Keith, I should add, was a major influence on my work in this field, and my tutor for my research degree at the Institute. But he can be vicious. You can go back to him any time you want to. I could go on, but the point is clear. Just look at the dates of the Olav WernerSang M/ Hjalmar Lindberghs Ork.* - Herre Krist / Stjernesangen (Shellac) of these songs they are of course approximate.
There are yet again stories that the song is about Edie Sedgwick see Please crawl out for more on this. Other says it was Country Express - Show #46-72 - Various - Country Express Baez, but such commentaries are generally little more than assertions.
True the line about amphetamines could be about Sedgwick, who died of drug abuse, but Vida - José Augusto - José Augusto (Vinyl, Album, LP) a line has nothing to do with Baez.
I would also reject the notion that it is an attack on women in general. It is just a view of how some teenage girls try to grow up Everything Or Nothing (Instrumental) - Mya - 007: Todo O Nada (Banda Sonora Original) quickly.
Dylan is talking not perhaps so much lost love but lost friendship. The music is much more gentle than Rolling Stone and so are the lyrics. To me, the young woman being sung about has tried to make herself into the vision of older women of the type that she sees on TV and in the movies. Dylan is saying that he is in pain, but because of what? A relationship? Maybe she wanted to go out with Dylan, but Dylan said no, so she got angry and upset — and in reality that was the last thing he wanted to happen.
All in all, I hear it as a song about an imagined young Just When I Needed You Most - Bob Dylan - A Man With No Alibi growing up too fast, a woman who knew Dylan and his music, as so many of us did when we were teenagers, wanted to be older, have freedom, get on the move, get out there are do things, and indeed wanted to know Dylan.
If you consider the imaginary woman to be a little older than Dylan, then it all makes sense. She grew up before him, but never quite lost the little girl worries, concerns, emotions. Not everyone has that experience, but many do. Dylan has overtaken them all — through his writing as much as his experiences, he has gone further, faster, and he feels he is more mature than those who grew up around him.
Dylan has matured a little faster than the woman, and has matured enough to recognise that he was there with the woman at one time, but has moved on. Pull all this together and you have an attack on the pretentiousness of youth. This is not a hatred of women, it is a hatred of pretentiousness. Untold Dylan contains a review of every Dylan musical composition of which we can find a copy around and over other articles on Dylan, his work and the impact of his work.
You can also see details of our main sections on this site at the top of this page under the picture. If you know of anything we have missed please do write in. For some reason I have always thought this song was at heart, about a relationship you dont want anyone else to know about. Maybe a younger woman who others might see as taboo to date, as she has only just come out of girlhood. Probably because he wasnt greatly interested in the woman in the first instance.
I agree that it has quite a different quality to the other songs mentioned in you post. Where the other, possibly, he was the one who was more invested, there seems a bitterness and an anger in relation to the demise of the relationship.
Whereas this song seems to be gentler, as if he is now the party trying to break up the tryst, gently. She was also prone to turn on the tears to get what she wanted Just When I Needed You Most - Bob Dylan - A Man With No Alibi. I could go on but you get the idea. If you could afford it, you had a London Fog, but I think Edie Sedgewick wore a see through raincoat. Your email address will not be published. Untold Dylan. Skip to content. Just like a woman.
By Tony Attwood Three new videos added July What else is on the site? This entry was posted in Essential Bob DylanUncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. July 3, at am. Great post, very interesting ideas. Chris says:. March 29, at am. Robert Anthony Grimes says:. June 15, at pm. Santiago says:. February 26, at pm. Mike says:. May 26, at pm. TonyAttwood says:. May 27, at am.
Kevin says:. June 20, at pm. Am I the only one that hear or read a lot of vague sexual references among these lyrics? Maybe I am way off the mark here. July 7, at pm. Music of Bob Dylan says:. November 18, at am. Theau Tobio says:. February 1, at am. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Proudly powered by WordPress.
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