MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016
What Bob Dylan said: Charlie Pierce gets it right in this brand new post. Included is Patti Smith's beautiful rendition of A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, live and direct and on videotape from the Nobel ceremonies.
Assuming Dylan was involved in this presentation, we'd say he's given his requisite lecture. It turns out to have been a spectacular, moving address.
For a slightly fuller tape of Smith's performance, you can just click here.
Did Dylan write that 1962 song in some sort of time warp? Pierce notes that the song is "suddenly relevant;" he selects a representative line.
Listening to Smith, we were struck by the sheer volume of lines ripped from today's headlines. This one jumped at us:
"I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken."
We'll also recommend these lyrics, as sung by Smith:
"I met a young man, he was wounded in love.
"I met another man, he was wounded with hatred."
We'll recommend that you avoid becoming that second young person.
("I met a young woman whose body was burning?" Everyone of appropriate age will remember the photo of the 9-year-old girl in Vietnam running down that road in so much pain. Today, we sometimes marvel at the brilliant young talkers who scold the young men of the time for having avoided that theater. That was then, but so many lines from that early song are torn directly from today's pages. For the record, that particular example of undeserved suffering occurred in 1972.)
A fantastic performance by all involved. We'll quit on it for the day.
For full lyrics: For full lyrics, click here.
"And I'll know my soul well before I start singin'?" Is that what Patti Smith said?