There's a reason he won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Over the course of six decades, Bob Dylan reinvented first folk music and then rock and roll with some of the most brilliant, surprising and influential lyrics of a changing time. Let's celebrate the Bard's 76th birthday by revisiting great lines from 20 of his best songs.
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
"The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense / Take what you have gathered from coincidence"
The Times They Are A-Changin'
"Don't criticize what you can't understand"
Love Minus Zero / No Limit
"My love, she speaks like silence / Without ideals or violence / She doesn't have to say she's faithful / Yet she's true like ice, like fire"
My Back Pages
"My existence led by confusion boats / Mutiny from stern to bow / Ah, but I was so much older then / I'm younger than that now."
Mr. Tambourine Man
"Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free / Silhouetted by the sea / Circled by the circus sands / With all memory and fate / Driven deep beneath the waves / Let me forget about today until tomorrow."
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
"He not busy being born is busy dying."
Like a Rolling Stone
"You used to be so amused / At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used / Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse / When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose"
"Well, I try my best / To be just like I am / But everybody wants you / To be just like them"
Visions of Johanna
"The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face"
Absolutely Sweet Marie
"To live outside the law you must be honest"
The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
"So when you see your neighbor carryin' somethin' / Help him with his load / And don't go mistaking paradise / For that home across the road"
Lay, Lady, Lay
"Why wait any longer for the one you love / When he's standing in front of you"
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
"Purple clover, Queen Anne's Lace / Crimson hair across your face / You could make me cry if you don't know / Can't remember what I was thinkin' of / You might be spoilin' me too much, love / You're gonna make me lonesome when you go"
Simple Twist of Fate
"People tell me it's a sin / To know and feel too much within / I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring / She was born in spring, but I was born too late / Blame it on a simple twist of fate"
If You See Her, Say Hello
"We had a falling out, like lovers often will / And to think of how she left that night, it still brings me a chill / And though our separation, it pierced me to the heart / She still lives inside of me, we've never been apart."
"May you build a ladder to the stars / And climb on every rung / May you stay forever young"
I Shall Be Released
"I see my light come shining / From the west unto the east / Any day now, any day now /
I shall be released"
Not Yet Dark
"Behind every beautiful thing, there's been some kind of pain."
All Along the Watchtower
"Let us not talk falsely now / The hour is getting late"
Blowin' in the Wind
"Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head / And pretend that he just doesn't see? / The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind / The answer is blowin' in the wind"
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