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"Tangled Up In Blue," by Bob Dylan (Neblett copy)

Author: Bob Dylan

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Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough
And I was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I’ve paid some dues gettin’ through
Tangled up in blue

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Apr 8
SAPPHIRE NEBLETT (Apr 08 2019 5:46PM) : The author repeats this line after every stanza. more

“Tangled Up In Blue” connects back to the title. He could be describing how he feels about how his life is going right now.

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May 16
OMAR RAMIREZ (May 16 2019 7:44PM) : I think- more

That he’s saying how depressing his current situation, given that the color blue is associated with sadness and depression. He could be saying “this that and the third, this is so depressing”.

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess
But I used a little too much force
We drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best
She turned around to look at me
As I was walkin’ away
I heard her say over my shoulder
“We’ll meet again someday on the avenue”
Tangled up in blue

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I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I happened to be employed
Workin’ for a while on a fishin’ boat
Right outside of Delacroix
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind, and I just grew
Tangled up in blue

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SAPPHIRE NEBLETT (May 15 2019 8:10PM) : "I seen a lot of women But she never escaped my mind, and I just grew Tangled up in blue." more

This shows how Dylan is in love with this girl because he wasn’t worried about the other women around him. Dylan may be tangled up in his thoughts and loving this girl.

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May 16
EMILY RODRIGUEZ (May 16 2019 8:16PM) : awww thats so cute he always had her in he's mind and never forgot about her. thats so cute.
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She was workin’ in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer
I just kept lookin’ at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear
And later on as the crowd thinned out
I’s just about to do the same
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, “Don’t I know your name?”
I muttered somethin’ underneath my breath
She studied the lines on my face
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe
Tangled up in blue

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SAPPHIRE NEBLETT (May 15 2019 8:23PM) : "She studied the lines on my face I must admit I felt a little uneasy." more
You can tell Dylan is feeling butterflies in his stomach and his heart just by being close to her.
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She lit a burner on the stove
And offered me a pipe
“I thought you’d never say hello,” she said
“You look like the silent type”
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin’ coal
Pourin’ off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you
Tangled up in blue

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I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the cafés at night
And revolution in the air
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside
And when finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin’ on like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue

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So now I’m goin’ back again
I got to get to her somehow
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenters’ wives
Don’t know how it all got started
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point of view
Tangled up in blue

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Copyright © 1974 by Ram's Horn Music; renewed 2002 by Ram’s Horn Music

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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