Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize of Literature 2016 was given to Bob Dylan. Everybody is talking about it nowadays and it is becoming too repetitive, but I don’t want to talk about this prize.

 

I would like to tell you about one of his albums, maybe one of the most famous called “The freewheelin’”. My father has this album, and when he bought it, he wrote the date on it. It was the 17th of February of 1979. It’s still at home.

The album cover has turned yellow and when you listen to it you hear that beautiful creak that CDs will never equalize. When I was a little girl, he would listen to it all the time.  He used to play it so loud that the music could be heard in the whole house, funnily enough now I do that, too.

 

The lead single of the album is “Blowin’ in the wind “that has been sung by Joan Baez and Neil Young, my father´s two other heroes. It talks about peace, war and freedom.  Unfortunately we often turn our backs on what´s happening around us. This attitude could be explained in the verse “How many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn’t see?”.

 

 

There is also a song in this album titled “Masters of war”. I’ll copy here some fragments which will express what I cannot do in an easy way.

 

Come you masters of war

You that build all the guns

You that build the death planes

You that build all the bombs

You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know

I can see through your masks

(…)

And I hope that you die

And your death’ll come soon

(…)

And I’ll stand over your grave

Till I’m sure that you’re death

 

Another song is A hard rain’s a-gonna fall. I love its music and its lyrics. It’s my favourite, but unfortunately I can´t explain it as I don´t understand a single word of it. I’ve listened to it for a hundred of times, and I just feel it’s… I don’t know… one of the best songs ever written.

 

The last song I’m going to talk about (if I can decode something) is Talkin’ World War III blues. In this song, someone goes to the doctor because he had a dream about the World War III. The doctor tells him he’s crazy, maybe because he doesn’t want people to know anything about what’s going on. When he starts telling the doctor about it, he is driving a stolen Cadillac and he is smoking, all very weird. Then the doctor tells him he also had that dream, but he was the only one who had survived the war. Finally, the song says that Abraham Lincoln said “I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”, we always think we are the only ones.

The thing is, The freewheelin’ is a great album with great songs and I think it will be, for a long time, a legend in music.

By Lola García Fueyo