"Like A Rolling Stone", analysis of Bob Dylan's song.

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Not very many songs compare to Bob Dylan's timeless "Like A Rolling Stone". He explores areas that most conventional lyricists and composers do not touch. Bob tells us many of life's lessons in a mere six minutes and nine seconds. The divine Bob describes life before and after the fall from fame and fortune by telling the stories of multiple persons, speaking to them in conversation. The theme of this song is loss, whether is it loss of social status, money, or trust for humanity. The first stanza tells the listener or reader not to "throw the bums a dime" because it is easy to loan too many peoples money and never be repaid, leaving the possibility of losing everything. The lines of the first stanza address someone as "you", suggesting…show more content…
" You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns" (line 30). Dylan uses images of jokers, thieves, and clowns often in his lyrics, such as in "All Along the Watchtower" with the line ". . . said the joker to the thief." You never realized that it isn't a good idea to entrust your life or money to someone else. "You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you" (line 33). You used to parade around with your most trusted advisor, who was very cunning and sly. It was hard when you found out that he wasn't who you thought he was, and that he had stolen everything he could get his hands on. This stanza a few repeats of literary devices we've already seen in earlier stanzas. Line 30 has another example of assonance using the words "around" and "frowns". Another repeat of a literary device is in line 33 with internal rhyme; "You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you". There are two examples of metaphors with "the chrome horse" in line 34 and line 35, "who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat". These strange, difficult to understand lyrics are very common in Dylan songs. Sometimes entire songs are made up of these vague metaphors, such as "It's All Right Ma, I'm Only Bleeding," and "It's a Hard Rain That's Gonna Fall". A girl and all her friends are held up in society, and they spend their time partying and buying each other expensive gifts. They think that life could never get

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