Shooting Star Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew
I always kind of wondered if you ever made it through
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you.

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me
If I was still the same
If I ever became what you wanted me to be
Did I miss the mark or overstep the line that only you could see
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me.

Listen to the engine listen to the bell
As the last fire truck from hell goes rolling by
All good people are praying
It's the last temptation the last account
The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount
The last radio is playing.

Seen a shooting star tonight slip away
Tomorrow will be another day
Guess it's too late to say the things to you that you needed to hear me say
Seen a shooting star tonight slip away.

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Shooting star | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/3/13

saw bob play in Utah the other night, A shooting star went across the sky that night, in the sky right over the stage I don't think bob saw it but he played this song as an oncore. so amazing! Seen a shooting star that night! :)

Light Imagery and Yeats | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/12

Like Yeat' 'When You Are Old' the speaker is musing on and old flame using light imagery to accent the emotions. Dylan's title compares with Yeats' personification about how "Lve fled/And hid his face among a crowd of stars." The setting of the latter is a quaint sitting room where the woman "bending down before the glowing bars" is ruing her rejection of the speaker much earlier in life. The speaker has not forgotten this rejection and transforms what should be a room full of tenderness and warmth by the fire into a lair of lonlieness.
Dylan's use of fire is more ominous as "the last firetruck from hell" speeds into eternity intensifying the burning sense of loss as ultimately Dylan mourns the woman whom he has let "slip away'.
Metaphor and light imagery at it's finest as Dylan captures the essence of love's radiance in the form of a shooting star flaming out at the end.
Incidentally, Dylan was in his second marriage during the OH Mercy period but can't help think Sara is still in his heartall these years later much as Maud Gonne always haunted yeats.

Metaphor | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/21/12

The 'shooting star' metphor used here is effective because it is evocative of the blazing albeit terminal relationship he speaks of in the song. The tone is rueful wistful("I thought of you","I thought of me") as the speaker reflects on a failed relationship that apparently failed when the woman' elevated standards were not met.
Shooting stars are rare and don't last long but their brilliance in crossing the sky is one of nature's many highlights. We awed at the radiance but disappointed in their brevity. Relationships are so much like shooting stars in this light. In the song the awe is trumped by the disappointment as the speaker reflects on the loss and disappointment
More to come.

Dylan's mortality | Reviewer: andy gross | 8/19/08

This song, along with "Things Have Changed" and "Not Dark Yet" ushered in Dylan's mortality period, which has produced some great work. Loss, regret, anger, confusion, romance all infuse the songs of this period culminating with the spectacular "Modern Times."
The language as become more stripped down. There are still the Biblical pronouncements, but they are more intimate now; ironic and shaped by time and the erosion of a life.
"Shooting Star" with its, "Listen to the engine, listen to the bell, as the last fire truck from hell goes rolling by... It's the last temptation, the last account the last time you might hear the sermon on the mount, the last radio is playing" signals an awareness of a personal rather than social epiphany of emotional attenuation, a kind of inner apocalypse.
Wherever he goes from here, I think this Dylan song is as much a harbinger of what was to come as either "Mr. Tambourine Man," or "Highway 61."

Bob Dylan is... how can you even finish that sentence? | Reviewer: theholyoyster | 11/6/07

Bob Dylan, man, he continues to inspire, I know of course these are lyrics that have been around for nearly twenty years now, but modern times is no less brilliant in it's way too... I don't play music, i write and just listen and all that. I'm reading his book right now though, don't know if I'll ever get a chance to meet him, but i know i'd like to. I'd ask him if he likes oysters or not. I'll bet he does too.

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