Robert Allen Zimmerman, famously known as Bob Dylan, was dubbed "the voice of a generation" in the 1960s. He won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2016 "for having created poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
"Blowing in the Wind" - 1963
"How many times can a man look up
Before he sees the sky?
How many ears must one person have
Before he can hear people cry?
And how many deaths will it take 'till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friends, is blowin' in the wind"
"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" - 1965
"A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit
To satisfy, insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not forget
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to."
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" - 1965
"Johnny's in the basement, mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement thinking bout the government
The man in the trench coat, badge out, laid off
Says "He's got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off"
"Gotta Serve Somebody" - 1979
"Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed.
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody."
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - 1963
"I ain't a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right."
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"Like a Rolling Stone" - 1965
"You say you never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say "Do you want to make a deal?"
"Mississippi" - 2001
"Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way."
"Masters of War" - 1963
"You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks."
"The Man in the Long Black Coat" - 1986
"Every man's conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide when it's you who must keep it satisfied."
"Visions of Johanna" - 1966
"Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa must've had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles."
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