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Bob Dylan — Visions of Johanna
Album: Blonde on Blonde
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Total ratings: 2170









Released: 1966
Length: 7:26
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane
Louise, she's all right, she's just near
She's delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it's so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze
I can't find my knees"
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel

The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him
Sayin', "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him"
But like Louise always says
"Ya can't look at much, can ya man?"
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain
Comments (438)add comment
 lizardking wrote:

Can I submit"Lay Lady Lay" and at least get a +1 to 2 outta ya?  
 
And I'd add "Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You" to the crowned Lizard's offing. This implies Dylan could sing notes in tune but chose mostly not to. Some guy named Picasso also could paint, analogously, "in tune", but expressed himself  out of tune....

Artists, they are just so artful....
 Alastair wrote:

... I recognise the near genius of Dylan's lyrics (Cohen is still better) but he has never deliberatley sung a correct note in his life and some of us find that impossible to like or forgive....
 
Can I submit"Lay Lady Lay" and at least get a +1 to 2 outta ya?  
Not Bob...
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWgApS...
 DunstanBurke wrote:

"Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule". The list of amazing sentences goes on and on. What sense do they make? I don't know. But I never get tired of hearing them, for some strange reason I cannot fathom. 

 
I believe he's in the Louvre and watching fat tourists at this point.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face

Gotta love his Bobness.
 
"Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule". The list of amazing sentences goes on and on. What sense do they make? I don't know. But I never get tired of hearing them, for some strange reason I cannot fathom. 

 Shipp wrote:
Stunned by some quite ignorant comments. What are those people doing here? Godalmighty!
 
We're here because we have a wide range of musical tastes which is different from liking everything.  I recognise the near genius of Dylan's lyrics (Cohen is still better) but he has never deliberatley sung a correct note in his life and some of us find that impossible to like or forgive.  The only ignorance being displayed on here is those who think Dylan should be adored simply because he exists.   
"Visions of Johanna" é uma canção escrita pelo músico norte-americano Bob Dylan e lançada em seu álbum Blonde on Blonde, de 1966. Vários críticos aclamaram a música como uma de suas maiores realizações como compositor, elogiando a alusividade e a sutileza da linguagem. A revista Rolling Stone a incluiu em sua lista das 500 Maiores Canções de Todos os Tempos. Em 1999, Sir Andrew Motion, poeta laureado do Reino Unido, listou como sua candidata para a maior letra de música já escrita. Mãe DE ÉPOCA
 ace-marc wrote:

I know right?
Slamming Dylan just makes you look like a musical idiot.
 
Not a musical idiot, more like a cultural idiot.  As a classically-trained musician, who went to the dark side (rock),  on the surface I find Dylan musically dull and predictable; the same limited palette of chords and progressions, with little or no ornamentation, exploration or non-standard harmony.  But he writes amazing songs.
 ace-marc wrote:

I know right?
Slamming Dylan just makes you look like a musical idiot.
 
I dunno, man. Just the way he sings grates on me for some reason. There are very few artists whose work I actively dislike. Dylan and Drake come to mind.

Edited to add: I freely admit I may just be a musical idiot, since I'm not a musician and have no musical training. Maybe if I had more education about the technical details, I'd appreciate him more. All I know is some music makes me want to turn it up, some makes me want to turn it down, and some makes me want to turn it off. The last category is very small for me, but does include Dylan, Drake, and probably a few others that aren't coming to mind right now.

Edited again: Just in case anyone is wondering, I know Dylan and Drake are VERY different. I didn't mean to equate them in any way, other than not caring for them. It's like someone saying they hate disco and rap, or that they hate anchovies and strawberries.
Speechless. No praise is too high.
 Shipp wrote:
Stunned by some quite ignorant comments. What are those people doing here? Godalmighty!
 
I know right?
Slamming Dylan just makes you look like a musical idiot.
perfect.
Was gonna name my child Johanna, but had to settle for Stevland.
 patrick_larson wrote:
so damn boring. Sorry guys.
 
you can't help it, least you're self aware

What do you mean about  all this hatred for Dylan? Just add up
all the votes rated 7-10 vs 1-4, seems like way more listeners
love him 
All of this informed opinion states if you don't like Bob there must be something wrong with you. Well, try this for size, I think if you do like Bob there must be something wrong with you.  Opinions opinions, bloody great. Unlike Bob Dylan, who is bloody awful.
Well said!! Thank you! ✌️ thais wrote:
I think more and more that "Hating Bob Dylan" is an undying sport...
I´ve given up trying understand why people have to express their hatred so vehemently about something that is just Art (not Science / Phylosophy / Politics).
Of course I know his songs have a little bit (sometimes quite a bit) of each of these things, but not so deep that they stop being Art.
If you don´t like it why can´t you just ignore it?
OK, maybe I´m kind of naive, and I know that a good and polite debate is always welcome, but rating "0"???
 

 thais wrote:
I think more and more that "Hating Bob Dylan" is an undying sport...
I´ve given up trying understand why people have to express their hatred so vehemently about something that is just Art (not Science / Phylosophy / Politics).
Of course I know his songs have a little bit (sometimes quite a bit) of each of these things, but not so deep that they stop being Art.
If you don´t like it why can´t you just ignore it?
OK, maybe I´m kind of naive, and I know that a good and polite debate is always welcome, but rating "0"???
 
Great set of questions, and ultimately, I think that's what Bob's music/art is most important for is that it raises questions!  Maybe the '0'raters (i.e. the haters) just don't like having to think for themselves?  I dunno...I'll go +1 on this from 11 to 12...LLRP!!
I think more and more that "Hating Bob Dylan" is an undying sport...
I´ve given up trying understand why people have to express their hatred so vehemently about something that is just Art (not Science / Phylosophy / Politics).
Of course I know his songs have a little bit (sometimes quite a bit) of each of these things, but not so deep that they stop being Art.
If you don´t like it why can´t you just ignore it?
OK, maybe I´m kind of naive, and I know that a good and polite debate is always welcome, but rating "0"???
Uh oh. 

Some listeners  don't like this song, its sucks.

Better let Bob know, he's always wanting to please his critics.







An easy  10. 
Even the poetry sucks.
Mind numbingly horrible..
Stunned by some quite ignorant comments. What are those people doing here? Godalmighty!
Bass and guitar is pure art. Goes all the way in. Thanks, Bob. And Bill g!
Going to hit the next button bob SUCKS
I made the statement the other night to my daughter, "I like Paul Simon's writing and delivery and overall catalogue better than I do Bob's." She was shocked. I should have played her this and then just about anything of Simon's from the sixties. 
I know, I know, this is so 'deeeeeep'. Argh.
I can appreciate the man as a poet, but not a musician...
Is this someone imitating Bob?
The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face

Gotta love his Bobness.

I've heard that after he started to hit it big, Dylan would buy up records imitating his sound and style and laugh at their crappiness while listening at home. Unfortunately some of them must have rubbed off on Bob because this is a droning parody of his better stuff. 


so damn boring. Sorry guys.
Sing on brother Bob.  

Who cares what people think. 

Just remember to occasionally dust off the Nobel prize, where ever it is. 

Ha! 
 stalfnzo wrote:

That's the only way to understand what the hell he's saying. Too bad that makes it worse.
 
LOL, well said. I think I like Dylan for whatever reason but then again, I don't. His voice is horrid. Music and lyrics make up for it I suppose.
 RazzCat wrote:
First time I've been reading the lyrics while hearing Dylan sing them!

This is a 15, at minimum...

 
That's the only way to understand what the hell he's saying. Too bad that makes it worse.
 Wardleader wrote:
Out there today is another Ginsberg and Dylan, maybe Jason Isbell and some Black dude I don't listen to at all, but out there somewhere kids listen to music with the intensity of souls unchained by rock critics pronouncements anxiety filled waiting for that moment the past is erased by the promise of technology and start-ups building their world on their terms overturning all that came before that beats them down depressed undignified with hovering death drones watching their every thought and text.

 
Well we can all certainly hope that's true, Wardleader!  And I'm with you in 100% in sentiment, and hope that I will be able to recognize this new Ginsberg/Dylan pair when it comes.  Long Live RP!!
 
 Time for the Please Stop Dylan button. What an excellent feature that is.
 
 
 
Rapmaster Bob ! Love it ~
{#Crown} 
Gehenna (from Wikipedia)

 is a small valley in Jerusalem. In the Hebrew Bible, Gehenna was initially where some of the kings of Judah sacrificed their children by fire.[1] Thereafter it was deemed to be cursed (Jer. 7:3119:2-6).[2]

In Rabbinic literature and Christian and Islamic scripture, Gehenna is a destination of the wicked.[3] This is different from the more neutral Sheol/Hades, the abode of the dead, although the King James Versionof the Bible usually translates both with the Anglo-Saxon word Hell.

First time I've been reading the lyrics while hearing Dylan sing them!

This is a 15, at minimum...
When I hear the lyric "See the primitive Wallflower freeze" I wonder if Jakob was influenced by it in naming his band.  Maybe I'll have to do the Googling to figure that one out...unless someone else knows....
Out there today is another Ginsberg and Dylan, maybe Jason Isbell and some Black dude I don't listen to at all, but out there somewhere kids listen to music with the intensity of souls unchained by rock critics pronouncements anxiety filled waiting for that moment the past is erased by the promise of technology and start-ups building their world on their terms overturning all that came before that beats them down depressed undignified with hovering death drones watching their every thought and text.
 adib wrote:

Fourthed!

 

11th'ed!


 h8rhater wrote:

Thirded.  This track is well worth an 11.  10 will have to suffice.

 
Fourthed!


x
nobody knew what they were playing

because no one had played this sound before
live long heyjoe!!!  (and all you fab folks)  Outstanding poetry on this rainy afternoon  : )
thanks Bill

just thanks
  heyjoe3577 wrote:

Wow, I'm honestly surprised at the low avg rating of this track. Other than the harmonica, I would have thought this would have an average of at least 7.5. Oh well, I suppose different strokes for different folks.

This is one of my 11s, of which I have 11 (11 happens to be my number) 

When Bob dies, assuming I'm still kicking, his funeral will be the only celebrity funeral I'll want to attend.  Long live BobD, BillG and RebeccaG!



 

lizardking wrote:

exactly!  THIS is my favorite Bob song, in fact it just might be the song that when I truly heard it, my ears were opened forever to Bob's music.  His Nobel prize is well earned (even if he did sell his soul to the devil.) 

**EDIT** I'm rating this an 11 right now....and kinda wishing for a "repeat" button on RP...I LOVE this song!

 
Thirded.  This track is well worth an 11.  10 will have to suffice.
Geeez, RP does not play enough Dylan. Ha!

 heyjoe3577 wrote:

Wow, I'm honestly surprised at the low avg rating of this track. Other than the harmonica, I would have thought this would have an average of at least 7.5. Oh well, I suppose different strokes for different folks.

This is one of my 11s, of which I have 11 (11 happens to be my number) 

When Bob dies, assuming I'm still kicking, his funeral will be the only celebrity funeral I'll want to attend.  Long live BobD, BillG and RebeccaG!



 

exactly!  THIS is my favorite Bob song, in fact it just might be the song that when I truly heard it, my ears were opened forever to Bob's music.  His Nobel prize is well earned (even if he did sell his soul to the devil.) 

**EDIT** I'm rating this an 11 right now....and kinda wishing for a "repeat" button on RP...I LOVE this song!

Wow, given the number of ratings, the distribution is all over the map on this one.  Usually, there's a much more bell-shaped curve by 1000+ ratings.  Guess this is a 'love it or hate it' kind of song.


One of the reasons that I love Phish is that their songs go on forever. 
One of the reasons that I hate Dylan is that his songs go on forever. 
Gawd, can this guy sing or what!!!   No.   PSD>> for me......   And got "A New Day Yesterday"
Love, love, love. {#Yes} {#Sunny} {#Hearteyes}

Wow, I'm honestly surprised at the low avg rating of this track. Other than the harmonica, I would have thought this would have an average of at least 7.5. Oh well, I suppose different strokes for different folks.

This is one of my 11s, of which I have 11 (11 happens to be my number) 

When Bob dies, assuming I'm still kicking, his funeral will be the only celebrity funeral I'll want to attend.  Long live BobD, BillG and RebeccaG!


From time to time, I think Bobby does these kinds of songs just to piss people off. To wake them up.

Besides, his photos is pretty cool looking. And he's a Nobel prize winner.  
 Proclivities wrote:
I still like this song, especially the lyrics.  However, years ago I used to play a lot of open-mike and jam nights around NYC.  Since I was usually the only person who brought a bass with me, I would often play bass with several different guitarists (of whom there was no shortage) in succession.  There was one guy who wanted to do this song and have me accompany him on bass.  The first time was okay, the second week was irritating. Before the third time, I talked him into picking another (shorter) Dylan tune.
 
Understandable. No doubt this is one of the more "challenging" (read long) tunes in Bob's canon, especially for the uninitiated.
Still, good to hear once in a while.
A bit on the long side, don't you think?  For those of us who aren't fans of this particular iteration of Dylan,* is there any way we can rig the PSD button to play The Waterboys' "Long Strange Golden Road" in place of this?  It'll save a few dozen mouse clicks.

*Full disclosure: I like his shorter works like "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome" and "If You See Her" from Blood on the Tracks, but this and the other "Subterranean Homesick Rainy Day Women & the Jack of Hearts Who's Only Bleeding" long form word salads just do not appeal to me.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Bill, thanks for continuing to play great music like Dylan, despite the incessant whining of the haters.

 
I still like this song, especially the lyrics.  However, years ago I used to play a lot of open-mike and jam nights around NYC.  Since I was usually the only person who brought a bass with me, I would often play bass with several different guitarists (of whom there was no shortage) in succession.  There was one guy who wanted to do this song and have me accompany him on bass.  The first time was okay, the second week was irritating. Before the third time, I talked him into picking another (shorter) Dylan tune.
I dont' know. He's a genius no doubt, did more for contemporary music than 80% of all other musicians combined, will be forever remembered as one of the lighthouses of 20/21st century music and culture in general.

Yet I never got it. I mean "Blowing in the wind" was great with a joint in my hand, thinking how now I got it, really got it... but really there's nothing, no resonance here. Just saying, no judgement. Just wondering how sometimes even great things don't mean much to some and everything to others.
Been listening to this one since it came out. Still brilliant - never gets old. Didn't need a prize. "Jewels and binoculars hang form the head of the mule..."
 
agd3 wrote:
You know, people don't get mad at Eminem or Jay-Z or Kanye when they drop incredible lyrics over great music.  BD writes the music and the lyrics and sings (?) it too.  Let's pay tribute to the genius he was and is.  He changed the trajectory of modern music.  

 
Dude just got awarded a Nobel Prize. Being underrated isn't something Dylan needs to be worried about.
«Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial»
When I was a teenager and in my early twenties I always read that as related to ancient art, but...today for the first time I was thinking about contemporary art, and how it won't resist time. Not because of what I might think if it but because of its volatility, even if it lasts in its form for some of it. Infinity is dead, isn't it? 
You know, people don't get mad at Eminem or Jay-Z or Kanye when they drop incredible lyrics over great music.  BD writes the music and the lyrics and sings (?) it too.  Let's pay tribute to the genius he was and is.  He changed the trajectory of modern music.  
Chris Smither does a great version of this song, as a waltz!
Man, I try sitting through this every time it plays, and it never fails that I start wishing it were over.
Thank you, PSD, for turning this up for me today!
SOOOOOOOOOI GOOD on a sunning morning drinking coffee. SO loud. SO good

{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo}{#Boohoo} 
{#Clap}
+1.

kanga311 wrote:

May I join your "not-liking-Dylan" club? That singing voice… {#Headache}

 


 rluking wrote:
Am I allowed not to like Dylan?  Never could figure out what the fuss is all about with him.

 
of course you can like or not like anything and not need anyone anywhere, especially here, to give you permission for that. Cheers to ya.

That said, for the haters, with an artist like Dylan, if you're gonna critique like it should matter - you better come proper, and large. And I mean f'n large. Cz for what Dylan brings, In the battle between humanity and rampant corporate influence, those pissy little rants are like treason. And for good reason that's a hangable offense.
 Steely_D wrote:
The ghost of electricity howls from the bones of her face

is the second greatest line in rock, right behind "yeah yeah yeah"

 
I have marveled at that line since the album first came out. I bought new back then. NEVER tired of it.
 lol  right on

Steely_D wrote:
The ghost of electricity howls from the bones of her face

is the second greatest line in rock, right behind "yeah yeah yeah"

 


The ghost of electricity howls from the bones of her face

is the second greatest line in rock, right behind "yeah yeah yeah"
 enkay wrote:
It's rather brave of you to use that phrase "incessant whining" while Bob is playing in the background.
 
Well, yah, his voice in not for everyone.  ; )
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Bill, thanks for continuing to play great music like Dylan, despite the incessant whining of the haters.

 
It's rather brave of you to use that phrase "incessant whining" while Bob is playing in the background.
There's a lot I could say about this song, but I won't.   Only to say that it is about 8 minutes too long.
Oh contraire, mes freres! A true classic of its time and all time. A 10 sans doute!
Yeah for Bob! 

He really doesn't care what people think about his music.

So for all you who don't like it, it's OK, tune out for a few minutes.

You can probably tune in when Arcade Fire or Smashing Pumpkins or Foo Fighters are playing.

 
If you are ever lucky enough to catch this one live it is outstanding.

The Grateful Dead used to cover it: again, outstanding.

Great song.  Great performer.

Live music is better, bumper stickers should be issued.

 
Love Dylan but this simply ain't one of his better songs. To understate it.
Dylan continues to polarize listeners—most either hate him or worship the ground he walks upon.  I must admit that I was well into my 30s before I began to appreciate the depth and sheer volume of his genius.  Now in my 50s I have a newfound appreciation for his longer nostalgic pieces, especially this one.  10.  "Godlike"  Any problems with that?
 
Bill, thanks for continuing to play great music like Dylan, despite the incessant whining of the haters.
Stop! Stop! Please just SHUT UP!  ARRRRGH!  This is boring beyond belief!  Utopia Bold
As Bill said, this is one of those songs you don't hear very often. And I say, thank God. This is horrible.
Oh FFS Dylan SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Was finding, still find and will find this boring.
 rluking wrote:
Am I allowed not to like Dylan?  Never could figure out what the fuss is all about with him.

 
Yes! And I agree.
Great song to defend my dislike for Dylan. Wow. RP, I've been a listener and fan for a few years now. However I find myself listen less and less these days. It's songs like this that's attributing to that. Keep up the good work though, and I'm sure fans of Dylan are loving you right now. :^)
 kcar wrote:

Gosh, lemmoth, I must have clean misplaced my laminated gem-encrusted list of top 10 Bob songs. But's lessee...some I like: 

"Masters of War", "Don't Think Twice it's Alright", "The Times They Are A'Changin", "Ballad of Hollis Brown" "My Back Pages" (the Byrds' version is better, though), "Black Crow Blues" "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35", most of "Blonde on Blonde" except this currently playing song and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (...these tracks just drag on too long. Bob overtaxes his schtick. I can see why the album was such a big deal when it came out, though). 

The two 1965 albums. All the tracks. Especially "It's All Right Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "The Gates of Eden" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Outlaw Blues" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry" (did Mama Cass cover this? She would've killed it).  

"I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" but others' covers of this song are much better.  "Lay, Lady Lay" and "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You." "The Mighty Quinn" (Manfred Mann version only please). "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Tangled Up in Blue", "Shelter from the Storm", "Meet Me in the Morning"...

Ah hell. I'm tired of this shit. I'm a Big Bob fan. Sorry I don't have a top ten list for you to shine your ass with. The guy's a fuckin' genius who's had some dry spells and bouts of goofy obnoxiousness. But Dylan always strikes me as genuine, even when he's bored or boring. 

 
Thanks for sharing man


Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel


 rluking wrote:
Am I allowed not to like Dylan?  Never could figure out what the fuss is all about with him.

 
May I join your "not-liking-Dylan" club? That singing voice… {#Headache}
 hayduke2 wrote:
He writes this tale like a strung out William Burroughs walking the city (NY) streets, from Cedar Bar to Fanelli's in the 50's or 60's, with yacking trannies on the D train, rain glistened streets and cigarette smoke reaching you ear before the spoken word

 
....think you nailed it.

Am I allowed not to like Dylan?  Never could figure out what the fuss is all about with him.
i may have written this already: my best favourite song EVER. {#Clap}
 lemmoth wrote:

So kcar, not a big fan of this tune, but a big Bob fan.  Pray tell, which are your top 10 Bob songs.

PS - this isnt in my top 25 Bob songs either. 

 
Gosh, lemmoth, I must have clean misplaced my laminated gem-encrusted list of top 10 Bob songs. But's lessee...some I like: 

"Masters of War", "Don't Think Twice it's Alright", "The Times They Are A'Changin", "Ballad of Hollis Brown" "My Back Pages" (the Byrds' version is better, though), "Black Crow Blues" "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35", most of "Blonde on Blonde" except this currently playing song and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (...these tracks just drag on too long. Bob overtaxes his schtick. I can see why the album was such a big deal when it came out, though). 

The two 1965 albums. All the tracks. Especially "It's All Right Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "The Gates of Eden" and "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Outlaw Blues" and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry" (did Mama Cass cover this? She would've killed it).  

"I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" but others' covers of this song are much better.  "Lay, Lady Lay" and "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You." "The Mighty Quinn" (Manfred Mann version only please). "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", "Tangled Up in Blue", "Shelter from the Storm", "Meet Me in the Morning"...

Ah hell. I'm tired of this shit. I'm a Big Bob fan. Sorry I don't have a top ten list for you to shine your ass with. The guy's a fuckin' genius who's had some dry spells and bouts of goofy obnoxiousness. But Dylan always strikes me as genuine, even when he's bored or boring. 
 old_shep wrote:
Yes, yes, and once again, yes.

 
{#Wave} ..... Yes!
my initial impulse was "christ listen to this nonsense.." but thankfully the lyrics are available, so reading along while listening was transportive.  He writes this tale like a strung out William Burroughs walking the city (NY) streets, from Cedar Bar to Fanelli's in the 50's or 60's, with yacking trannies on the D train, rain glistened streets and cigarette smoke reaching your ear before the spoken word
my favouritest song in the world, ever!
Ah, a rare bimodal distribution...fascinating.
Thanks for playing "Visions of Johanna" Love.
I'll see your YES and double it  {#Yes}                                                        
 old_shep wrote:
Yes, yes, and once again, yes.

 
....... yes again
 lemmoth wrote:

So kcar, not a big fan of this tune, but a big Bob fan.  Pray tell, which are your top 10 Bob songs.

PS - this isnt in my top 25 Bob songs either. 

 
other than some of those really awful born again mumbles all bob's stuff is a 10.
 kcar wrote:

Lazarus, son: a fancy metrical line cannot paint over painfully bad rhyme schemes, listless music suffering a bad hangover, and Bob's largely successful attempt at parodying himself. This is 7.5 minutes of phoned-in nasal haranguing--and I'm a big Dylan fan. 

 
So kcar, not a big fan of this tune, but a big Bob fan.  Pray tell, which are your top 10 Bob songs.

PS - this isnt in my top 25 Bob songs either. 
how could it possably get any more real...... life is.....
 Helmholtz wrote:
PSD was disabled by superior power for songs that defined music trends for following decades. This is one of them...
 
{#Cheers}
One of the very first LP's I bought when I were a kid.  Great fan of Bob's early music. 
Yes, yes, and once again, yes.
I found out I can sing like Bob after finishing Belveder alone...
I'm glad I don't hang with the haters. I love this song. Was, is and will continue to be a 10 in my book. Fortunately, I don't have to comply with the hater exertions to change who I am or what I like. I say thank you, Bill,  for playing this. This is why I listen to RP and have donated too!

{#Devil_pimp} 
cue interpretive harmonica...
.. sob it's bob
If I was 3 years older I would *still* be unimpressed....  the man worked out a formula, then droned on and on...  But "All Along the Watchtower" is still amazing...
 
 Lazarus wrote:

The iambic pentameter style in Bob Dylan's voice here is not accidental—  it is a deliberate affectation Dylan uses to give the song a Shakespearean effect—  Willy the Shake used iambic pentameter in his plays...  that plus the poetic lyrical references to things like Mona Lisa (a portrait of a woman by Leonardo da Vinci) makes this song high art, as well as just a pleasant song to hear...  love it...
 

 
Lazarus, son: a fancy metrical line cannot paint over painfully bad rhyme schemes, listless music suffering a bad hangover, and Bob's largely successful attempt at parodying himself. This is 7.5 minutes of phoned-in nasal haranguing--and I'm a big Dylan fan. 
 mgtom wrote:
HELP !!!    PSD>> not working.  MUTE quickly.

 
PSD was disabled by superior power for songs that defined music trends for following decades. This is one of them...
 mgtom wrote:
HELP !!!    PSD>> not working.  MUTE quickly.

 
I'm glad someone else had that reaction and problem. I swear people like Dylan out of nostalgia.  I prefer my performers actually have the ability to sing. Not this nails-on-a-chalkboard know as Dylan's "singing."
hea, BILL, make 'em all crazy, play sad eyed lady fo 'em.....{#Good-vibes}
homework is useless to a closed mind
Visons of Dewey Cox in Walk Hard...