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Bob Dylan — Jokerman
Album: Infidels
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Released: 1983
Length: 6:10
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Standing on the water casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing.
Distant ships sailing into the mist,
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing.
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with truth so far off, what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky,
You rise up and say goodbye to no one.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,
Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don't show one.
Shedding off one more layer of skin,
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

You're a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds,
Manipulator of crowds, you're a dream twister.
You're going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain't nobody there would want to marry your sister.
Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame,
You look into the fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

Well, the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy,
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers.
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed,
Michelangelo indeed could've carved out your features.
Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space,
Half asleep neath the stars with a small dog licking your face.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh. oh. oh. Jokerman.

Well, the rifleman's stalking the sick and the lame,
Preacherman seeks the same, who'll get there first is uncertain.
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks,
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain,
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin,
Only a matter of time 'til night comes steppin' in.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.

It's a shadowy world, skies are slippery gray,
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet.
He'll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat,
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot.
Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants,
Oh, Jokerman, you don't show any response.

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune,
Bird fly high by the light of the moon,
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman.
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One  of my favorite Dylan songs.  I never tire of hearing those amazing lyrics.
PSD got me to this wonderful song.
Thanks, BillG & Rebecca, for that feature on RP.
Oh... man...lyrics..so..profound....far .. out

-- Tokerman
Sounds like someone doing a bad Bob Dylan imitation. But it's not (or is it?).
Make him stop singing....please! Amazing writer, bad singer.
Great song and great album.
Who be that Jokerman?


And Bob...why don't you play this song at shows? By gosh...it's a keeper.  
 peter_james_bond wrote:

More great lyrics from Dylan:

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
Distant ships sailing into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with the truth so far off, what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don’t show one
Shedding off one more layer of skin
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

You’re a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister
You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister
Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame
You look into the fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed
Michelangelo indeed could’ve carved out your features
Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

It’s a shadowy world, skies are slippery grey
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
He’ll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot
Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants
Oh, Jokerman, you don’t show any response

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman


 

Thanks for posting.  Proves once again what everyone knows.  Dylan is the master of storytelling and lyrics.  And I happen to love his harmonica and voice.  There are times I'll listen to 2 or 3 albums straight through, particularly his first eight, in one sitting!! 
 bluedot wrote:
I dunno. I think "Modern Times" is really cool.

 
Jelani wrote:
I keep trying to tell myself it's getting better as it goes along, and along, and along.
It's not. 
 

Haha, I get it now...you're talking about THIS song in particular.  Yeah, it does drag a bit to the end..
 


I dunno. I think "Modern Times" is really cool.

 
Jelani wrote:
I keep trying to tell myself it's getting better as it goes along, and along, and along.
It's not. 
 


 lemmoth wrote:
For all you Bob-haters out there - All Music says it best:

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock. And that just touches on the tip of his achievements. Dylan's force was evident during his height of popularity in the '60s — the Beatles' shift toward introspective songwriting in the mid-'60s never would have happened without him — but his influence echoed throughout several subsequent generations, as many of his songs became popular standards and his best albums became undisputed classics of the rock & roll canon. Dylan's influence throughout folk music was equally powerful, and he marks a pivotal turning point in its 20th century evolution, signifying when the genre moved away from traditional songs and toward personal songwriting. Even when his sales declined in the '80s and '90s, Dylan's presence rarely lagged, and his commercial revival in the 2000s proved his staying power.
 
like he said (or her)...
For all you Bob-haters out there - All Music says it best:

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock. And that just touches on the tip of his achievements. Dylan's force was evident during his height of popularity in the '60s — the Beatles' shift toward introspective songwriting in the mid-'60s never would have happened without him — but his influence echoed throughout several subsequent generations, as many of his songs became popular standards and his best albums became undisputed classics of the rock & roll canon. Dylan's influence throughout folk music was equally powerful, and he marks a pivotal turning point in its 20th century evolution, signifying when the genre moved away from traditional songs and toward personal songwriting. Even when his sales declined in the '80s and '90s, Dylan's presence rarely lagged, and his commercial revival in the 2000s proved his staying power.


I keep trying to tell myself it's getting better as it goes along, and along, and along.
It's not. 
yuck...and i like Dylan
genius, I'm not joking....
 vit wrote:
So the world flipped out when Dylan "went electric." What about when he added fake drums, a synthesizer and patent overproduction? Too bad too 'cause I hear the lyrics to this song are really good and I don't mind his voice.

 
did any 60's/ 70's rock artist avoid the80's style production cliches?  none that I can think of

My first, and probably for that reason, favorite Dylan album. I only wish I still had my turntable to play it!
 vit wrote:
So the world flipped out when Dylen "went electric." What about when he added fake drums, a synthesizer and patent overproduction? Too bad too 'cause I hear the lyrics to this song are really good and I don't mind his voice.
 
Overproduction? {#Think}     

 peter_james_bond wrote:

More great lyrics from Dylan:

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
Distant ships sailing into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with the truth so far off, what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don’t show one
Shedding off one more layer of skin
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

You’re a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister
You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister
Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame
You look into the fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed
Michelangelo indeed could’ve carved out your features
Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

It’s a shadowy world, skies are slippery grey
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
He’ll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot
Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants
Oh, Jokerman, you don’t show any response

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman


 
Thank you SO much, Mr. Bond, for posting these lyrics.{#Clap} They remind me of why I suffer through Dylan's singing and harmonica-playing. His words are absolutely brilliant, and are worth whatever it takes to get past his vocals. In fact, somehow, his voice adds something poignant and meaningful to whatever he writes.  Damn - I'm gonna have to re-invest in some Dylan stuff now.  (Thank you SO much, Mr. Bond, for making me realize I'm going to spend money I don't have.) {#Tongue-out}{#Roflol}
While a bit rare this is a great song to see Dylan perform Live.    {#Clap}

So the world flipped out when Dylan "went electric." What about when he added fake drums, a synthesizer and patent overproduction? Too bad too 'cause I hear the lyrics to this song are really good and I don't mind his voice.

More great lyrics from Dylan:

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
Distant ships sailing into the mist
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing
Freedom just around the corner for you
But with the truth so far off, what good will it do?

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

So swiftly the sun sets in the sky
You rise up and say goodbye to no one
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
Both of their futures, so full of dread, you don’t show one
Shedding off one more layer of skin
Keeping one step ahead of the persecutor within

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

You’re a man of the mountains, you can walk on the clouds
Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister
You’re going to Sodom and Gomorrah
But what do you care? Ain’t nobody there would want to marry your sister
Friend to the martyr, a friend to the woman of shame
You look into the fiery furnace, see the rich man without any name

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy
The law of the jungle and the sea are your only teachers
In the smoke of the twilight on a milk-white steed
Michelangelo indeed could’ve carved out your features
Resting in the fields, far from the turbulent space
Half asleep near the stars with a small dog licking your face

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

Well, the rifleman’s stalking the sick and the lame
Preacherman seeks the same, who’ll get there first is uncertain
Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks
Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain
False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin
Only a matter of time ’til night comes steppin’ in

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman

It’s a shadowy world, skies are slippery grey
A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet
He’ll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat
Take the motherless children off the street
And place them at the feet of a harlot
Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants
Oh, Jokerman, you don’t show any response

Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune
Bird fly high by the light of the moon
Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman


 peter_james_bond wrote:

Yes, I know....fantastic song!!

 

LOL! I used the time to re-boot the machine after an update to some software was installed. I was holding it for a while due to the sequence of pretty good tracks that preceded this one {#Biggrin}
Steaming pile of…
What don't you get?
An easy 8-9 
 alph wrote:
The vocals on this song are absolutely brutal. 9.

 
Brutal, you forgot to say, and Long
Agree with the 9  {#Clap}
 unclelonghair wrote:
Wow... this is really bad.
 

That's hilarious; I just said to my coworkers, "This is really bad", then I logged in to post it, and you beat me to it!
Jokerman wants Bill to stop playing this crap.
I wonder what this would sound like a la Bruce Springsteen instead?
bad, as in, not good. . .

Wow... this is really bad.
I already don't like Dylan...and this one just lowers the bar even further. Didn't think it could be lower...but it faithfully did.

 4merdj wrote:
W.T.F.?
 
Yes, I know....fantastic song!!

A Joke
W.T.F.?
wow this is so F-ing bad.. I feel like I'm sitting in an asian restaurant, listening to the asian language muzak with cheesy keyboard accompaniment, only this one is in engrish..

 alph wrote:
The vocals on this song are absolutely brutal. 9.

 
I feel exactly the same way! Only I gave it an 8.{#Lol}Great song!

Mark Knopfler at the guitar??
Quite a shy one... indeed.

 a_genuine_find wrote:
And this is the smallest font ... {#Eek} .... {#Whisper} a LOT of Dylan
Bob Dylan    A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    All Along the Watchtower    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    All Along the Watchtower    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Ballad of a Thin Man    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Beyond Here Lies Nothin    Together Through Life
Bob Dylan    Black Diamond Bay    Desire
Bob Dylan    Bob Dylan's 115th Dream    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Buckets of Rain    Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan    Country Pie    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Day Of The Locusts    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Days of 49    Self Portrait
Bob Dylan    Dear Landlord    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    Desolation Row    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Desolation Row    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Dignity    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan    Down Along the Cove    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    Everything is Broken    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Forever Young    Planet Waves
Bob Dylan    Girl From The North Country (With Johnny Cash)    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Gotta Serve Somebody    Greatest Hits Volume 3
Bob Dylan    Gotta Serve Somebody    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Highway 61 Revisited    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Honest With Me    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Hurricane    Desire
Bob Dylan    Idiot Wind    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Idiot Wind    Bootleg Series Vol.1-3
Bob Dylan    If Dogs Run Free    New Morning
Bob Dylan    If Not For You    New Morning
Bob Dylan    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bob Dylan    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    I Shall Be Released    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    I Threw It All Away    Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan    It's All Over Now, Baby Blue    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    It Takes a Lot to Laugh...    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Jokerman    Infidels
Bob Dylan    Jolene    Together Through Life
Bob Dylan    Just Like a Woman    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Knockin' On Heaven's Door    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Lay Lady Lay    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Like a Rolling Stone    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Like A Rolling Stone    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Love Henry    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    Love Minus Zero/No Limit    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Love Sick    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    Maggie's Farm    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Maggie's Farm (Live at the Newport Folk Festival)    No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
Bob Dylan    Make You Feel My Love    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    Man Gave Names To All the Animals    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Man in the Long Black Coat    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Mississippi    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Most of the Time    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Mozambique    Desire
Bob Dylan    Mr. Tambourine Man    The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 - B
Bob Dylan    My Back Pages    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disk 1)
Bob Dylan    Nashville Skyline Rag    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    New Morning    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Not Dark Yet    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    One More Cup Of Coffee    Desire
Bob Dylan    One More Night    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    One More Weekend    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Peggy Day    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Percy's Song    Biograph
Bob Dylan    Political World    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Positively 4th Street    Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Rollin' And Tumblin'    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    Romance In Durango    Desire
Bob Dylan    She Belongs to Me    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Shelter From The Storm    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Silvio    Down In The Groove
Bob Dylan    Simple Twist Of Fate    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Slow Train    Dylan & The Dead
Bob Dylan    Slow Train    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Stack A Lee    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Subterranean Homesick Blues    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Summer Days    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Sweetheart Like You    Infidels
Bob Dylan    Talking World War III Blues    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan    Tangled Up In Blue    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Tell Me That It Isn't True    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    The Levee's Gonna Break    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)    Self Portrait
Bob Dylan    The times they are a-changin'    The times they are a-changin'
Bob Dylan    The Times They Are A-Changin'    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Things Have Changed    Wonder Boys (soundtrack)
Bob Dylan    Thunder On The Mountain    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    To Be Alone With You    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Tombstone Blues    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Tombstone Blues    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Tweedly Dum & Tweedly Dee    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Unbelievable    Under The Red Sky
Bob Dylan    Visions of Johanna    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Watching The River Flow    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disk 1)
Bob Dylan    What Was It You Wanted    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    When I Paint My Masterpiece    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    Workingman's Blues 2    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    World Gone Wrong    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bob Dylan    You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    You Wanna Ramble    Knocked Out Loaded

 

This is a nice list with many of my favorite Dylan songs. Here is my list of 30 or so songs that should also be included: 4th Time Around, Absolutely Sweet Marie, All I Really Want To Do, Blind Willie McTell, Blowin' In The Wind, Boots Of Spanish Leather, Changing of the Guard, Chimes Of Freedom, Cold Irons Bound, Corrina, Corrina, Dark Eyes, Drifter's Escape, Every Grain of Sand, I Shall Be Free, I Want You, If Not For You, If You See Her, Say Hello, Isis, It Ain't Me Babe, Masters of War, Obviously 5 Believers, Oh, Sister, One of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later), Queen Jane Approximately, Ring Them Bells, Sara, Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Spanish Harlem Incident, Temporary Like Achilles, To Ramona, Tomorrow Is a Long Time, With God On Our Side and You're A Big Girl.



The vocals on this song are absolutely brutal. 9.


Bob Dylan by ~JSaurer
©2008-2010 ~JSaurer

"his bobness", the voice of America.
I think this man don't need a introduction...

airbrush, water colours & pencils, 1994



Bob is no slouch as a DJ building sets, himself. His Theme Time Radio show on XM is fun and educational. Can't say the same about this song. 3, and that's charitable.

DungEye wrote:

Ah! Music to release your bowls to!
DungEye - why are you holding bowls captive? Let your bowls run free!

Ah! Music to release your bowls to!
 onerb wrote:
Absolutely love this and the whole album for that matter.
 
I'm with ya on that.  I'm rather picky when it comes to Dylan, but this I like.

Number one stuck in head song of all times for me! Good thing I really like it even though poor Bob can't sing worth a lick!{#Lol}........8
This one breaks the "3" rating barrier. Not many do with Bob in my book. It almost sounds like if Tom Petty never passed his Special Ed classes on pronunciation of the English language...then decides to roll into a whiny harmonica to spite his parents because Bob is such a "rebel".
And this is the smallest font ... {#Eek} .... {#Whisper} a LOT of Dylan
Bob Dylan    A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    All Along the Watchtower    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    All Along the Watchtower    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Ballad of a Thin Man    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Beyond Here Lies Nothin    Together Through Life
Bob Dylan    Black Diamond Bay    Desire
Bob Dylan    Bob Dylan's 115th Dream    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Buckets of Rain    Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan    Country Pie    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Day Of The Locusts    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Days of 49    Self Portrait
Bob Dylan    Dear Landlord    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    Desolation Row    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Desolation Row    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Dignity    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan    Down Along the Cove    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    Everything is Broken    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Forever Young    Planet Waves
Bob Dylan    Girl From The North Country (With Johnny Cash)    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Gotta Serve Somebody    Greatest Hits Volume 3
Bob Dylan    Gotta Serve Somebody    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Highway 61 Revisited    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Honest With Me    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Hurricane    Desire
Bob Dylan    Idiot Wind    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Idiot Wind    Bootleg Series Vol.1-3
Bob Dylan    If Dogs Run Free    New Morning
Bob Dylan    If Not For You    New Morning
Bob Dylan    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bob Dylan    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    I Shall Be Released    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    I Threw It All Away    Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan    It's All Over Now, Baby Blue    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    It Takes a Lot to Laugh...    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Jokerman    Infidels
Bob Dylan    Jolene    Together Through Life
Bob Dylan    Just Like a Woman    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Knockin' On Heaven's Door    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Lay Lady Lay    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Like a Rolling Stone    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Like A Rolling Stone    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Love Henry    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    Love Minus Zero/No Limit    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Love Sick    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    Maggie's Farm    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Maggie's Farm (Live at the Newport Folk Festival)    No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
Bob Dylan    Make You Feel My Love    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    Man Gave Names To All the Animals    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Man in the Long Black Coat    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Mississippi    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Most of the Time    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Mozambique    Desire
Bob Dylan    Mr. Tambourine Man    The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 - B
Bob Dylan    My Back Pages    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disk 1)
Bob Dylan    Nashville Skyline Rag    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    New Morning    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Not Dark Yet    Time Out Of Mind
Bob Dylan    One More Cup Of Coffee    Desire
Bob Dylan    One More Night    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    One More Weekend    New Morning
Bob Dylan    Peggy Day    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Percy's Song    Biograph
Bob Dylan    Political World    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    Positively 4th Street    Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Rainy Day Women #12 & 35    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Rollin' And Tumblin'    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    Romance In Durango    Desire
Bob Dylan    She Belongs to Me    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Shelter From The Storm    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Silvio    Down In The Groove
Bob Dylan    Simple Twist Of Fate    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Slow Train    Dylan & The Dead
Bob Dylan    Slow Train    Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan    Stack A Lee    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Subterranean Homesick Blues    Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan    Summer Days    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Sweetheart Like You    Infidels
Bob Dylan    Talking World War III Blues    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan    Tangled Up In Blue    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    Tell Me That It Isn't True    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest    John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan    The Levee's Gonna Break    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)    Self Portrait
Bob Dylan    The times they are a-changin'    The times they are a-changin'
Bob Dylan    The Times They Are A-Changin'    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Things Have Changed    Wonder Boys (soundtrack)
Bob Dylan    Thunder On The Mountain    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    To Be Alone With You    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Tombstone Blues    Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan    Tombstone Blues    MTV Unplugged
Bob Dylan    Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You    Nashvillie Skyline
Bob Dylan    Tweedly Dum & Tweedly Dee    Love and Theft
Bob Dylan    Unbelievable    Under The Red Sky
Bob Dylan    Visions of Johanna    Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan    Watching The River Flow    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disk 1)
Bob Dylan    What Was It You Wanted    Oh Mercy
Bob Dylan    When I Paint My Masterpiece    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II (Disc 2)
Bob Dylan    Workingman's Blues 2    Modern Times
Bob Dylan    World Gone Wrong    World Gone Wrong
Bob Dylan    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bob Dylan    You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go    Blood On The Tracks
Bob Dylan    You Wanna Ramble    Knocked Out Loaded

 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
Indeed.

OK, I;m going on the record and admitting I like this Dylan tune ( I actually do like some of the more recent stuff but don't tell anyone) .  His musical style is so much more mature {#Smile}
 sdn wrote:
Gee, do you think Bill likes Dylan?
 

I know I sure do! This is one of those songs that stays in yer head for at least a week after hearing it, but that's ok wit me!{#Clap}
Gee, do you think Bill likes Dylan?
raewah wrote:
Funny how he, most likely, could not have made it on American Idol. Probably would be voted out in the first round. Cannot trust the public to pick amazing performers and lyricists.

Yesh!

Funny how he, most likely, could not have made it on American Idol.  Probably would be voted out in the first round.  Cannot trust the public to pick amazing performers and lyricists. 


This song is soooo good for the ears...




"Jokerman" Live in London 24/11/03:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWcIVUX1bvw

"Jokerman" cover by Caetano Veloso Live:   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgaSNPhQ9vo




 Dylan's last 3 albums have been excellent. I like "Modern Times," but
all his work as of late is very good. Rock on Mr. Z
Jokerstriking similarities in the personal grooming, eh?

One of my favorite Dylan tunes. Stunning lyrics, great music, and he sings it like he means it!
Absolutely love this and the whole album for that matter.
Anybody else think Bob shows a striking resemblance to The Zohan on the cover?

That poor tortured microphone. Bob, how could you?

More proof that he's a brilliant writer who should not be allowed to sing within 100 feet of a recording device, for the good of humanity.

cringe
Perhaps his greatest document.
Neighbiorhood Bully a quintessential achievement.
omg; Have heard this song countless times without knowing it is Knopfler !!

Love ya Bob, but that's some seriously bad facial hair!
I'm not a Dylan fan either, though I must say he has a way with words - in almost a beat poet sort of way.  This one though. . .kind of like it.  Maybe it's Knopfler's magic hands on the guitar?  Not sure.  I have to give it some points.
 FlatCat wrote:
Love Dylan. Not this though. The oh-oh-oh-oh-oh before "Jokerman" is painful. 
 
exactly my thoughts.

Love Dylan. Not this though. The oh-oh-oh-oh-oh before "Jokerman" is painful. 
Not really a fan of Dylan at all.  I appreciate his talent, and understand why others like him, but his voice just doesn't do it for me.

Never knew he collaborated with Knopfler, though.  Thanks to be previous commenter for confirming that was MK's guitar (though, truthfully, there was never any doubt in my mind...).
I think I would like it more if it wasn't dylan's painful voice.
A fav from 1983's Infidels album. It has all you could ask for in a Dylan song and the band with Mark Knopfler really hums. Lyrics are thought provoking too. Just a sample, Well, the rifleman's stalking the sick and the lame, Preacherman seeks the same, who'll get there first is uncertain. Nightsticks and water cannons, tear gas, padlocks, Molotov cocktails and rocks behind every curtain, False-hearted judges dying in the webs that they spin, Only a matter of time 'til night comes steppin' in. Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune, Bird fly high by the light of the moon, Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman. It's a shadowy world, skies are slippery gray, A woman just gave birth to a prince today and dressed him in scarlet. He'll put the priest in his pocket, put the blade to the heat, Take the motherless children off the street And place them at the feet of a harlot. Oh, Jokerman, you know what he wants, Oh, Jokerman, you don't show any response. Jokerman dance to the nightingale tune, Bird fly high by the light of the moon, Oh, oh, oh, Jokerman. Why not give it a spin again?