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« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2006, 10:32:06 AM »


I can't explain my favorite line--no idea why it does it to me--but "he said, you can't repeat the past? Whaddaya mean you can't? Of course you can..." immediately struck me as just great. One of many greats on that disc.

That's what Gatsby said to Nick in one of the pivotal scenes in the Great Gatsby.

"You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books . . ."

Seriously though, on both Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft, there are a lot of borrowed lines, put together in a way that makes them completely new.  I know I'm not even coming close to catching all of the allusions.
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« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2006, 11:32:33 AM »

Check this out: http://www.republika.pl/bobdylan/lat/

Summer Days
(words and music by Bob Dylan. Copyright (c)2001 Special Rider Music)

        Summer days, summer nights are gone,
        Summer days and summer nights are gone,
        I know a place where thereís still something going on.

        I got a house on a hill, I got hogs out in the mud,
5      I got a house on a hill, I got hogs all out in the mud,
        I got a long-haired woman, she got Royal Indian blood.

        Everybody get ready, lift up your glasses and sing,
        Everybody get ready, lift up your glasses and sing,
        Well, Iím standing on the table, Iím proposing a toast to the King.

10    Well, Iím driving in the flats in a Cadillac car;
        The girls all say, ďYouíre a worn out star!Ē
        My pockets are loaded and Iím spending every dime.
        How can you say you love someone else, you know itís me all the time.

        Well, the fogís so thick you canít spy the land,
15    The fogís so thick that you canít even spy the land,
        What good are you anyway if you canít stand up to some old businessman.

        Wedding bells are ringing and the choir is beginning to sing,
        Yes, the wedding bells are ringing and the choirís beginning to sing,
        What looks good in the day, at night is another thing.

20    Sheís looking into my eyes, and sheís a-holding my hand,
        She looking into my eyes, sheís holding my hand,
        She says, "You canít repeat the past," I say "You canít? What do you mean you canít? Of course, you can.Ē

        ďWhere do you come from? Where do you go?Ē
        Sorry, that is nothing you would need to know.
25    Well, my backís been to the wall so long, it seems like it's stuck.
        Why donít you break my heart one more time just for good luck?

        I got eight carburettors and, boys, Iím using Ďem all,
        Well, I got eight carburettors and, boys, Iím using Ďem all,
        Iím short on gas, my motorís starting to stall.

30    My dogs are barking, there must be someone around,
        My dogs are barking, there must be someone around,
        I got my hammer ringing, pretty baby, but the nails ainít going down.

        If you got something to say, speak or hold your peace,
        Well, you got something to say, speak now or hold your peace,
35    If itís information you want, you can get it from the police.

        Politicianís got on his jogging shoes,
        He must be running for office, got no time to lose,
        Sucking the blood out of the genius of generosity.
        You been a-rolliní your eyes, you been teasing me.

40    Standing by God's river, my soulís beginning to shake,
        Standing by God's river, my soulís beginning to shake,
        Iím counting on you, love, to give me a break.

        Well, Iím leaving in the morning as soon as the dark clouds lift,
        Yes! Iím leaving in the morning just as soon as the dark clouds lift,
45    Gonna break in the roof, set fire to the place as a parting gift.

        Summer days, summer nights are gone,
        Summer days, summer nights are gone,
        I know a place where thereís still something goiní on.

"Summer Days (And Summer Night)" is a 1965 Beach Boys studio album.

"Summer Days" is a Charlie (aka Charley) Patton song. (thanks to DFurrym11)

line 16: Junichi Saga's Confessions of a Yakuza: "D'you think I could call myself a yakuza if I couldn't stand up to some old businessman?".

line 23 is borrowed from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Chapter 6.

line 24 comes from an old folk song, "Cotton-Eye Joe." Incidentally, the song is played during the seventh-inning stretch at regular-season New York Yankees games in Yankee Stadium:

"Where did you come from? Where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?"

lines 28-29 are a refernece to the song mentioned by title in High Water, Hopped Up Mustang by Bill Romberger & Arlen Sanders.

line 42: "I'm Counting On You" is an Elvis song from his first LP (1956)

line 42: "I counted on you, babe, to give me a break" in Woody Guthrie's "21 Years".

line 45: Junichi Saga's Confessions of a Yakuza: ""Break the roof in!" ...splashed kerosene over the floor and led a fuse from it outside".
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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2006, 01:24:28 PM »


I can't explain my favorite line--no idea why it does it to me--but "he said, you can't repeat the past? Whaddaya mean you can't? Of course you can..." immediately struck me as just great. One of many greats on that disc.

That's what Gatsby said to Nick in one of the pivotal scenes in the Great Gatsby.

"You've been through all of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books . . ."

Seriously though, on both Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft, there are a lot of borrowed lines, put together in a way that makes them completely new.  I know I'm not even coming close to catching all of the allusions.

I didn't say I memorized them.
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« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2006, 02:04:27 PM »

Ian, have you read Levon Helm's book on The Band? If so, how is it? As anti-Robbie as they say?
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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2006, 02:56:15 PM »

Interesting, worth reading. But Levon has admitted that he was goaded into making the Robbie sections a lot harsher than they originally were.
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