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  • Thanks Pete! Haven't listened to enough Bob since I stopped using a turntable. But what you say about his lyrics/poetry is dead on. That's what makes it art. Just as a Van Gogh means something different to everyone, and you may read a different meaning in The Count of Monte Cristo than I do. It's likely too that the artists themselves had something completely different in their mind when creating the work. Look at Shakespeare's Sonnets!

    Take this BOB song, Forever Young, off one of my fave unsung albums, Planet Waves. Heavily BAND influenced and inflected, and from a period in his life when children were a constant reminder of what good is possible in the world. I sang it to my kids when they were babies. It works equally well as a lullaby and a blaring anthem. And now, in a difficult point in my life, I think it might just be a song for me.

    Could be time to get that record player going again!


    BOB DYLAN

    "Forever Young"

    May God bless and keep you always
    May your wishes all come true
    May you always do for others
    And let others do for you
    May you build a ladder to the stars
    And climb on every rung
    May you stay forever young
    Forever young, forever young
    May you stay forever young.

    May you grow up to be righteous
    May you grow up to be true
    May you always know the truth
    And see the lights surrounding you
    May you always be courageous
    Stand upright and be strong
    May you stay forever young
    Forever young, forever young
    May you stay forever young.

    May your hands always be busy
    May your feet always be swift
    May you have a strong foundation
    When the winds of changes shift
    May your heart always be joyful
    And may your song always be sung
    May you stay forever young
    Forever young, forever young
    May you stay forever young.
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