Can Bob Be Saved (Part Vl)

By Larry Fyffe

Here are song lyrics by Bob Dylan that use ‘door’ as rhyme word.

From behind the curtain, the boss crossed the floor
He moved his feet, and he bolted the door
Shadows hid the lines in his face
With all the nobility of an ancient race
(Tin Angel)
Well, I see you got a new boyfriend
You know, I never seen him before
Well, I saw you making love with him
You forgot to close the garage door
(Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat)
Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing
Blowing like she never blowed before
Blue light blinking, red light glowing
Blowing like she's at my chamber door
(Duquesne Whistle)
All night long
I lay awake, and listen to the sound of pain
The door has closed forevermore
If indeed there ever was a door
(Forgetful Heart)

To protect you, and defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
But It ain't me you're looking for, babe
(It Ain't Me Babe)

I've heard it said before
Open the door, Richard
I've heard it said before
But I ain't gonna hear it said no more
(Open The Door Homer)

Well I rush into your hallway
Lean against your velvet door
I watch upon your scorpion
Who crawls across your circus floor
(Temporary Like Achilles)

She said, "Would you like to take a shower?
I'll show you up to the door"
I said, "Oh, no, no
I've been through this movie before"
(Motorpsycho Nightmare)

Was a friend to the poor
He travelled with a gun in every hand
All along this countryside
He opened many a door
(John Wesley Harding)

Pretty maids all in a row lined up
Outside my cabin door
I've never wanted any of them wanting me
'Cept the girl from the Red River shore
(Red River Shore)

All your sea sick sailors, they are rowing home
Your empty-handed army is going home
Your lover who just walked out the door
Has taken his blankets from the floor
(It's All Over Now Baby Blue)

If not for you
Babe, I couldn't find the door
Couldn't even see the floor
I'd be sad and blue
(If Not For You)

Come baby find me, come baby remind me of where I once begun
Come baby show me, come baby show you know me, tell me you're the one
I could be learning, you could be yearning to see behind closed door
But I'll always be emotionally yours
(Emotionally Yours)

Throw my ticket out the window
Throw my suitcase out there too
Throw my troubles out the door
I don't need them anymore
(Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With

He asks you with a grin
If you're having a good time
Then he fines you every time you slam the door
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more
(Maggie's Farm)

Outside the crowd was stirring
You could hear it from the door
Inside the judge was stepping down
While the jury cried for more
(Drifter's Escape)

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore
Getting too dark, too dark to see
Feel I'm knocking on Heaven's door
(Knocking On Heaven's door)

I ran right through the front door
Like a hobo sailor does
But it was just a funeral parlor
And the man asked me who I was
(115th Dream)

Smoke pouring out of a boxcar door
You didn't know it, you didn't think it could be done
In the final end, he won the war
After losing every battle
(Idiot Wind)

Complete evaporation to the core
Though I tried, and failed to find the door
I must have thought there was nothing more
Absurd than that love is just a four letter word
(Love Is Just A Four Letter Word)

The call of the wild is
Forever at my door
Wants to fly like a eagle
While being chained to the floor
(You Changed My Life)

Now I'll cry tonight
Like I cried the night before
And I'm 'leased on the highway
But I dream about the door
(I'm Not There)

Footnote from Tony:

This series has really got me thinking about the words people use in their songwriting and I came across a piece of research into how various best selling songwriters use words.

The artist with the widest vocabulary was reported as Eminem, using 8,818 words in the songs studied with a note added to the effect that he uses a word he has not previously used every 11 words.  Following on are Jay Z, Tupac Shakur, Kanye West and then Bob Dyal on 4,883.  The Beatles are 76th.

Of course it is not just the words that are important, but getting them in the right order helps as well.


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One comment

  1. From the movie ‘On The Water Front’,
    starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden:

    “You lost the battle, but you have a chance to win the war”

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