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10 Times Bob Dylan Made Us Think With His Song Lyrics

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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"

Cover for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The WindHitparade

"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."

You don't want to miss these next ones!

"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."

"Mississippi. 1963. Bob Dylan plays on the back porch of the SNCC"Pinterest

"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."

Tell us which lyric is your favorite!

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