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May 24, 2006

Bob Dylan's Birthday

Bob Dylan is 65.

I remember the first Bob Dylan song I ever heard was when I was in 4th grade. My teacher, Mr. Earley, brought in his vinyl and played it for the class.

Well, the whole thing started at 3 o'clock fast,
It was all over by quarter past.
I was down in the sewer with some little lover
When I peeked out from a manhole cover
Wondering who turned the lights on.

Well, I got up and walked around
And up and down the lonesome town.
I stood a-wondering which way to go,
I lit a cigarette on a parking meter
And walked on down the road.
It was a normal day.

. . .

Down at the corner by a hot-dog stand
I seen a man, I said, "Howdy friend,
I guess there's just us two."
He screamed a bit and away he flew.
Thought I was a Communist.

Well, I spied a girl and before she could leave,
"Let's go and play Adam and Eve."
I took her by the hand and my heart it was thumpin'
When she said, "Hey man, you crazy or sumpin',
You see what happened last time they started."

This was during the early 80s. Height of the Cold War. We lived in Arizona, near the Mexico border. I don't remember anyone ever telling me about a Red Dawn scenario, but I did figure that if Commies ever did invade the US, they'd come up from Mexico.

Mr. Earley used to play guitar with Bob Dylan in California.


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oh my gosh
hubby and i were listening to third day's rendition of SIR BOB's "saved" just as i linked to your site ;o)
very cool
happy birthday bob xx

Posted by: kate5kiwis at May 25, 2006 05:30 AM

4th grade in the early 80's?
You're young!

Posted by: Baus at May 27, 2006 03:04 AM

And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burning coal
Pouring off of every page
Like it was written in my soul

Posted by: The Liberal Media at May 27, 2006 01:52 PM

Or even:

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

(Though to be honest, I can't remember the first Dylan song I heard...)

Posted by: The Liberal Media at May 27, 2006 01:59 PM

you have been like a rolling stone since dylan in waveland when you were just 3.....blessings and love from theone who first who rolled ya....mk with hugs.

Posted by: maureen kuehne at May 27, 2006 02:52 PM

I just bought Bob Dylans Greatest Hits Vol 3 for my daughter's birthday - she's 23. Dylan is her fave musician.

Posted by: Marion at May 30, 2006 02:23 AM

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