You Can Be My Dream If I Can Be In Yours: Bob Dylan Meets Dr. Freud

By Larry Fyffe

Dr Freud: Bob, go lie over there on the couch…..that is, unless you think you are a puppy….ha, ha, ha. And tell me all about your dreams.

(Dylan doesn’t laugh, and lies down on the couch)

Bob Dylan: O.K., Doc, here’s one of my dreams….I call it Absolutely Sweet Marie:

Well, your railroad gate, you know I
just can’t jump it
Sometimes it gets so hard, you see
I’m just sitting here beating on my trumpet
With all these promises you left for me

Dr Freud writes in his notebook: Patient doesn’t know the difference between a drum and a wind instrument.  Needs music instructor.

Bob Dylan: This one I call….Ballad Of A Thin Man..

Well, the sword swallower comes up to you
And then he kneels
He crosses himself
And he clicks his high heels
And without further notice
He asks you how it feels
And he says, Here is your throat back
Thanks for the loan

Dr Freud. writes: Patient likes to go to the circus. Apparently, he’s got bundles of cash; gives out loans.

Puts in the margin of his note pad: Still, it’s wise to ask for money from these whackos before giving them their psychoanalysis….not after.

Bob Dylan: And here’s another of my dreams…. called Country Pie:

Raspberry, strawberry, lemon and lime
What do I care
Blueberry, apple, cherry, pumpkin, and plum
Call me for dinner
Honey, I’ll be there

Freud adds to note pad: Patient has healthy appetite; enjoys desserts.

Writes in the margin again: Must get to the grocery store; my sweet daughter Anna tells me that she often thinks about eating bananas.

Bob Dylan: This one I call…. Please, Mrs. Henry:

Now I’m startin’ to drain
My stool’s gonna squeak
If I walk much farther
My crane’s gonna leak

Dr Freud writes Obviously, patient is not a very good carpenter.

Dr Freud: Well, Mr. Dylan, (The doctor looks at his watch) ….it seems a good time to end this session.  By the way, my daughter is waiting out in the hallway to get your autograph.

Bob Dylan: O.K., Doc….Mind if I ask her out for dinner?

Dr Freud: Not at all, Mr. Dylan….You sound like a very fine gentleman…..reminds me…..I have to go buy some bananas.

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