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Bob Dylan — Not Dark Yet
Album: Time Out Of Mind
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Released: 1997
Length: 6:26
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Shadows are falling and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well, I've been to London and I've been to gay Paris
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of a whirlpool of lies
I ain't looking for nothin' in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there
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Superbly written, genius Dylan✌️
Just incredible! I have heard it hundreds of times,,, and I’m moved every single time
One of Bob's best for sure, and that's saying a lot.
Glad to see it still gets the occasional spin here at RP.
 3Chords wrote:
The only songwriter who deserves a Nobel Prize in literature.
 
Along with Leonard Cohen. 
The only songwriter who deserves a Nobel Prize in literature.
Not that he needs more superlatives, but this is one of his finest songs.  No word play, no strange characters, no echoes of the Beat or Woody or weed.  Just plain, contemplative, sharp lyrics by someone who knows something about wisdom. 
  Moak wrote:
Masterpiece
  
On_The_Beach wrote:

{#Yes}

Shadows are falling and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well, I've been to London and I've been to gay Paree
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain't looking for nothing in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

I was born here and I'll die here, against my will
I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.



 
{#Clap}
 lshinkawa wrote:
Call me a clueless rube, if you will, but it 's difficult to appreciate the depth, soul and intelligence of Bob Dylan's lyrics and music with that horrendously painful voice.
 

 
That's part of his brilliance! How should one sound when pouring their soul?
Peace  
Comment 100:

'I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still...'
Dylan is the Church. Dylan is the Hotel Room. Father of Night...
 Bosami wrote:
Ahhhhhhhhh. Sublime. Beautiful.

To romeotuma:  This one squeezes the gizzards out of me....

 

This song is from a brilliant thematic album about time passage— Time Out Of Mind...

hard to believe so much time has passed since Bob Dylan was lamenting his age and mortality in this song...

in classical poetic elemental imagery, the time of day connotes time passage... for example, early morning imagery demonstrates youth, while night imagery implies old age...

for Bob Dylan in 1997, it was not dark yet, but getting there...

time flies when we're having fun... everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this song, and this whole album...

this song squeezes my gizzards, and it is soooo good for the ears...

hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute, Bosami...


Stay away from the edge .... There are always better days to come.
My god he's such a great songwriter. 
Call me a clueless rube, if you will, but it 's difficult to appreciate the depth, soul and intelligence of Bob Dylan's lyrics and music with that horrendously painful voice.
 
Much as I like Bob Dylan, his voice does remind me of a 1970 Honda Dream 79cc motorcycle exhaust.


brilliant song...  time flies when we're having fun...

 
Boy, I wonder if Afie Jurvanen listened to this a lot before he wrote "Lost In The Light." 
I'm not normally a Bob fan but once or twice every decade he comes up with a pearler. Not quite convinced about the "Gay Paree" line though.
I love-love-love his poetry; just wish other people would sing them as I am not a fan of his voice.  Though he does do well in getting the impression of this words thru.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Moak wrote:
Masterpiece
 
{#Yes}

Shadows are falling and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well, I've been to London and I've been to gay Paree
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain't looking for nothing in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

I was born here and I'll die here, against my will
I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.




i´m a person with no religious inclination, whatever. but this song is one to fall down on your knees in awe.
yeah: this is what "godlike" means...

yes...
 
 Wisecrowe wrote:
Time Out of Mind and Nashville Skyline are the two most timeless sounding Dylan albums for me. I always find myself returning to them and discovering.
  

Wise, yes.


I was born here and I'll die here. Against my will.
What can you say - Genius

What would music be like without Bobby Zimmerman?  Oh no, I'll think about it tomorrow. {#Clap}


This song is soooo profound...  I vividly remember seeing Dylan perform this in concert in 1997...  time flies out of mind when we're having fun...  love it...


Outstanding.
 a_genuine_find wrote:
child praying
 

Dulcolax, anyone?
amazing... This song is fifteen years old and has the making of being a Dylan classic!

The Zimmy will not be televised...
very nice !
 ajlept wrote:
Extremely tolerable Dylan.....nice!

 
Too many knee-jerk 8+ votes I think because it is Dylan, but overall it is not too bad. I'm upping my vote since it is over 6min long and doesn't feel like his typical 20min "I'm such a poet" lullaby.

 gortacleva wrote:
Frankly Godlike —> 10!
 

{#Yes}

absolutely incredible...  love it...


I miss listening to this album-fabulous song and album cover to cover....

"I ain't looking for anything in anyone's eyes"
Extremely tolerable Dylan.....nice!

 sunny_day wrote:
truly a beautiful song. his voice may not be for everybody (i like it this way though) but this is a song that can be sung by other artists with great success. any covers yet? :)
 
Robyn Hitchcock released a whole CD of Dylan covers a few years ago, including this song.  It struck me as a pretty terrible idea.  I think it's out of print so others must have felt the same way.

I love the original and have no desire to hear anyone cover it.

 Bosami wrote:
Ahhhhhhhhh. Sublime. Beautiful.

To romeotuma This one squeezes the gizzards out of me....
 

I know what you mean...  I love it...  



I've always appreciated Dylans songwriting genius but had a hard time appreciating his voice. This one has me appreciating both.
Frankly Godlike —> 10!
Ahhhhhhhhh. Sublime. Beautiful.

To romeotuma This one squeezes the gizzards out of me....

truly a beautiful song. his voice may not be for everybody (i like it this way though) but this is a song that can be sung by other artists with great success. any covers yet? :)


I saw Dylan play this live...  what a moment...  time flies when you're having fun... sigh...


No, wait! Its the voice of a troll holding his nose!! :D

Love ya, Bob.  
 Wisecrowe wrote:


The voice of an angel? Teeth? A tongue?

 
It sounds more like he's chewing on a rat.

 Decoy wrote:
One of my favorites from Bob...simple, but huge impact...

always think of myself on a hot summer day, enjoying a cold beer at the point in the day where there are no shadows, wondering how the hell I got to where I am, and where did all the time go?
 
bravo - well said.
 sdn wrote:
Did he have something in his mouth when he sang this?
 

The voice of an angel? Teeth? A tongue?

Time Out of Mind and Nashville Skyline are the two most timeless sounding Dylan albums for me. I always find myself returning to them and discovering.
Did he have something in his mouth when he sang this?
 Decoy wrote:
One of my favorites from Bob...simple, but huge impact...

always think of myself on a hot summer day, enjoying a cold beer at the point in the day where there are no shadows, wondering how the hell I got to where I am, and where did all the time go?
 

{#Yes}{#Clap}
One of my favorites from Bob...simple, but huge impact...

always think of myself on a hot summer day, enjoying a cold beer at the point in the day where there are no shadows, wondering how the hell I got to where I am, and where did all the time go?
Masterpiece


child praying
 megisi wrote:
Christ, 15 votes of "3" or less, including six "1" votes.

Unbelievable.

 
Probably youngins' that don't know no better!



This song is soooo good for the ears...


 gjeeg wrote:
Sorry, but Bob sounds like someone has their hand around his throat.
 
Trying to stop Kermit's voice.. unsuccessfully. LOL {#Wink}
Personally, I'd rather listen to older Bob.. What happened on/after Lay Lady Lay?
Nice tune, but have to agree he spoils it when he opens his mouth!

Christ, 15 votes of "3" or less, including six "1" votes.

Unbelievable.

I have never heard this before but I have to say that this is one of the best songs I've ever heard him sing.
I get sick of people trashing his voice all the time. Get over it.

 sunny_day wrote:


Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki (click here).
 

I think it was in "Wonder boys"..Great movie, btw.

As I recently posted regarding David Byrne, "I can understand why his voice bothers some, but I can't explain why I like it!" 

One of Dylans finer moments...and there's many..10.

I had completely lost sight of this beautiful song.  Thanks for the reminder.




love it...




This is a great song from a great album...  can't believe it has gotten as old as it has...  I saw Dylan on tour for this album in 1997...


Sorry, but Bob sounds like someone has their hand around his throat.
Following on the heels of And Your Bird Can Sing, I want to say thanks, Bob, for helping the Fabs become appreciaters of fine horticulture; that is, for persuading them to become herbivores.
 toterola wrote:
Me and ol' Bobby have been through a lot together. Triumph, tragedy, birth, death, high and low. Definitely the light of my musical life. {#Notworthy}

 
I could not agree with you more...if there was a soundtrack to my life, Dylan would dominate!

Me and ol' Bobby have been through a lot together. Triumph, tragedy, birth, death, high and low. Definitely the light of my musical life. {#Notworthy}

Beautiful
 burdell wrote:
I really, really want to dislike Bob Dylan, then I hears this. Oh well.
 
Ditto. One of the few Dylan songs I can stand.
This is me smiling . . .

. . .1 . . sorry Bob, don't like it.



I saw Dylan play this in 1997...  I saw Christopher Parkening that year, too...  it was a banner year...


I really, really want to dislike Bob Dylan, then I hears this. Oh well.
Admittedly, I'm not in the same room as the music, but this sounds like a goat bleating.
ulibcn wrote:
BTW I could swear I heard this song together with the final credits of a great movie. Could anybody help?
Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki (click here).
Perfect.
ulibcn wrote:
BTW I could swear I heard this song together with the final credits of a great movie. Could anybody help?
I've never seen the movie, but it is on the Wonder Boys soundtrack.
A man down my town centre who lives in the bank doorway sounds like this? Does Bob Dylan like white lightning cider? PS he is still a god but not for this track....... :drunk:
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
Only believers get to heaven, and of course Bob IS God, so looks like you may be condemned to listen to Falco on permanent rotation
If Bob is God & permanently stays in heaven, I'd rather retire and go to hell than try to reach heaven too.... Falco is a bad thing, no question. But Bob's always been boooooooring to my ears. :flamed:
milehighYinzer wrote:
I like the Dylan right after Waits. Annoy the people who only think music is about having the American Idol perfect voices.
Yeah, me too, and agree with your comment also! What a wonderful piece of music this is!
farbenblinde wrote:
The best thing about death - other than going to heaven - is no more Bob Dylan to listen to (unless he is also in heaven)
Only believers get to heaven, and of course Bob IS God, so looks like you may be condemned to listen to Falco on permanent rotation
Channeling Marlon Brando...?
Yawn :fever:
It\'s easy to dislike much from Bob . . . but I find that his most recent stuff is far less objectionable than his old stuff. This song is quite nice.
The best thing about death - other than going to heaven - is no more Bob Dylan to listen to (unless he is also in heaven)
Hard to dislike much from Bob...He is a soul toucher... :guitarist:
milehighYinzer wrote:
I like the Dylan right after Waits. Annoy the people who only think music is about having the American Idol perfect voices.
Huh. I thought it was perfect for an altogether different reason: two very spooky songs in a row.
GChevy410 wrote:
I agree, and it cracks me up too. I just don't think too many of those people listen to RP.
You'd be surprised.
Hurray!! This is the first time I've been blown away by Dylan in the last 30 years. I've spent quite a few years secretly wanting to like him again.
On_The_Beach wrote:
Love this song. One of Dylan's finest "recent" moments. The production from Lanois is perfect (although Dylan was rumoured to say he felt the production sounded too much like Daniel Lanois - go figger).
:yes:
I just think this is a superb song.
Great production by Daniel Lanois, who was born a fews streets away from where I work here in Hull--now Gatineau--Quebec. RP should play DL songs--they are great too.
The Bard Lanois + Dylan, a short but magical relationship...
BTW I could swear I heard this song together with the final credits of a great movie. Could anybody help?
Talking Heads Tom Waits Talking Heads... Life ist beautiful! Thanks Bill
"Good. Recent. Dylan." Only Dylan could make this not an oxymoron. Such is genius.
Great military-style drumbeat--evoking a regimented, grim funeral.
This is a F@*&king BRILLIANT album!One of his best! and this song says it all!
Love this song. One of Dylan's finest "recent" moments. The production from Lanois is perfect (although Dylan was rumoured to say he felt the production sounded too much like Daniel Lanois - go figger).
milehighYinzer wrote:
I like the Dylan right after Waits. Annoy the people who only think music is about having the American Idol perfect voices.
I agree, and it cracks me up too. I just don't think too many of those people listen to RP.
Amazing - a Dylan song I didn't loathe on contact. Actually, this is quite good.
I like the Dylan right after Waits. Annoy the people who only think music is about having the American Idol perfect voices.
Lkw wrote:
Now, at March 6th 2004, this song is never played on Radio Paradise. I think that's a pity and shame etc., because in my opinion the song is a beauty. It gives me the sensation of an old and wise man singin' to me, it makes me feel safe... Hm :)
I was gonna type one out, but you did it for me.
Brilliant. No less.
Now, at March 6th 2004, this song is never played on Radio Paradise. I think that's a pity and shame etc., because in my opinion the song is a beauty. It gives me the sensation of an old and wise man singin' to me, it makes me feel safe... Hm :)