

Welshmen get pissed off
After mine disaster, then
They go back to work.

Belle Isle

Man in a disguise
Tempts his girlfriend to cheat, but
She proves quite faithful!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


This New Orleans dance
Is done without your shoes on,
Hence the name, you see.

Barbara Allen

Young boy is dying.
Barb ignores him, then repents.
They lie side by side.

Band of the Hand (It's Hell Time, Man!)

Vigilante rock!
Take back the streets from the punks
And vested interests.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ball and Biscuit

Bob and the White Stripes
Ask a girl to fool around,
And then grab a bite.

Ballad of Ira Hayes

Indian Marine
Raises Iwo Jima flag,
Goes home, drinks and dies.

Ballad of Hollis Brown

Hollis kills his kids
And himself. They were starving.
Better dead than poor.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest

Frankie Lee scrounges.
Judas lets him -- to a point.
Then he's had enough.

Ballad of Donald White

White is a criminal,
Bound to be bad. Bob says it's
Society's fault.

Ballad of a Thin Man

Squares, hipsters, freaks, cows
And dwarfs freak out Mr. Jones,
An ignorant man.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ballad in Plain D

Bob loves one sister.
The other is a wild bitch.
They fight. Bob leaves. End.

Ballad for a Friend

My friend went out West.
He left home on a truck, but
Came home in a box.

Back Door Blues

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

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baby Won't You Be My Baby

Bob sees troubling signs
Of unrest, but keeps hitting
On a girl he likes.

Baby What Do You Want Me to Do?

I do everything
That you ask me to do, girl.
Why you want to leave?

Baby Stop Cryin'

Some asshole hurt you,
But I'll love you. Come to me,
But please be quiet.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Baby Please Don't Go

New Orleans: You know
It's a place where Bob would
Prefer you don't go.

Baby Let Me Follow You Down

I'll do what you want.
I'll follow you to your house.
Be my girlfriend.

Baby I'm in the Mood for You

I want you so bad
Sometimes. Other times I want to
Try some other things.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Baby Ain't That Fine

This song compares love
To good fried food, Georgia pines,
Birds, bells and sunshine.

As I Went out One Morning

Dylan is seduced
By the American dream.
Tom Paine rescues him.

Arthur McBride

Arthur and cousin
Won't fight in France. They clobber
The draft recruiter.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Around and Around

That joint was rockin'.
It always happens when you
Play Chuck Berry songs.

Are You Ready?

Bob's warning you, hoss.
You'd better get ready now.
The Messiah's near.

Apple Suckling Tree

A scary child's song.
Apple trees and men on hooks,
And bats straight from hell.