Saturday, July 25, 2009

Music Amongst Friends

At her home in Carmel some decades back, Joan Baez is joined by Earl Scruggs and his son Randy. They're playing a song written by Bob Dylan in 1964, one he never recorded himself. To my mind, Bob Dylan is one of our greatest poets, living or otherwise.

Seems like only yesterday
I left my mind behind
Down in the Gypsy Cafe
With a friend of a friend of mine
She sat with a baby heavy on her knee
Yet spoke of life most free from slavery
With eyes that showed no trace of misery
A phrase in connection first with she I heard
That love is just a four-letter word

Outside a rambling store-front window
Cats meowed to the break of day
Me, I kept my mouth shut, too
To you I had no words to say
My experience was limited and underfed
You were talking while I hid
To the one who was the father of your kid
You probably didn't think I did, but I heard
You say that love is just a four-letter word

I said goodbye unnoticed
Pushed towards things in my own games
Drifting in and out of lifetimes
Unmentionable by name
Searching for my double, looking for
Complete evaporation to the core
Though I tried and failed at finding any door
I must have thought that there was nothing more
Absurd than that love is just a four-letter word

Though I never knew just what you meant
When you were speaking to your man
I can only think in terms of me
And now I understand
After waking enough times to think I see
The Holy Kiss that's supposed to last eternity
Blow up in smoke, its destiny
Falls on strangers, travels free
Yes, I know now, traps are only set by me
And I do not really need to be
Assured that love is just a four-letter word


Sweet Repose said...

Back in the day...I'm sure my parents were so sick of Joan, my FAVE all time folk singer!!! Her music was always in my ear, from the moment I walked in the door after school and still today she's one of my faves, so romantic her songs of old, just take me away to another time.

Country Girl said...

Loved Joan. And I agree with you about Bob Dylan.

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog this morning. Have an excellent weekend!

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