Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bob Dylan, "Not Dark Yet"

Lyrics follow....

Not Dark Yet
by Bob Dylan

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writing what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Well, I’ve been to London and I’ve been to gay Paree
I’ve followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down on the bottom of a world full of lies
I ain’t looking for nothing in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden seems more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

I was born here and I’ll die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Copyright © 1997 by Special Rider Music


Fr. Josh Miller said...

One of my favorites of all time. Phrasing is perfect, especially the long drawl at the end of a couplet.

Strangely, this song ended up on a soundtrack for Mel Gibson's "The Passion," under songs inspired by the event.

Keith DeRose said...

Is this video a lip-syncing and play-syncing to an already recorded audio track? It sounds to me exactly like the recording of this song on TIME OUT OF MIND.

It's an amazing recording of a remarkable song. One of the two great recordings put out by Dylan & Daniel Lanois--the other one being "Most of the Time," from OH MERCY.