Skip to comments."Neighborhood Bully" - No one ever explained Israel better than Bob Dylan.
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Audio from the IDF soldiers who boarded the boat.
Neighborhood Bully by Bob Dylan
Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man, His enemies say he's on their land. They got him outnumbered about a million to one, He got no place to escape to, no place to run. He's the neighborhood bully.
The neighborhood bully just lives to survive, He's criticized and condemned for being alive. He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin, He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in. He's the neighborhood bully.
The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land, He's wandered the earth an exiled man. Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn, He's always on trial for just being born. He's the neighborhood bully.
Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized, Old women condemned him, said he should apologize. Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad. The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad. He's the neighborhood bully.
Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him, 'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac. He's the neighborhood bully.
He got no allies to really speak of. What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love. He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side. He's the neighborhood bully.
Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace, They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease. Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep. They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep. He's the neighborhood bully.
Every empire that's enslaved him is gone, Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon. He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand, In bed with nobody, under no one's command. He's the neighborhood bully.
Now his holiest books have been trampled upon, No contract he signed was worth what it was written on. He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth, Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health. He's the neighborhood bully.
What's anybody indebted to him for? Nothin', they say. He just likes to cause war. Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed, They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed. He's the neighborhood bully.
What has he done to wear so many scars? Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars? Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill, Running out the clock, time standing still, Neighborhood bully.
May God Bless Israel ... and of course America too.
Dylan’s Neighborhood Bully @
Should I look for some of the old bully threads?
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Previously posted as Amazing Dylan lyrics on Israel, Wednesday, June 19, 2002 1:45:18 PM by dennisw
I have been posting Neighborhood Bully on FR for years—almost every Dylan thread I participate in.
One of Bob’s best. A driving, relentless, song—not so much angry as it is mocking and basically saying “screw you, we’re gonna do what we have to do to survive.”
Dylan, though he imbibed a bit in the Hussein Kool-Aid, is at heart a man who is not the hippie some of his contemporaries hoped. He is in many ways a man of solid values.
Aw ... I know that Dylan can’t sing, but it’s because he can’t sing is why his songs are so great.
Dylan sounds like ME, singing in the shower. That’s why he is so great.
Not the first folksinger without a lovely voice (I like Dick Gaughan though he is completely WRONG on so many issues!), but... some music just needs a "natural" voice. Nice to see one on our side for once.
LoM, can we get a CD or track?
Trying to look for the video version of this song has not be easy. Copyright issues. But it is worth it.
“In before the Dylan Can’t sing crowd steps in with information that is already known and simultaneously irrelevant to the topic.”
He’s done okay for over 50 years, without being able to sing./
Think lyrics, melody, composing, originality, image, creative.
Others have recorded his songs, like Hendrix, Byrds, etc.
Quoted directly form FNC Hannity’s show (the DVR is on freeze frame):
PASSNGERS PREPARED TO DIE
For Sake Of Jihad
“If I am martyred during my voyage, do not be sad. I will be in paradise, because I am going to wage jihad for the sake of Allah.”
(As quoted from a rat bastard scum sucking hellbound islamofascist kool aid drinking pos)
Went to iTunes and it looks like there has been a LOT of purcheases, I would say since Monday. :)
Plus, I would safely assume, Dylan has won a Grammy or two alone the way. Plus this song has gotten very popular the last few days.
Using lyrics by him to make your point is akin to quoting Jane Fonda concerning patriotism.
Are you serious? You obviously don’t know much about him.
By the way, he lives in the conservative enclave of Malibu, CA.
Dylan a “hippy”??? You know not of what you speak!
No, of course you are correct. He didn’t spawn the 60s counter culture. It was just my imagination. His music will be remembered for how traditional it was.
You might not like him, but he’s a genius.
You are preaching to the choir. I am a big Dylan fan and find Dylan threads to be a source of interest and amusement.
It is amazing to me how some people know so little about the man, yet have such strong opinions regarding him, That has become evident on this thread once again.
“He didnt spawn the 60s counter culture.”
No musician “spawned” the 60s counter culture.
Many musicians reflected it, however.
I’ve been locked out of this thread.
And you're a knee-jerk ignoramus.
Don’t EVER forget WHERE that flotilla came from.
Don’t EVER forget tht Turkey ONCE AGAIN demonstrated it is just another Nomad Desert Sheikdom of Muslims who have seized a piece of territory and are part of the Umma.
If you are alright with just the audio, you can hear it at:
Along with most of his other songs. I recommend Forever Young and Forever Young (Continued).
Found offical site for Bob Dylan.
Somewhat widely believed, but cannot be proved. Dylan made some typically vague, cryptic, perhaps even sarcastic comments about The One.
Bob don't drink Kool Aid. He drinks railroad gin.
There are many more websites than his “official” one. The best is
and then there’s
True, there are other websites on Bob Dylan. I was just presenting the one that is the offical website. The rest are fan created.
Thanks so much for posting this. I really haven’t kept up with Dylan since the late 60’s. I just never cared for his more “mellow” sounding stuff. But this song is as biting and brilliant as anything he ever wrote—and I do believe he is one of our greatest poets.
You might want to check out the dylan radio site that I linked for a taste. They play a wide variety of Dylan. One can also request a song be played.
I'd recommend listening to some songs from two albums for a Dylan reintroduction
. Infidels (whence Neighborhood Bully - also has Union Sundown)
2. Oh Mercy - Political World, Trouble, Everything Is Broken
At best Dylan is pretty conservative, after all not a lot of “filthy hippy leftists” go around saying Barry Goldwater was their favorite politician. At worst (or maybe still best) he is apolitical. He never attended any marches or protests. He was never outspoken about things except for primarily one album and then a few songs on the next one.
Sometimes I think people are only aware that he ever recored The Times They Are A-Changin’ and manage to overlook the other 33 studio albums he has released. His “finger pointing” songs are such a small part of his catalog that it is hardly an accurate judge of him as a person. Especially not when we are closing in on 50 years later.
"It's Unbelievable" (Under the Red Sky)
What Good Am I?
What good am I if Im like all the rest
If I just turn away, when I see how youre dressed
If I shut myself off so I cant hear you cry
What good am I? What good am I if I know and dont do
If I see and dont say, if I look right through you
If I turn a deaf ear to the thunderin sky
What good am I?
What good am I while you softly weep
And I hear in my head what you say in your sleep
And I freeze in the moment like the rest who dont try
What good am I?
What good am I then to others and me
If Ive had every chance and yet still fail to see
If my hands are tied must I not wonder within
Who tied them and why and where must I have been?
What good am I if I say foolish things
And I laugh in the face of what sorrow brings
And I just turn my back while you silently die
What good am I?
Copyright © 1989 by Special Rider Music
He's not really famous for anything he did past 1965. His early involvement in the "civil rights" movement is a huge part of his image.
I realize that fans of his music enjoy many of his later albums (Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline, Blood on the Tracks, etc.), however Dylan the myth is greater than Dylan the singer/songwriter. Just ask Joni Mitchell.
“Dylan is a filthy hippy leftist.”
And you took a name from Frank Zappa’s music?
To each his own.
His existence in the civil rights movement consists of one and one half albums. There is nothing else. His best regarded albums aren’t among those, his most famous song isn’t on one of those albums.
And to say he is some leftist hippie ignores the truth for a myth created by others not even by him. And Positively 4th Street is how he felt about those who created that myth.
You may be a fan of his music, but his politics leave a lot to be desired. Let's not rewrite history.