Bob Dylan And The Selfie Rhyme Twister

By Larry Fyffe

Though it may be by mere coincidence, seems that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan not only borrows rhymes, often twisting the around a bit, from songs and poems by others. And he borrows them from his own works too, giving them a twist as well.

In the song verse below, end-rhymed be ~ ‘dawn’/’gone’/’on’:

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window, I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm a-travelling on
(Bob Dylan: Don't Think Twice, It's all Right)

In the following song lyrics, ‘dawn’/’on’ be the rhyme:

Praise be to Nero's Neptune, the Titanic sails at dawn
Everybody's shouting,  'Which side are you on?'
(Bob Dylan: Desolation Row)

In the song lyrics below, rhymed be ~ ‘dawn’/’gone’:

They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
Honey, you wouldn't know it by me
Every day's been darkness since you've been gone
(Bob Dylan: Meet Me In The Morning)

Internally rhymed be ~ ‘swan’/’on’ in the following song yrics:

The swan on the river goes gliding by
The swan on the river goes gliding by
(Bob Dylan: The Ballad Of The Gliding Swan ~ Dylan/Jones)*
(*May be from traditional song)

Below, an end-twist thereon ~ ‘dawn’/’swan’:

My heart's in the Highland at the break of dawn
By the beautiful Lake of the Black Swan
(Bob Dylan: Highland)

In the lyrics below, the end-rhyme is ~ ‘arrive’/’survive’:

I'll be waiting at the station for her to arrive
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive
(Bob Dylan: Seven Days)

Selfie-referenced in the following lyrics with the twist ~ ‘arrived’/’survived’:

There's new day at dawn, and I finally arrived
If I'm there in the morning,  baby, you'll know I survived
(Bob Dylan: Where Are You Tonight)

In the song lyrics beneath, the rhyme sequence is ~ ‘spirit’/’hear it’:

It's the ways of the flesh to war against the spirit
Twenty-four hours a day, you can feel it, and you can hear it
(Bob Dylan: Solid Rock)

In the following lyrics, it’s ~ ‘hear it’/’spirit’:

Got the right spirit, you can feel it, and you can hear it
You've got what they call 'the immortal spirit'
(Bob Dylan: My Own Version Of You)

Below, rhymed be ~ ‘road’/’explodes’:

The fiddler he now steps to the road .....
While my conscience explodes
(Bob Dylan: Visions Of Johanna)

But below it’s  ~ ‘explode’/’road’:

To live it you have to explode ....
Sacrifice was the code of the road
(Bob Dylan: Where Are You Tonight)

In the next song lyrics, rhymed is ~ ‘concertina’/’Angelina’:

Where the current is strong, and the monkey dances
To the tune of the concertina....
But whatever it could be, makes me think you've seen me before
(Bob Dylan: Angelina)

However, the rhyme’s borrowed from a verse by another songwriter ~ ‘Angelina”/’concertina’:

Angelina, Angelina
Please bring down your concertina
And play a welcome for me 'cause I'll be home from the sea
(Harry Belafonte: Angelina ~ Burgie)

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