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Bob Dylan & the Nobel Prize in Literature

This guide was created to offer resources about the literary (or not) merits of Bob Dylan, inspired by the surrounding controversy of the Nobel Prize Committee to award Bob Dylan with the Nobel Prize in Literature this year.

Lyric Excerpts (aka Britt's Picks of the Week)

From "Hurricane" off the album Desire:
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Paterson that’s just the way things go
If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street
’Less you wanna draw the heat

 

From "Blowin' in the Wind" off the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan:

Yes, 'n' how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

 

From "Sara" off the album, Desire:

Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp
And a piece of an old ship that lies on the shore
You always responded when I needed your help
You gimme a map and a key to your door

 

and (teehee): From "I Shall be Free No. 10" off the album, Another Side of Bob Dylan:

Now I got a friend who spends his life
Stabbing my picture with a bowie knife
Dreams of strangling me with a scarf
When my name comes up he pretends to barf
I’ve got a million friends!