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Like A Rolling Stone: A Free Verse Interpretation

Updated on September 9, 2014

Finding Inspiration from Music

So there I was last Thursday, killing some time on Facebook as I took a break from the writing of my novel. I tossed out a question to my Peeps. I asked them to name a favorite song, and I said I would write a creative piece inspired by that song.

And the song suggestions poured in, a veritable flood of musical inspiration from which to choose from. Probably the most suggested artist in that list was Bob Dylan, who happens to be one of my favorite musical poets and a man I have greatly admired for five decades.

And so, without any further delay or dragging of feet, I give you my free verse rendition of “Like A Rolling Stone.” My apologies, in advance, to Mr. Dylan if my interpretation misses the mark.

it's a rocky path to the truth
it's a rocky path to the truth | Source

Once upon a Time

“Once upon a time, you dressed so fine, you threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you? People’d call, say, ‘Beware doll, you’re bound to fall’ You thought they were all kiddin’ you.”

Metaphor this, Mo’Fo, you ain’t such hot stuff now, are you, darlin’? Forgot where you came from, forgot where it all began, out of the birth canal, ride that birth chute for all you’re worth, same afterbirth as everyone else, bloody, messy, and there you are, in Nature’s suit, kickin’ and screamin’, no better, no worse, than anyone else.

So where do you get off flashing your jewels and snapping your finger, do this, don’t do that, wait on me, baby, and I’ll flip you 15% if you’re a good little boy or girl now go, go away, please don’t hover like a damned beggar, would you please have some self-respect….but you ain’t saying that now, are you, babe? The jewels are all gone, and people who were friends now just look down with pity and apprehension, yes, that’s right, apprehension, cuz if it can happen to you then it can happen to them, and wouldn’t that just crimp up their nose jobs and put a dent in their plastic, fantastic, faker-than-all-hell boobs?

Individuals or countries, who we talkin’ about here, Bob? Who you highlighting? Who are you calling out for their extravagance and waste, their riches and their apathy? Who was the target and who did you skewer with your words?

How Does It Feel?

“How does it feel? To be without home, like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone?”

Loneliness is the cloak you wear. In the blink of an eye, all that hard-earned, or easily inherited, wealth is gone, and where are you now? Tin cup in hand you shuffle off into the sunset. Set up your cardboard home now, loser, cuz the tax man’s a’comin’ and he ain’t got no sense of humor or compassion for your excuses. Live in excess and die in poverty, the emptiness of the wallet and the emptiness of the soul, and pheasant under glass has morphed into tuna casserole at the Bread Kitchen, and how’s that tasty treat a’tastin’?

No one to blame you say, or too many to blame, but the truth is in the mirror, and there’s no hiding from that Bad Boy, unless you just break the glass, but then you’ve got a distorted vision looking back at you, and ain’t that appropriate? Live in distortion and die in clarity, because when the hooded figure with scythe comes calling, there’s nowhere to hide, no one to shuck and jive, just you, and your memories, and a bottle of Mad Dog to ease the pain.

The Dome is looking a little tarnished these days
The Dome is looking a little tarnished these days | Source

You Said You’d Never Compromise

“With the mystery tramp, but now you realize…He’s not selling any alibis, as you stare into the vacuum of his eyes, and say, ‘do you want to make a deal?’”

Lady Liberty has lost her luster, now, hasn’t she? Hard to take the old gal seriously when she speaks with forked tongue. She used to walk the talk, but now that rhetoric b.s. is just so much nonsense, and who’s listening to her now? Who respects her now? Fallin’ from grace she has, as they all do who stand atop a pedestal much too high for gentle landings.

Cut her some slack, for the love of God, and in God we trust, but God don’t want what you’re selling now, babe, when the homeless outnumber the lawmakers, and their cries fall upon deaf ears during martini hour under the shadow of the Capitol Dome. Make room for the shyster, now, move outta the way, for the corporations and the banks, the high-rollers and the tramps, all wanting a piece of the Lady, and she’s finding out that when you sleep with the dogs you end up with fleas.

Maybe she needs a good dousing. Maybe she needs to be scrubbed clean until she bleeds. Maybe she needs to return to her roots, to liberty and justice for all, but that song is tired, and the vocal chords have cysts, and the sweet song of liberty is sounding like a scratched LP.

You can’t keep making deals, Lady. There are only so many pieces to that pie, and when they’re all gone, all you are left with is the crumbs and the fading aroma of what was once a tasty treat.

You Never Turned Around to See the Frowns

“On the jugglers and the clowns when they all come down and do tricks for you. You never understood that it ain’t no good. You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you.”

How many deals can you make? How many promises can you fabricate? How long do you think you can do the bald-faced-lie-two-step before you trip over your own laces and fall flat on your puss?

Inject this; reject that; play the game by the rules you established, but what happens when those rules are changed, and a whole new game is being played and you are left on the sidelines wondering how to play?

You can only use people for so long? There’s a shelf-life on demands, and once they are outdated they go rancid, and rancid stinks to high heaven and leaves you permanently smelling like two-week old gym socks, and it’s hard to get a date when you smell like a boy’s locker room after the big game.

Used to Ride on the Chrome Horse with Your Diplomat

“Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat. Ain’t it hard when you discover that he really wasn’t where it’s at, after he took from you everything he could steal?”

You sell your soul for a moment of gratification, but the short-term bankrupts the long-term, and robbing Peter to pay Paul is Keynesian suicide of the highest order. Who can you trust when everyone is protecting themselves? Who can you count on when the name of this game is looking out for number one? Don’t you see? Don’t you comprehend, and that rhymes with end, as in the end of the line for those who wallow in selfishness and greed.

One for all and all for one breaks down pretty damned easily when one link goes a’missin’, leaving you with little chunks of metal lying on the floors of the stock exchange as scraps of worthless tickertape flutter down around the red, white and blue corpse. It’s not a pretty sight, is it?

Princess on the Steeple and All the Pretty People

“They’re all drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made. Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things, but you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe.”

What’s that fur worth now, darlin’, when the bottom has fallen out of the ivory tower? When the market for such foolishness scrapes the dung heap, where will your next gourmet meal come from?

You can’t bridge that chasm between wants and needs, but you have to if you’re to survive, and survive may not be thrive but it’s what you have for now, so hock what you have, gather up your cardboard, and join the others down in tent city for a little dose of reality. The soup kitchen opens at nine, the shelter at six, and there’s always a spot under the freeway overpass to catch a cat nap among the other pretty people who forgot that pruning a plant keeps it healthy and strong.

You Used to Be so Amused

“At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used. Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse. When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose. You’re invisibile now, you got no secrets to conceal.”

And there’s the lesson for us all. When you got nothing you got nothing to lose, and those who got nothing are indeed invisible to those who got something, as though a curtain has fallen down upon them, hiding the have nots from the haves, and ain’t that the way it’s always been? Vanderbilts and Trumps, Waltons and Gettys, old money and new, living in a world unspoiled, protected by their spoils, never having to recognize or deal with the ugliness of life outside the castle walls.

But even castles will crumble, worn down by time and fate, so sleep with one eye open because the wolves are always howling at the door, and one day they just might howl your song.

There is great clarity in being real
There is great clarity in being real | Source

How Does It Feel?

It all depends now, doesn’t it? Are you living the truth or living the lies? Only you can answer the eternal question….how does it feel?

And now I pass the challenge on to all of you. Is anyone up for it? I get to choose the song, and you get to write the article. The song is: Across the Universe by the Beatles.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anna! I'll settle for different and entertaining any old day. :)

      bill

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      I like Dylan and I am thinking you felt his vibe and done him proud. I am a huge Rock fan and I don't even know the Beatles songs. Different and entertaining. Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed it does, Deb; great analogy, and I thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It's pretty sad what we have wrought upon ourselves, isn't it? Especially when you give power to those that don't know how to use it. Reminds me of a manager that doesn't know how to manage...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, I can't imagine my life without music. I was raised on the big band sound, so I'm down with Dorsey and Goodman...but my heart and soul are rock n roll. :) Thank you for sharing your experience. Music is such an incredible medium that can bring us all together, don't you think?

      Your kind words are greatly appreciated.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      It never was a secret that I'm out of my element here amongst you young-fry. haha. But your day will come - if it's not inching in - when those who are in their own heydays NOW will look upon yours as antiquated and no matter how you try, you'll never relate to theirs as they do. (wink)

      Hard to believe, considering what yours was/still is, though. It's impact was tremendous - though, actually no more than the music messages of the Gay Nineties, Roarin' 20s, optimistic 30's, War-year Big Band 40s, stuffy 50s all were, as well as the eras since the 60s. You know what they are.

      I did keep up with a lot of each era's music as it unfolded. It was in my genes to do so, I suppose - at least, as much as one could do who had zilch access to much going on 'on the outside' except what I could pick up and research for myself, which has never been a shabby talent or impetus for me.

      But 've never seen even one live rock n'roll concert or live performance. Awareness of what was going on just barely filtered in to my narrow world. Even my kids didn't get to explore much of it, since that was not really allowed, much less encouraged. My son liked James Taylor and it was squelched, so you can imagine what the home atmosphere was in regard to the music of the day.

      I had collected love of music from most every era, before and during my own 'time', and still love the 'greats'. I confess I prefer lyrics that are clear and understandable and melodies that beseech my attention rather than acosting it, but I look to the inspiration and background of the music to better understand and accept it, so I have a rather eclectic musical taste, actually.

      I liked both Sweet Baby James and Bob Dylan and thought they and most of the others of their genres had some pretty amazing musical messages and musical talent in their bags. You've certainly cast vivid light on aspects of them I missed - as only YOU could do, Bill. My exposure was just not trained for all you've said about Dylan. But I trust you and give it my vote and accolades. Your talents are so varied and vast, no telling what you can and will accomplish!! Thumbs up!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, once I get on a roll like this, I can write for days. I had to force myself to shut it down. LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, I never saw Dylan live, so now I'm jealous. I'm not sure how I missed him. I saw so many of the other greats. Anyway, thank you for the votes and the kind words my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I wish he had called. LOL Thank you my friend. You are always so supporting, and I do appreciate it greatly.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      You could have very well written a short story on that, going beyond interpretation. Across the Universe is another beautiful song, a great choice for a challenge. Thanks mucho, Billybuc.

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Interesting, and Awesome freewriting. Shared with followers. Brings my mind back to Chicago circa 1965 when I saw Dylan live (I don't recall exactly where or when) performing this and other songs from Highway 61 Revisited. I remember the intensity with which he sang "Ballad of a Thin Man". I associated "Like a Rolling Stone" with the teen runaways and speed freaks one encountered on Chicago sidewalks in those years.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow! This wasn’t a breath of fresh air...it was the breeze of the ultimate, poetic spring. Great writing, Bill. By the way, Dylan’s agent called; he wants your phone number. :-) Voted waaay up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, John, I'll go look for it. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, finally got my poem for the "free form' challenge "Across the Universe" up and running. Just had to delete the original Beatles lyrics.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. The three poems you mentioned were superb. I love what the other writers did with this challenge. Makes me want to issue another one. :)

      good night my friend, and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I love free verse as it is so freeing indeed! This is a wonderful challenge here and I have read three fantastic free verse poems from other wonderful hubbers so far. I am not sure I could do the Beatles any justice, or even attempt to do so, however, I do love challenges.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Crystal! I really appreciate it.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Simply fantastic Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok..coming from a creative person like you, that is high praise.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I love the way you wrote this hub, Bill! You should definitely get five stars for this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your thing was fantastic, Audrey, and I appreciate you doing it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks John! I saw that you posted but then it said it was shut down for whatever reason. I hope it comes through because I really want to read your words.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I realize now that I sorta did my own thing! Sorry about that!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have taken the challenge Bill, but having trouble getting my hub passed for publication. I included the Beatle's original lyrics and it says a large part of the content of my hub appears elsewhere. It says it isn't a plagiarism or duplicate content issue though?? WIll just have to wait and see...I resubmitted it, but may have to delete the original words altogether.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you for such a kind comment. That's too bad about that concert. I remember several like that during the 60s where I left very disappointed. Anyway, thank you and it's good to see you again.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      You are amazing. In true grit style, you took Dylan's lyrics to another level. Like John, I am not sure I am familiar with "Across the Universe," but look forward to checking it out. I love Dylan's works, but one of the worst concerts I ever attended was at Appalachian State University featuring Bob Dylan. The concert was in a gym and the volume was so loud you could not hear the music. In your rendition, no need to cover my ears. Thank You for such an amazing trip.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle. I hope that is true.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cheuax, thank you very much. I'll take that compliment any day of the week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, if I can leave a reader speechless, then I am one satisfied writer. Thank you dear friend. You brought a smile to my face.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Randi. Toby stopped by and helped me write this. :) I hope Bob would approve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, John. Come from Poet of the Year I am humbled. I'm sure you've heard "Across the Universe"...but it is one of their lesser-known works. I have no doubt you would do it justice with your words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank! I much prefer creative writing to other genres, and Ann was incredible.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, thank you my friend. I had no idea I could do this when I was younger....in fact, three years ago I didn't know...it just came to me. I'm sure glad it finally arrived. LOL

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Well, now, Mr. Dylan would be proud!! Yee haw!

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      Will-I-Am II 3 years ago

      Without dragging feet, I want to say you write like a pro. Great piece.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I'm speechless, you are really good at this! Absolutely stunning poetry, Mr Dylan himself could not help but be impressed.

      I think I'll just watch and learn. Ann did a sterling job with this challenge also. Well done, great idea my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Absolutely brilliant! Very much reminded me of Toby King! There were even a few moments there that sounded a bit like..heaven forbid..rap! Great job, Bill! I am always inspired by music and lived how you did this!I think Bob would like this!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, a great poetic take on one of Bob Dylan's iconic tunes. Maybe as you say, this is your poetic forte. You did choose a song with a great message. Reading some of the other comments people have trouble understanding the lyrics or message of some of Dylan's early work. Maybe he should hire you as an interpreter of his songs. :)

      I'll have to research "Across the Universe". I am sure I would have heard it, but the name doesn't ring any bells.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      making the creative minds kick up in full gear Billy.. already read Ann and she was way up for the challenge and handled it with ease.. voted awesome and I look forward to reading the challenge that your seeds produces... :)

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Bill, I wish I could do what you do. Your creativeness amazes me. Whenever I read something you've written, I usually sit back asking, "How does he do that?" Bob Dylan lyrics have always baffled me. So, I never really listened to his music. But now you come along and add your creative touch and it all seems a little less confusing. You've got extreme talent.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Vicki! It means a lot to me to read your comment.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful writing, Bill. I loved your easy-flowing, descriptive, fun yet deep free verse. Loved it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll do that tonight, Audrey, although for the life of me, I don't know where to start....far too many choices.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Take a moment and list if you can--some of the most beautiful music ever written I think

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey. I look forward to seeing it.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Oh you got me Bill! I wrote one in response

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Iris! I'm glad you enjoyed my rambling verse.

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Fantastic! The "You Said You'd Never Compromise" portion was particularly powerful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I love your rendition. You're pretty damned good at this. Unfortunately yes, we've seen too much of this. The middle class is disappearing and they aren't even aware of it, or they are aware and hope someone else will bail out the sinking boat....but nobody has a bucket to bail with...sad affairs my friend.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, I had fun, and it was surprisingly easy to write. This may be my favorite genre in writing. Thank you dear friend.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Pretty good job, Bill. Loved your piece. You have eloquently painted a sad but accurate picture of the state we are in. You've issued a great challenge, but unfortunately we are busier at work right now than a one-legged ass-kicker, so I don't have time to research the Beatles song and write. Here is my contribution:

      In '09 the Middle class fell on its ass through some fault of its own, now its like a rollin’ stone. A rollin’ stone gathers no moss. No green stuff to pocket so now we’ve empty tanks and empty banks, only copper in pockets that clank. Stealin’ copper to make a livin’, ending up in jail. At least that’s not livin’ under the bridge. Catnappin’ in a cell, bad food, a livin’ hell. Mama’s home takin’ the bus to the Food Bank. Daughter’s on the street sellin’ her body, got two kids now that dress shoddy. Son’s down at the mosque talkin’ trash. Soon he’ll be on the street sellin’ hash, but that’s a livin’. Like a rollin stone.

      Unfortunately we’ve seen too much of this. When are we going to wake up!

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      Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

      Well, you did it. You took a crazy idea and turned it into a masterpiece. I knew you could and I knew you would. Dylan is one of my heroes too so I'm so glad you chose him and especially this song. Lots of hidden jewels in the poetry of this one and you buffed them up and let them shine. Loved it Kindred!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lori. I had fun writing this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I could live with the raggae...rap, not so much. LOL Heck, I lived back then, Sheila, and I didn't understand half of the old songs. :) Thanks for the stop by and comment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I love Mr. Tambourine Man...I just might take you up on it. As for the Jagger connection, I hadn't heard that...more research is necessary me thinks.

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Clive. I appreciate it.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Excellent and interesting perspective. I have a fb friend who is fanatical about Bob Dylan. I will share it with him.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I never understood some of those old songs, but even if someone tells you your interpretation is wrong it still makes more sense to me. About halfway through the hub I thought how your free verse would go great with a rap beat. No, I don't like rap, but can you hear it? Wait! Not rap! Get some steel drums and someone with a Jamaican accent and do it raggae style.

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      In'erestin', man! Don' gimme that jive-talkin', man! You got some umbilical cord that ties you to Dylan, man?

      Novel presentation, I have to give you that, Bill, almost proto-Norse with these modern beat generation 'kennings'. I heard it on the grapevine - we know a song about that, don't we? - that Dylan wrote this as a diatribe about Jones, Jagger & Co. A long, long, long time later - after Brian copped it in his swimming pool - they performed it live on stage (can't remember where, but it wasn't all that long ago).

      Now do one of one of the Glimmer Twins' numbers, such as maybe 'Parachute Woman'.

      What's it worth, Mr Tambourine Man?

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      Clive Williams 3 years ago from Nibiru

      Great Hub Billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friend.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Thank you billy. I just checked and I see I owe you a big congratulations as well. Bravo!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop, and congratulations on your Hubbie Award. Well-deserved my political rabble-rousing friend.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Dylan rocks and so do you, billy! Voted up, awesome and beautiful!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari, thank you so much. High praise indeed and I am very grateful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! You are my reminder to do more of this type of writing. It feels good to let my hair down and be a bit creative.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jaye. I do admit to enjoying this sort of writing. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Awesome work. I once again get enchanted by you. Your crafting of the words. How great and amazing you write. Voted up and awesome.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I can see it now, the next million dollar song written by Billybuc..Wooah! Loved this..

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You are truly gifted at this type of writing, and you chose the perfect song to apply it to, Bill. Amazing!

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. As a lover of music, I was hoping you'd enjoy this little exercise. Music feeds my soul, dear friend, and gets the creative juices flowing.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rhonda, thank you, and I hope you do find me on Facebook....I think I'm listed under Bill Holland of Olympia. See you there my friend, and thanks again. This really is a fun writing exercise.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      While I've never been a big Dylan fan, I love the lyrics you wrote, better than some of his. I like the edge on this, a political commentary in verse with concern for the feelings of no one, only truth.

      I heard a Dr. Seus long one recently redone on a political level and literally laughed outloud. While I wouldn't touch the Beatles, I do think this could be way fun, maybe with Ozzy. This was really cool and fun to read. I'm going to have to find you on FB so the next time you ask for song suggestions I can pitch in :).

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A combination of your 'signature rants' with an interpretation of a favorite song is a treat, Bill.

      Musical inspiration - as natural to us as breathing. I look forward to seeing where this challenge takes off to... very cool!

      Have a happy day! Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks DJ! I always appreciate your visits. Get busy fighting that war my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you are forgiven. :) Now get busy writing!

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      This is a fine write, Mr. Holland. However, we do not share admiration

      of the same venue.

      Still, your interpretations are admirable and your message speaks loudly.

      I do like the quote, "When you got nothing you got nothing to lose".

      I like the very early Beatles songs. Sorry, but I have never hear, "Across the Universe".

      WWII is calling, my friend.

      Have a great day!

      DJ.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Just looked up that song and I do know it but didn't realise that was the title! Der...!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rachael. I appreciate your very kind words. I hope you are right. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sha. This whole idea of possessions, and the beautiful life, and judging others....Dylan understood for sure.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I can certainly identify with being a rolling stone (metaphor, not a member of the band!) lol.

      You do have a gift, whether you know it or not. This piece was unusual but still was an interesting way to highlight possible messages that might be buried in the verses of songs.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I've always loved Bob Dylan. In fact, I've seen him in concert four times. He speaks the truth and makes you stop and think. People who live in glass houses, how does it feel when life comes crashing down? How do you survive? Do you have any idea how to go about living the way the rest of us do who are hanging on by a shoestring?

      Nice wake up call Bill - and Bob!

      Congratulations on winning two Hubbie Awards my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. Now hum that song all day long. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Awesome! Great read to start my morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, thank you! I remember and appreciate those people who have been with me from the start....that's you and a handful of others I have always been able to count on...so thank you...seriously...no sarcasm...thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I love this type of writing, and I love this song...it was a perfect challenge for me. And I really do hope you give the Beatles a try. I look forward to it.

      Sunny here as well, but I have no doubt winter is lifting weights and preparing for his appearance.

      Thank you, Ann!

      bill

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I love Dylan....the song you chose to analyze verse by verse is one of his very best. Very intriguing bro....to present his words in this way....like only Toby King would do. Amazing.

      Knocking on Heaven's Door will now replay again and again in my vulnerable head ...ALL day long. This is a good thing. Beats the heck out of a whole lot of other thoughts I might have.

      A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you billiam.....you've earned it, you definitely deserve it and there's not another writer the 2014 Hubbie Awards should be presented to but YOU. ......and THAT'S the name o' that tune!! So proud of you.......

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You have such a poetic, rhythmic way with words, bill. I love this!

      Will have to look up that Beatles song; don't think I know it - but I'll give it a go.

      Hope your week is going well. We're having a glorious Indian summer here.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Janine. I thought of you when I chose the Beatles' song. Hard to have two in your head at the same time. You are a marvelous organizer. LOL Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DealForALiving...I really want you to write like yourself one day. That's the goal, but thanks for the very kind words.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh man the challenge to write about The Beatles. I seriously need more time in the day, because you know I am true Beatles fan and yet loved your take on Bob Dylan, who yes I can help, but also admire greatly and enjoy listening to his music as well. And now of course I got both songs somehow simultaneously playing in my head. Go figure, but still love that you took the challenge and also passed it along to all of us here! Happy Tuesday, Bill!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I would really like to write like you someday. Hopefully it will come with practice! Another fine effort, Billy.