Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Well It ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If’in you don’t know by now
and it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
it’ll never do somehow.
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your winda’ and I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm a-trav'lin' on
but don't think twice, it's all right

And it ain't no use in a-turnin' on your light, babe
the light I never knowed
and it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
I'm on the dark side of the road
but I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
but We never did too much talkin' anyway
But don't think twice, it's all right

no it ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
Like you never done before
And it ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
I can't hear ya any more
I'm a-thinkin' and a-wond'rin' walkin’ down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I'm told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don't think twice, it's all right

So long, Honey Babe
Where I'm bound, I can't tell
Goodbye is too good a word, babe
So I just say fare thee well
I ain't a-sayin' you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right

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2/23/12 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/23/12

This song is one of my all time favorite Bob Dylan songs. "Don't think twice, it's alright." People do what they do, they hurt you, and if you don't worry about it neither should they, and vice versa. Oh Robert Zimmerman, you've gotten me through many a rough time..

time is precious..keep walking! | Reviewer: sandeepan | 7/14/11

bob is great to harp your heart like a caring wind. why to blame why to whine just smile and don't think twice its alright. Heart loves freedom and break-up is just an another opportunity to feel freedom. Enjoy. And thank Bob. Good day.

Its Alright | Reviewer: Kooch | 6/16/11

Wow lotta head stuff here. In my neighborhood in Queens there were guys who sought to interpret and tell us what he meant. Like any poetry, its all in your own head, and that might even change from day to day. OK I'll put in my own 2 cents...I just listen and the voice and the fingerpickin just takes me away and for that moment there's nowhere else I'd rather be. At this point in time, havin listened to his songs thru so many eras in my life...40+ yrs, can't separate out the nostalgia and the longing from the song in it's own write...but...don't care, it just...gets to me.

Women and their red flag factories | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/18/11

I think SARCASM is what Dylan was aiming for here. You know, 'You just kinda wasted my precious time/But don't think twice, it's alright.' But it *wasn't* alright, it won't ever *BE* alright, it just IS. Like, 'It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding.' No big deal, right?

wise song | Reviewer: Debayan Pal | 11/2/10

well i just had a breakup with my girl,well earlier she used to say she wanted to be my girl,she had another boyfren,and initially i was fine, i told her she dosnt need to decide rite away thinkin wat the heck,she is cheating on her boyfren not me,but i was wrong to do somthn like that....but anyway,it fell apart today...and this song is making me feel real good...i dont blame her....but just a little self-obssessive feeling that i got....bob dylan truely is the wisest man alive.

blahbety blah | Reviewer: Jonathan | 11/1/10

Yeah, to me it's pretty simple. It's either a breakup song or just a song about giving up on an unrequited love. He declares throughout the song that "it's alright," and that she shouldn't "think twice" about him leaving, but the rest of the words throughout the song reveal his bitter, open wounds from the heartbreak. A wonderful song of self-pity.

A great, by a great! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/10

I always thought of it as inspired by pregnancy, abortion and or child birth in a terrible relationship or after the fact. Think about it, you cant resent the child or the girl because you are equally to blame for the conception.

its all right | Reviewer: katy hawke | 1/29/10

Honestly, I think all of you are reading way too far into this. Its a pretty well explained song and I feel like you're kind of twisting dylans words up. Just relax and listen more often instead of trying to figure out every detail of what he means till you completly misread everything he's trying to say. But other than that, this is a beautiful song and most definatly my favorite from his collection.

From the dark side of separation | Reviewer: Steve Borrow | 8/22/09

The early Bob Dylan often used the metaphor of the highway or the open road (for Mark Twain it was the river), to convey the sense of one experientially moving through time. The narrator is letting us in on a conversation he imagines he is having with a woman he loved but is compelled to leave under cover of darkness as he makes his way down that road. Here, the psychic break has occurred and the narrator, metaphorically speaking, has moved into the dark phase of separation and reached a state of acceptance. He realizes that there is no point trying to salvage a relationship that has run its course. He wishes there was, but they have failed to communicate in the past and it’s just a tad too late now. He has felt neglected (I never saw the light and you never called my name) and the affair is finally over. Yes, he tried, but she wanted more than he was capable of giving, perhaps because she was a little immature and made unreasonable emotional demands notwithstanding his commitment to her. Although he is disappointed with her, he realizes that she wasn’t unkind to him and, so, doesn’t apportion blame. There is no bitterness, just indifference. The worst he can say as he leaves her is that the whole affair was a just waste of time, but don’t think twice, its alright.

A Man, His Guitar, and his Harmonica | Reviewer: David Southerland | 7/22/09

And his pen, can't forget his pen.

Early Bob Dylan is super. And don't forget Bob's producer, his sound mixer, and anybody who brought sandwiches or drinks. I want to say this song is on the Freewheeling Bob Dylan.


Interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/09

Well, you can interpret this song in two ways: either he's okey and sort of indfferent to it where it's: "don't think twice, it's all right". He doesn't want the girl to think about it because it doesn't really matter, it's okey. Or he is heartbroken where it's: "don't think twice: it's all right". I't not okey, he is hurting and if the girl thinks that it's alright, it not and therefore she should not think it is a second time.


Great Song | Reviewer: JTHOMP | 4/22/09

Bob Dylan says everything perfectly in this song, it has really helped me through a pretty ugly break up. There are just so many great lines in this song you can't pass it up. "Goodbye's too good a word, babe so i'll just say fare thee well"'s priceless. Best part of the song is "you just kina wasted my precious time, but don't think twice, it's all right" That is easily the best two lines in the entire song and definently makes things easier to get over.

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