Bob Dylan And Chuck Berry, and some wonderful videos

By Larry Fyffe

If you’re talking about Bob Dylan and rocknroll, you’re talking about both the lyrics and music of  Chuck Berry who hypes up rhythm and blues:

Bertha Mason shook it, broke it
Then she hung it on the wall
Says, "You're dancing with whom they tell you to
Or you don't dance at all"
(Bob Dylan: High Water)

Bertha Mason is a mad woman from the ‘Jane Eyre” novel, but the lyrics below are from the ‘Father of RocknRoll”:

She could not leave her number
But I know who placed the call
'Cause my uncle took the message
And he wrote it on the wall
(Chuck Berry: Memphis, Tennessee)

There’s this song:

I got eight carburetors, boys, and I'm using'em all
Well, I got eight carburators, and I'm using'em all
I'm short on gas, my motor's starting to stall
(Bob Dylan: Summer Days)

A reference to the following song;

She just don't have the appetite
For gas somehow
And, Dad, I got four carburators
Hooked up on it now
(Chuck Berry: Dear Dad)

Listen to this one:

Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
(Bob Dylan: Subterranean Homesick Sick Blues)

And then this:

Working in the filling station, too many tasks
Wipe the windows, check the tires, check the oil, dollar gas
Ah, too much monkey business, too much monkey business
I don't want your botheration, go away, leave me be
(Chuck Berry: Too  Much Monkey Business)

A sentiment expressed in the folk rock song below:

The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keeping on
Like a bird that flew
(Bob Dylan: Tangled Up In Blue)


Bringing it all back home to:

Ah, Nadine, honey, is that you?
Seems like every time I catch up with you
You up to something new
(Chuck Berry: Nadine)

Rendered below:

Ah, Nadine, baby, is that you?
Seems like every time I catch up with you
You got something else to do
(Bob Dylan: Nadine ~ Chuck Berry)

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