Tangled Up In Blue Lyrics - Bob Dylan



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Early one morning the sun was shining
I was laying in bed
Wond'ring if she'd changed it 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 standing on the side of the road
Rain falling on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I've paid some dues getting through
Tangled up in blue.

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 it up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best
She turned around to look at me
As I was walking away
I heard her say over my shoulder
"We'll meet again someday on the avenue"
Tangled up in blue.

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 axe just fell
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I happened to be employed
Working for a while on a fishing 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.

She was working in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer
I just kept looking at her 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, "Zimmy, don't I know your name?"
I muttered something 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.

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 burning coal
Pouring off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you
Tangled up in blue

I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the cafes 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I became withdrawn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 keeping on like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I'm going back again
I got to get her somehow
All the people we used to know
They're an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenter's wives
Don't know how it all got started
I don't what they're doing with their lives
But me I'm still on the road
Heading 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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Tangled Up with Blue | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 11/25/13

What's on my mind, today,
Is that "Tangled up in Blue"
Could mean more than a love affair untrue;
When the prodigal son ran
Away from his Father's home,
He found himself at the end
In a pen of pigs, alone.

So what did he think and do, then?
He remembered when
Life was nice and clean and beautiful...
And yearned to have it that way, again.
Ashamed because his inheritance he did spend,
He came home any way, even to just lend
A hand in his father's land.

His Father, like Father God, stood standing at the door,
Watching and praying for his son to come home,
As he did many times, before.
Then, it happened one fine day,
His son, came home who had run away.
Kill the fatted calf, let's celebrate!
My son who I thought was dead is alive, today!'

All the angels rejoice over one soul who will repent,
'Cause elder brother Jesus, redeemed us from the curse
So we could be in heaven where were meant.

Correction / review | Reviewer: Domingos Goncalves | 3/30/11

Marcos, you are mistaken. I will try to explain though I'm no English major. It is easier to think of Meet with two different meanings. I'll meet you at the store. Meet here is said like the food meat.

I meet you last week. Here it is said like how you spell Met, but it's spelling is still meet.

The difference is the tense, one is meeting someone in the future, the other is I meet someone in the past.

Back to the song itself. Bob is certainly an amazing poet. One where I can simply put the CD in and just let it play. In this song I believe it's about two star crossed lovers that fall into and out of love.

The repeating statement "Tangled up in blue" to me seems to represent how the act of loving someone comes with sadness when the two are not meant to be together..

verb tense: presente instead of past | Reviewer: marcos aragao | 1/30/11

Probably great/crazy Dylan is write, as you, and I am wrong. You wrote: "She was married when we first MEET.". By listening to the music, it not becomes clear to me if that is what great/crazy Dylan says. However, I think the correct period would be: "She was married when we first MET." I would really apreciate you correcting either the transcription of lyrics you have done or myself should I be mistaken.
Rgds, Marcos Aragao from Rio de Janeiro - Brazil



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