Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Love Minus Zero/No Limit, by Bob Dylan

From a breakthrough album (the album that started it all, Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) a breakthrough song. After the political experiments in The Times They Are A-Changin' and the first onirical experiments in his lyrics featured in Another Side Of Bob Dylan, here Zimmermann played with language, played with the structure of the pop song, experimented what he had learned with the Beatles and at the same time showed them what you can do with clever lyrics.
The cloak and dagger dangles,
Madams light the candles.
In ceremonies of the horsemen,
Even the pawn must hold a grudge.
Statues made of match sticks,
Crumble into one another,
My love winks, she does not bother,
She knows too much to argue or to judge.
Besides, this is the title I borrowed for my novel.

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