Top 5 Bob Dylan Songs
Berny Belvedere
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Solid picks. My single favorite Dylan lyric is from Tombstone Blues:

Well, John the Baptist, after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero, the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, “Tell me, great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?”

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, “Death to all those who would whimper and cry”
And, dropping a barbell, he points to the sky
Saying, “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken”

Weirdest from that song:

The geometry of innocence, flesh on the bone
Causes Galileo’s math book to get thrown
At Delilah, who’s sitting worthlessly alone
But the tears on her cheeks are from laughter

I wish I could give Brother Bill his great thrill
I would set him in chains at the top of the hill
Then send out for some pillars and Cecil B. DeMille
He could die happily ever after

Also, “Oh, God said to Abraham, ‘kill me a son’” (from Highway 61 Revisited) might be the best opening line of any song by anyone.

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