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GUEST,Steve Latimer Daniel Lanois producer, your thoughts (54* d) Lyr Add: STANDING IN THE DOORWAY and NOT DARK YET 05 May 00


Margaret,

I think that it's important to remember that Bob had just gone through a break up of a long term relationship prior to this album. I feel that he just sat down and poured out his heart into song. I get a feeling (romantic perhaps) that he wrote the songs quickly, kind of thought 'that's captured it' and was too emotionally distraught to go back and tinker. It's a very somber album, but concise and conveys his emotions well. Having gone through the same kind of thing myself may give these songs special meaning to me. I find that with a lot of Dylan's stuff that it seems that I'm not just listening to a song, but that I'm observing the narrator from not far away. I get very clear mental images of the stories.

Interestingly enough my absolute favourite Dylan album 'Blood on the Tracks' was written in the wake of a divorce.

I like all of the songs on the album, although I'm not completely sold on Highlands. Examples of lyrics I like from Time Out of Mind.

STANDING IN THE DOORWAY
Bob Dylan

I'm walking through the summer nights
Jukebox playing low
Yesterday everything was going too fast
Today, it's moving too slow
I got no place left to turn
I got nothing left to burn
Don't know if I saw you, if I would kiss you or kill you
It probably wouldn't matter to you anyhow
You left me standing in the doorway, crying
I got nothing to go back to now

The light in this place is so bad
Making me sick in the head
All the laughter is just making me sad
The stars have turned cherry red
I'm strumming on my gay guitar
Smoking a cheap cigar
The ghost of our old love has not gone away
Don't look like it will anytime soon
You left me standing in the doorway crying
Under the midnight moon

Maybe they'll get me and maybe they won't
But not tonight and it won't be here
There are things I could say but I don't
I know the mercy of God must be near
I've been riding the midnight train
Got ice water in my veins
I would be crazy if I took you back
It would go up against every rule
You left me standing in the doorway, crying
Suffering like a fool

When the last rays of daylight go down
Buddy, you'll roll no more
I can hear the church bells ringing in the yard
I wonder who they're ringing for
I know I can't win
But my heart just won't give in
Last night I danced with a stranger
But she just reminded me you were the one
You left me standing in the doorway crying
In the dark land of the sun

I'll eat when I'm hungry, drink when I'm dry
And live my life on the square
And even if the flesh falls off of my face
I know someone will be there to care
It always means so much
Even the softest touch
I see nothing to be gained by any explanation
There are no words that need to be said
You left me standing in the doorway crying
Blues wrapped around my head

and

NOT DARK YET
Bob Dylan

Shadows are falling and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

Well, I've been to London and I've been to gay Paree
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain't looking for nothing in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm moving, but I'm standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear a murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet, but it's getting there.

Perhaps they're simple and go for the obvious rhyme, but I like them a lot. (Does that say something about me?)

Steve

HTML line breaks added --JoeClone, 29-Sep-01.


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