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Bob Dylan — I Contain Multitudes
Album: Rough and Rowdy Ways
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Released: 2020
Length: 4:30
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Today, and tomorrow, and yesterday, too
The flowers are dyin' like all things do
Follow me close, I'm going to Bally-na-Lee
I'll lose my mind if you don't come with me
I fuss with my hair, and I fight blood feuds
I contain multitudes

Got a tell-tale heart like Mr. Poe
Got skeletons in the walls of people you know
I'll drink to the truth and the things we said
I'll drink to the man that shares your bed
I paint landscapes, and I paint nudes
I contain multitudes

A red Cadillac and a black mustache
Rings on my fingers that sparkle and flash
Tell me, what's next? What shall we do?
Half my soul, baby, belongs to you
I rollick and I frolic with all the young dudes
I contain multitudes

I'm just like Anne Frank, like Indiana Jones
And them British bad boys, The Rolling Stones
I go right to the edge, I go right to the end
I go right where all things lost are made good again
I sing the songs of experience like William Blake
I have no apologies to make
Everything's flowing all at the same time
I live on a boulevard of crime
I drive fast cars, and I eat fast foods
I contain multitudes

Pink pedal-pushers, red blue jeans
All the pretty maids, and all the old queens
All the old queens from all my past lives
I carry four pistols and two large knives
I'm a man of contradictions, I'm a man of many moods
I contain multitudes

You greedy old wolf, I'll show you my heart
But not all of it, only the hateful part
I'll sell you down the river, I'll put a price on your head
What more can I tell you? I sleep with life and death in the same bed
Get lost, madame, get up off my knee
Keep your mouth away from me
I'll keep the path open, the path in my mind
I'll see to it that there's no love left behind
I'll play Beethoven's sonatas, and Chopin's preludes
I contain multitudes
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Dylan is back to borrowing again; "I contain multitudes" is part of a song/poem written by Walt Whitman, Song To Myself
Not the biggest Bob fan, but dang, the guy can pen some fine lyrics. 
I can hear Leonard Cohen in this song 
Bob Dylan does Leonard Cohen?
I much prefer Cowboy Bob versus when he tries to shout over a rock band. In the case of the latter, it's painful on the ears.
And don't forget his Christmas video!!!!




Ok.

Christmas wishes. 

See Bobby on the road multiple times in Summer 2021!

Sacrifices will be have to be made, Jeerry! 

Who needs a job, anyway?  
Yet another masterwork with a nod to Walt Whitman. The Nobel Literature laureate demonstrates why he won ... 
'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'.

Bob has no contemporary equal. 
He'd plead guilty to listening to Tom Waits, if asked.
 Sofa_King wrote:
Horrible
 
If you don't get it, skip it. Otherwise, don't reveal yourself for what you are--truly a sofa king. Obviously, you don't get out much and likely haven't lived much of a life to offer your judgment as if you were a king. Oh, wait. You are! My condolences to those who serve you.
interesting how i never cared much for Dylan but now  he is nicely growing on me
I've got the obligaratory Hendrix perm
and the inevitable pin hole burns
all down the front of my favorite satin shirt ...
I rather like this side of Bob... the mellow cowboy ballads. Last time I was him live, it was following Time Out of Mind, which was similar with acoustic band. I was looking for ward to that. Instead, The show was was Bob screaming over a rocker band that was almost painful to the ears. I guess this is a legendary issue for Bob, and of course, it's nobody's business but his.
I just looked at the song title and realized, once again...I misheard.  He is not saying "I can't take multitudes", although it seemed appropriate.
Horrible
Paolo Conte we recognized u :-)
yawn
Only slightly interesting musically, but what fantastic lyrics.  Not just referencing Whitman but being his own 21st century version of Whitman.  Which reminds me that Dylan was a major figure of the mid 20th century and here he is a fifth of the way into the 21st still making powerful music.  That's five decades of amazing music.  They should have a Nobel prize in music, and Dyland would have been a good candidate, but he earned it in literature too.
Uh oh. 

Bob is telling a story. 

We should all listen.

Then we should ponder the album cover. 

In that order.   
Thanks Bill.
Good to hear the new Dylan on RP.
I think it's a great album. 
 FlatCat wrote:
Bob Dylan channels Leonard Cohen.
 
Interesting that they are both Jewish but very different

Leonard was a poet - and it showed

Bob is more of a .... ?

Each has plenty of others singing their compositions .... sometimes  more interestingly

I don't think there is much channeling going on here


Mr. Dylan is a treasure.
loving this...
Excellent!!!
Hilarious. Fun. I'm sure Bob enjoyed writing this. 
 Laptopdog wrote:
As important as the lyrics are with a Dylan song, I'm surprised they aren't posted for this most excellent tune.
 
Fixed.
His ragged/ravaged voice lends an urgent, yearning quality to his recent albums that I find quite enchanting. It's easy to imagine the aging artist looking back on his inimitable career and penning such a song without a care for what the rabble might think of his fragility and openness. 
 msjane wrote:
this is poetry with strumming guitar. the words are ok but BD has never been able to sing....
 
Do you have a buzzing in the ears ?? 
 msjane wrote:
this is poetry with strumming guitar. the words are ok but BD has never been able to sing....
 

Do you have a buzzing in the ears ?? 
Bob Dylan channels Leonard Cohen.
He may be a legend, but wow, this is bad.
this is poetry with strumming guitar. the words are ok but BD has never been able to sing....
"I think of myself more as a song and dance man" -Bob Dylan, 1965
As important as the lyrics are with a Dylan song, I'm surprised they aren't posted for this most excellent tune.
Pretty impressive that someone so advanced in their career (kind word for "old as dirt") can still release an album and it goes straight to the top of the charts.    I believe that Tom Petty's last album was his first #1 album, which makes me really happy and hopeful for this world. 
 mach-hog wrote:
I am listening. He sounds good. The title may be from Walt Whitman?
 
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."


Mister Dylan the boss of the boss. What a beautiful and quite song  
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
really cant understand the fascination for this mumbling dude. Overrated to say the least
 
Can't wait to hear what you put out when you're almost 80!
I'm digging this myself, call it an 8...LLRP!!
 morning_biker wrote:
Wait, are you talking to me Bob?  

Huh, no one else here yet.  So I guess you are.
 
talking to us all!
 Tylersmyler wrote:
This is not really a song.. he's just talking and strumming 
 
So vocals and instruments?
Thanks for playing some brand new Bob.
This particular song is clearly not Rough and Rowdy!  ; )
Bobby appears to be in a mellow and contemplative mood.
I like it, but I can understand the sentiment expressed by Tylersmyler ("he's just talking and strumming").
For those keeping score, Mr. Zimmerman will be 80 in May.
 mach-hog wrote:
I am listening. He sounds good. The title may be from Walt Whitman?
 
Yes. It is.
"Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes."
Getting some Cohen vibes here. Normally I'm not a big fan of his singing but I'm liking this one.
 Tylersmyler wrote:
This is not really a song.. he's just talking and strumming 
 

You just ruined Sun Kil Moon's career there, fellow
really cant understand the fascination for this mumbling dude. Overrated to say the least
This is not really a song.. he's just talking and strumming 
I am listening. He sounds good. The title may be from Walt Whitman?
For the first time in decades, you can understand what he's saying!
Wait, are you talking to me Bob?  

Huh, no one else here yet.  So I guess you are.