The Philosophy Of Bob Dylan
This essay will look closely at Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” “For Ramona” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Not Dark Yet”.
The song “Blowin’ in the wind” asks the listener philosophical questions about what it takes to make a man, what it will take to stop wars, and what it means to have lost your identity and try to regain it back (Sounes 31). When asked about arguably his most famous poem of all time, Dylan said, “People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, and then repent” (Dylan 102). This statement’s allegory can be seen clearly in the first two lines of the song when Dylan asks what exactly does a man have to do to be called a man (Sounes 15). The words bring to mind the struggle of the typical male figure in a family during that time period who had to be many different things…show more content… Tambourine Man” by Dylan was filled with the things that likely inspired Dylan as a songwriter for much of his life (Sounes 31). Released in 1965, Dylan himself described the song as originally the memory of Mardi Gras that he experienced the year prior. However, most listeners have believed the song had implications to drug use, referencing both LSD and marijuana, although Dylan has long disputed this (Sounes 33). Dylan has publicly promoted the lyrics being in line with religious discovery and religious salvation, both inspirations he felt when he saw La Strada by Federico Fellini (Sounes 33). Religion is a common topic for songs and for artists who do not normally sing about religious themes, but themselves are going through a religious journey (Sounes 34). Dylan has emphasized his religious journey as being a personal devotion to finding his own self and his inner peace above all things material (Sounes 67). “Mr. Tambourine Man” was Dylan’s way of describing the changing climate in his heart and in his head, and he does this in the melody of the song when he sings about “followin’ you” wherever he may go (Sounes