I remember the first time I ever heard Dylan. I was a freshman in high school and I was looking for a new album to spin. There was something about going to the record store and buying his album, Bringing It All Back Home. When the needle hit vinyl, and the lyrics started flowing, there was definitely something special about this artist. It wasn't just his voice, his guitar, or his harmonica, it was his lyrics. In the year 2016, the Nobel Prize for Literature came 'knock, knock, knocking' on his door. Bob Dylan was the recipient of this acknowledgment for his lyrics that have still rang with purpose 50 years later. Here a few of his lyrics that have held value to me over the past years.
1. ''May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong. And may you stay, forever young." -Forever Young (Planet Waves 1973).
2. "When your rooster crows at the break of dawn. Look out your window, and I'll be gone. You're the reason I'm a-traveling on, but don't think twice, it's all right." -Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 1963).
3. "If your time to you is worth savin'. Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin'. -The Times They Are A-Changin' (The Times They Are A-Changin' 1964).
4. "I could make you happy, make your dreams come true. Nothing that I wouldn't do. Go to the ends of the Earth for you." -Make You Feel My Love (Time Out of Mind 1997).
5. “Take care of all your memories … for you cannot relive them.” -Open the Door, Homer (The Basement Tapes 1975).
6. "Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky. With one hand waving free, silhouetted by the sea. Circled by the circus sands, with all memory and fate. Driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow." -Mr. Tambourine Man (Bringing It All Back Home 1965).
Bob Dylan has always redefined the rules of poetry and lyrics, and he will continue to ''prophesy with his pen,'' for the generations to come.