“Stopping in for donuts and pinching the waitress” – Bob Dylan
The above line is taken from page 1 of the book “Tarantula” by Bob Dylan.
This world renowned folk poet laureate wrote this collection of poems, lyrics and prose back in 1965 and 1966.
It is what they call his stream of consciousness (aka interior monologue). The profusion of his random thoughts and feelings which pass through the mind.
Bob Dylan’s angry, funny, and strange written works in this book reflects his sense of protest, a verbal playfulness and spontaneity and chronicling everyday life and eccentricity on the street during the turbulent Sixties.
Most noteworthy is, this experimental prose poetry book was among the “Top Five Unintelligible Sentences from Books Written by Rock Stars“; an article featured in the April issue of Spin magazine in 2003.
You can read the free e- book “Tarantula” over here.
Before we read my selected quotations by this American singer-songwriter, author, poet and painter, let’s find out some info about Bob Dylan.
He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941.
His classic songs “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’“, became anthems of both the civil rights movements and of those anti-Vietnam War.
Dylan’s early lyrics defied conventional pop music. He incorporated political, social, philosophical, and literary influences in his lyrics.
Stopping In For Donuts And Pinching The Waitress
According to a write-up in Observer-Reporter in 1986, before Dylan’s protest songs became the sound-track of the 60s, he was a shy, small-town Minnesota boy who wrote poetry and pounded rock-and-roll on the piano.
His godfather, George Berman, Dylan was writing poetry when he was 10 or 12 years old.
His first album “Bob Dylan” featured folk songs done in the style a la of his idol, Woody Guthrie. Because of his obsession with Guthrie, he even wrote a tune called “Song to Woody”.
Legendary Bob Dylan has been hailed as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, musically and culturally.
In addition, Dylan or is also known as the master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation, was included in the “Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century”. [wikipedia]
Most of all, I am sure Bob Dylan’s songs and lyrics have touched and inspired our life in some way. And so are his many quotations.
Authentic Bob Dylan Quotations
Take your time to go through these verified authentic quotes by Bob Dylan below:
“Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1964 song: Ballad In Plain D)
“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1963 song: Talkin’ World War III Blues)
“All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.” – Bob Dylan
“While money doesn’t talk, it swears.” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1965 song: It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding))
“He likes his women raw & with syrup.” – Bob Dylan
“I am against nature. I don’t dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.” – Bob Dylan
“You always said people don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent.” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1986 song: Brownsville Girl)
“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1968 song: Open the Door, Homer)
“Yesterday’s just a memory, tomorrow is never what it’s supposed to be.” – Bob Dylan
(From Bob Dylan’s 1983 song: Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight)
“People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around — the music and the ideas.” – Bob Dylan
(The Guardian; 13 February 1992)
“It’s nice to be able to put yourself in an environment where you can completely accept all the unconscious stuff that comes to you from your inner workings of your mind. And block yourself off to where you can control it all, take it down…” – Bob Dylan
“The best songs to me — my best songs — are songs which were written very quickly. Yeah, very, very quickly. Just about as much time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to write it.” – Bob Dylan
“For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to bring something out in me that wants to be brought out. It’s a contemplative, reflective thing.” – Bob Dylan
“The world don’t need any more songs… They’ve got too many. As a matter of fact, if nobody wrote any songs from this day on, the world ain’t gonna suffer for it. Nobody cares. There’s enough songs for people to listen to, if they want to listen to songs.” – Bob Dylan
“It’s not a good idea and it’s bad luck to look for life’s guidance to popular entertainers.” – Bob Dylan
“It’s not to anybody’s best interest to think about how they will be perceived tomorrow. It hurts you in the long run.” – Bob Dylan
“Your life doesn’t have to be in turmoil to write a song like that but you need to be outside of it.” – Bob Dylan
“The best songs are the songs you write that you don’t know anything about.” – Bob Dylan
“Young people can be passionate. Older people gotta be more wise.” – Bob Dylan
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