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Amazing Dylan lyrics on Israel
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Posted on 06/19/2002 11:45:18 AM PDT by dennisw

 

 

Amazing Dylan lyrics on Israel. Must read the entire lyrics.
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The Neighborhood Bully
by Bob Dylan - 1983

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.



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1 posted on 06/19/2002 11:45:18 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: monkeyshine; ipaq2000; Lent; veronica; Sabramerican; beowolf; Nachum; BenF; angelo; ...
The Neighborhood Bully
by Bob Dylan - 1983
2 posted on 06/19/2002 11:46:29 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw
This certainly deserves a bump.
3 posted on 06/19/2002 11:48:09 AM PDT by agrace
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To: dennisw
This is going to lose a lot of his Hollywood friends for him.
4 posted on 06/19/2002 11:49:20 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: dennisw
I didn't realize it was written in 1983. I bet he disavows it if it suddenly becomes popular.
5 posted on 06/19/2002 11:50:13 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: dennisw
Bump
6 posted on 06/19/2002 11:51:37 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I bet he doesn't disavow it. He's never been to concerned about what people thought about him.... or his music.
7 posted on 06/19/2002 11:52:06 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: dennisw
BOOKMARK BUMP
8 posted on 06/19/2002 11:54:14 AM PDT by RobRoy
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I think 1983 may have been during Dylans "Christian conversion" period.

Also, I don't think he has really ever been in with the "Hollywood" crowd. He has always been somewhat reclusive. And, he is Jewish.

9 posted on 06/19/2002 11:54:23 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: kjam22
Isn't Dylan like a born-again Christian or something? Maybe he isn't (technically), but I seem to recall that he went through some kind of "religious" period not too long ago.
10 posted on 06/19/2002 11:54:35 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: dennisw
Bob Dylan is Jewish (his given name was something like Robert Zimmerman). And, apparently, he is not a self-hating Jew. That may help to explain this interesting piece of music.
11 posted on 06/19/2002 11:55:18 AM PDT by nd76
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To: FreeTally
Yep. The song came out on "Infidels". Same album that has Jokerman.

A person not familiar with it can go to cdnow, or cdconnection and probably hear 30 seconds of it. It's a rocker.

12 posted on 06/19/2002 11:56:13 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: agrace
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.
13 posted on 06/19/2002 11:56:13 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
He did write several faith based albums. Like gospel with a Dylan edge.
14 posted on 06/19/2002 11:57:12 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: dennisw
Excellent, thanks! The beginning can be heard on Real Audio or Windows media player here:

http://www.bobdylan.com/songs/ bully.html
15 posted on 06/19/2002 11:58:21 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: dennisw
Tanks Dennis. It's kind of a tough read, but the sentiment is in there, and it's dead on.
16 posted on 06/19/2002 11:59:54 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Nice link. Dylan is my alltime favorite artist. :)
17 posted on 06/19/2002 11:59:56 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: dennisw; Abundy; Alouette; aomagrat; AppyPappy; Atsilvquodi; babygene; backhoe; Bagehot; ...

Arabic Mein Kampf sells in PA areas, London

http://www.jpost.com/Editions/2002/03/19/LatestNews/LatestNews.45493.html 

Arabic-language copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf are on sale at newsstands on London's Edgware Road, which has a large Arab population, and has become a bestseller in Palestinian Authority-controlled territory, the British Daily Telegraph reported. 

Bavaria's state government claims the copyright to the book, and has tried to stop its publication.  The Arab edition, published by a Lebanon-based company, has a picture of Hitler and a swastika on the cover. Translator Luis al-Haj writes in his foreword that "National Socialism did not die with the death of its herald, rather, its seeds multiply under each star."

18 posted on 06/19/2002 12:01:11 PM PDT by Beau Schott
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To: nd76
Dylan is a child of Emma Goldman and Abraham Maslow, the godparents of the 60s radicals. Maybe he's changed but few of them ever did.
19 posted on 06/19/2002 12:03:23 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: nd76
Bob Dylan Bump!

It amazes me how the song is almost 20 years old and the lyrics still apply to today. He caught some flack when he came out with the song, not a popular sentiment at the time, but he has only disowned one song in his career. ("Ballad in plain D") Bully is a great song no matter what religion the songwriter is.

Proust

20 posted on 06/19/2002 12:03:32 PM PDT by proust
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To: dennisw
This song has been going through my mind since this latest round of suicide bombings (just after 9/11) began. It's from the "Infidels" album. A great song and timeless, as is most of Bob's music.
21 posted on 06/19/2002 12:05:31 PM PDT by Skooz
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee; FreeTally; kjam22
Dylan was Jewish by birth, but, in the 60s, acted like a typical leftist and tried to hide that fact (although there were often some biblical themes or images in his songs, as in Highway 61 ). Later (late 70s), he went through a "Jewish" period, and was photographed praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem wearing a skullcap. Still later (early 80s), he became a born-again Christian, and did a few explicitly Christian albums. I don't know if he ever explicitly disavowed Christianity, but he doesn't do those songs anymore and, if he's still a Christian, he doesn't talk about it as far as I've seen.
24 posted on 06/19/2002 12:11:46 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian
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To: dennisw

Infidels, 1983.


Desire, 1976 (my favorite Dylan album).

25 posted on 06/19/2002 12:13:00 PM PDT by Skooz
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To: LarryLied
Dylan is a child of Emma Goldman and Abraham Maslow, the godparents of the 60s radicals. Maybe he's changed but few of them ever did.

Bob Dylan has done some positive in his life unlike you. He has something good here to say about Israel, unlike you. I know who Israel's friends are and you are not one. But then neither is 97% of the Islamic world and neither is Arafat or Bin Laden. 

Your lamer critique is hereby rejected..... by me at least.

 

26 posted on 06/19/2002 12:16:21 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: kjam22; dennisw
Bob Dylan always struck me as a genius who could never fit in... most of his contemporaries were utterly brain dead, even without the help of drugs.
27 posted on 06/19/2002 12:16:33 PM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Beau Schott
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/jpost/index.html?ts=1024513703
If you translate it - they will buy it
Jerusalem Post; Jerusalem; Apr 5, 2002; Jerusalem Post Staff;

Words in Document: 141

Available Formats:
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Abstract:
Mein Kampf was originally translated in the 1960s, and revived by Bisan, a Lebanese publisher, in the 1990s. In the preface, translator Luis al-Haj states: "National socialism did not die with the death of its herald."

28 posted on 06/19/2002 12:16:35 PM PDT by Beau Schott
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To: Blue Monk
Your right... He does still play some of those songs. Here are some lyrics from his recent Grammy winning album.

The air is getting hotter There's a rumbling in the skies I've been wading through the high muddy water With the heat rising in my eyes Every day your memory grows dimmer It doesn't haunt me like it did before I've been walking through the middle of nowhere Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

When I was in Missouri They would not let me be I had to leave there in a hurry I only saw what they let me see You broke a heart that loved you Now you can seal up the book and not write anymore I've been walking that lonesome valley Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

People on the platforms Waiting for the trains I can hear their hearts a-beatin' Like pendulums swinging on chains When you think that you lost everything You find out you can always lose a little more I'm just going down the road feeling bad Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

I'm going down the river Down to New Orleans They tell me everything is gonna be all right But I don't know what "all right" even means I was riding in a buggy with Miss Mary-Jane Miss Mary-Jane got a house in Baltimore I been all around the world, boys Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door

Gonna sleep down in the parlor And relive my dreams I'll close my eyes and I wonder If everything is as hollow as it seems Some trains don't pull no gamblers No midnight ramblers, like they did before I been to Sugar Town, I shook the sugar down Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door

30 posted on 06/19/2002 12:22:21 PM PDT by kjam22
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To: Blue Monk
My favorite is Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
31 posted on 06/19/2002 12:24:32 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Skooz

My fave Dylan with "Visions of Johanna" being my fave tune. Poetry. 

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Visions Of Johanna 

(Seems Like A Freeze Out) 
(Was the alternative title of this song)

Bob Dylan © 1966 Dwarf Music

Ain't it just like the night to play
Tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet ?
We sit here stranded
Though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain temptin' you to defy it.
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
An' these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.

<SNIP>

 


32 posted on 06/19/2002 12:25:36 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: LarryLied

Dylan is a child of Emma Goldman and Abraham Maslow, the godparents of the 60s radicals. Maybe he's changed but few of them ever did.

Does that mean you don’t like the song?


34 posted on 06/19/2002 12:28:58 PM PDT by SJackson
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
To quote "The Chanuka Song" by Adam Sandler:

Bob Dylan was born a Jew Then he wasn't but now he's back,

36 posted on 06/19/2002 12:29:29 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: dennisw
Glad you have READ that, you for-sure can't understand him when he sings it.
37 posted on 06/19/2002 12:30:36 PM PDT by A CA Guy
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To: dennisw
Bump for dennisw and a another great Dylan song!
38 posted on 06/19/2002 12:30:53 PM PDT by Bella_Bru
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To: Beau Schott
thanks for the ping.
39 posted on 06/19/2002 12:32:26 PM PDT by Atsilvquodi
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To: Blue Monk
When asked if this song is about Israel Bob replied "It's about whatever you want it to be about"
40 posted on 06/19/2002 12:33:08 PM PDT by kazatzkeh
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To: Blue Monk
Dylan absolutely still plays some songs from his "born again" albums.

I stand corrected. I don't recall any from the two times I've heard Dylan in the last few years.

42 posted on 06/19/2002 12:38:12 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian
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To: Blue Monk
My favorite is "The Ballad of Hattie Carroll," a heartbreaking song about the murder of a black hotel maid. Judy Collins did the definitive version of it. Dylan is a great artist.
44 posted on 06/19/2002 12:40:30 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: LindaSOG
Seen him live a bunch of times, the last time was a few years ago. His lyrics have always managed to reach down and pull at my inner core and he pulled hard.

I agree with you. I saw him I think 3 years ago. Excellent show. He was sober, engaged the crowd, actually sang really well. The band was super solid and the show was very good. I just stood there and smiled the whole time. You're right. It's like medicine.

45 posted on 06/19/2002 12:43:20 PM PDT by kjam22
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To: LindaSOG
Black Diamond Bay is my favorite Dylan song ever. I was going to post the lyrics, too. Thanks.
46 posted on 06/19/2002 12:46:07 PM PDT by Skooz
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Does that mean you don’t like the song?

I think it just means that Mr. Lied dislikes Jews. Mr. Lied seems to tell us that at least three times on every thread even tangentially touching Jews.

47 posted on 06/19/2002 12:47:26 PM PDT by Cachelot
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Oh, what the heck:

Black Diamond Bay

Up on the white veranda
She wears a necktie and a Panama hat.
Her passport shows a face
From another time and place
She looks nothin' like that.
And all the remnants of her recent past
Are scattered in the wild wind.
She walks across the marble floor
Where a voice from the gambling room is callin' her to come on in.
She smiles, walks the other way
As the last ship sails and the moon fades away
From Black Diamond Bay.

As the mornin' light breaks open, the Greek comes down
And he asks for a rope and a pen that will write.
"Pardon, monsieur," the desk clerk says,
Carefully removes his fez,
"Am I hearin' you right?"
And as the yellow fog is liftin'
The Greek is quickly headin' for the second floor.
She passes him on the spiral staircase
Thinkin' he's the Soviet Ambassador,
She starts to speak, but he walks away
As the storm clouds rise and the palm branches sway
On Black Diamond Bay.

A soldier sits beneath the fan
Doin' business with a tiny man who sells him a ring.
Lightning strikes, the lights blow out.
The desk clerk wakes and begins to shout,
"Can you see anything?"
Then the Greek appears on the second floor
In his bare feet with a rope around his neck,
While a loser in the gambling room lights up a candle,
Says, "Open up another deck."
But the dealer says, "Attendez-vous, s'il vous plait,''
As the rain beats down and the cranes fly away
From Black Diamond Bay.

The desk clerk heard the woman laugh
As he looked around the aftermath and the soldier got tough.
He tried to grab the woman's hand,
Said, "Here's a ring, it cost a grand."
She said, "That ain't enough."
Then she ran upstairs to pack her bags
While a horse-drawn taxi waited at the curb.
She passed the door that the Greek had locked,
Where a handwritten sign read, "Do Not Disturb."
She knocked upon it anyway
As the sun went down and the music did play
On Black Diamond Bay.

"I've got to talk to someone quick!"
But the Greek said, "Go away," and he kicked the chair to the floor.
He hung there from the chandelier.
She cried, "Help, there's danger near
Please open up the door!"
Then the volcano erupted
And the lava flowed down from the mountain high above.
The soldier and the tiny man were crouched in the corner
Thinking of forbidden love.
But the desk clerk said, "It happens every day,"
As the stars fell down and the fields burned away
On Black Diamond Bay.

As the island slowly sank
The loser finally broke the bank in the gambling room.
The dealer said, "It's too late now.
You can take your money, but I don't know how
You'll spend it in the tomb."
The tiny man bit the soldier's ear
As the floor caved in and the boiler in the basement blew,
While she's out on the balcony, where a stranger tells her,
"My darling, je vous aime beaucoup."
She sheds a tear and then begins to pray
As the fire burns on and the smoke drifts away
From Black Diamond Bay.

I was sittin' home alone one night in L.A.,
Watchin' old Cronkite on the seven o'clock news.
It seems there was an earthquake that
Left nothin' but a Panama hat
And a pair of old Greek shoes.
Didn't seem like much was happenin',
So I turned it off and went to grab another beer.
Seems like every time you turn around
There's another hard-luck story that you're gonna hear
And there's really nothin' anyone can say
And I never did plan to go anyway
To Black Diamond Bay.

49 posted on 06/19/2002 12:50:56 PM PDT by Skooz
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