Sometimes it feels like Bob Dylan says: "I practice a faith that's long been abandoned, ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road"

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Beste Kees,

Ja! Ook ik ben een liefhebber van Bob Dylan.
Ken jij literair tijdschrift LITER? Volgens mij wel iets voor jou...


Steven van der Gaauw11-10-2021 14:48

Hi Kees, appreciate your articles.

While listening to on July 18, the (re-)wording of 'To be alone with you' was remarkable, to say the least, just thought I'd share it:

To be alone with you, just you and I
Under the moon, 'neath the star-spangled sky
I know you're alive, and I am too
My one desire is to be alone with you

To be alone with you, even for just an hour
In a castle high, in an ivory tower
Some people don't get it, they just don't have a clue
They wouldn't know what it's like to be alone with you

They say the night time is the right time to hold each other tight
All our wordly cares will disappear, and everything will come out right

I wish the night was here, make me scream and shout
I'd fall into your arms, I'll let it all hang out
I'll hound you to death, that's just what I'll do
I won't sleep a wink 'till I'm alone with you

I'm collecting my thoughts in a pattern, move it from place to place
Stepping out in the dark night, stepping into space

Oh what happened to me darling, what was it you saw
Did I kill somebody, did I escape the law

Got my heart in my mouth, my eyes are still blue
My mortal bliss is to be alone with you
My mortal bliss is to be alone with you


Kees19-08-2021 19:44

“I haven’t been talking at all, if talking means speaking to others. I’ve been speaking only to
myself in my songs, my way of walking through this life”. A Dylan song is therefore best
understood as an artistic rendering of an extremely intimate self-conversation”. I liked your comments on the song AIN'T TALKING, and this last comment..I agree each song is an extremely intimate self-conversation, but as he said in STREET LEGAL, an unheralded beauty of prayers, JOURNEY THROUGH FALSE HEAT.."I fought with my twin, that enemy within, 'til both of us fell by the way...then I fought (a bit of self-pity here) with your Boss, who never knew about loss"

lani makholm11-05-2021 14:03

Wow!! Very insightful & very well written... Geweldig! God bless you xx

Chloe Vierin16-12-2020 01:45

dag Kees,

je site met daarin ondermeer Dylan exegese ervaar ik als inspirerend.
ben daarnaast ook luisteraar van de VPRO Bobcast, en eerlijk gezegd hoop ik je in toekomstige aflevering te kunnen beluisteren.

daarnaast valt er natuurlijk op songs van zijn laatstverschenen Rough and Rowdy Ways weer heel wat exegese los te laten, en zie die met belangstelling tegemoet.

vriendeijke groet

Henk Demper

Henk Demper30-11-2020 11:05


Greetings from Canada. I appreciate your detailed and insightful analysis of Dylan's songs. I'm wondering if you ever plan to write an analysis of Blowin' in the Wind. 8-)

David30-08-2020 00:53

dignity --word for word has always suggested to me
dylans thoughts on john lennons death. first, the
melody is beatles-like. The many references to
an englishman are obvious links to lennon.
Englishman looking at his last meal...chapman, the
assassin is a fat boy. lennon thin. you may not
realize but the ny post pictured lennon shot--the
hollow man. It was just a few weeks before New Year's.
I think you should look again, and perhaps you will agree.

dan schwartz08-05-2020 17:11

Hallo Kees,

Ik weet niet of je je mij nog kunt herinneren, maar lang geleden heb ik van jou via Joop van de Graaf een map gekregen over Under the new sky van Dylan, welke ik nog steeds heb, en die mij mijn liefde voor Dylan en zijn teksten weer heeft doen oppakken, en waar ik nu elke dag nog naar luister (heb hem nu ook opstaan ), hoe laat dan ook nogmaals mijn dank daarvoor.
Ik moest direct aan je denken bij het aankondigen van zijn nieuwe album, we hebben nooit zoveel contact gehad, maar jou kennis is mij altijd bijgebleven. Dat wilde ik je nog even laten weten, ik dicht en ben creatief actief bezig, maar inspiratiebronnen zijn welkom.

Dank je nogmaals vo o r de Dylan trial.

Gr. Gerard

Gerard vanHeugten08-05-2020 15:49

Thanks a lot for your wonderful interpretations of Dylan!
I would highly appreciate your comments on “Not dark yet” ; in my view one of his best.

Willem03-04-2020 21:52

I always appreciate your perspective on things. Every time I read something of yours I tell my self I need to return and read more. Just your commentary on Trouble No More and Greil Marcus. You are correct, Mr. Marcus is wrong.
Best to you in 2020.
"ennyman" of Ennyman's Territory

Ed Newman01-01-2020 20:37

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