To Ramona Lyrics - Bob Dylan
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Ramona, come closer
Shut softly your watery eyes
The pangs of your sadness
Will pass as your senses will rise
The flowers of the city
Though breathlike, get deathlike SOME TIME
And there's no use in tryin'
To deal with the dyin'
Though I cannot explain that in lines.
Your cracked country lips
I still wish to kiss
As to be by the strength of your skin
Your magnetic movements
Still capture the minutes I'm in
But it grieves my heart, love
To see you tryin' to be a part of
A world that just don't exist
It's all just a dream, babe
A vacuum, a scheme, babe
That sucks you into feelin' like this.
I can see that your head
Has been twisted and fed
With worthless foam from the mouth
I can tell you are torn
Between stayin' and returnin'
Back to the South
You've been fooled into thinking
That the finishin' end is at hand
Yet there's no one to beat you
No one to defeat you
'Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad
I've heard you say many times
That you're better THAN no one
And no one is better THAN you
If you really believe that
You know you have
Nothing to win and nothing to lose
From fixtures and forces and friends
Your sorrow does stem
That hype you and type you
AN' Making you feel
That you gotta be just like them.
I'd forever talk to you
But soon my words
Would turn into a meaningless ring
For deep in my heart
I know there'S no help I can bring
Just do what you think you should do
And someday, maybe
Who knows, baby
I'll come and be cryin' to you.
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To Ramona | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 3/27/13
"To Ramona" is a simply sincere sweet love song that sets the mood of a kind of compassion with empathy that is rarely found in a situation like this. This man who loves Ramona is grieving over her heartache concerning the break-up of her x-boyfriend with her. What a jewel he must be to not let jealousy come in. And yet, her emotions are blinding her from doing anything much but crying so hard her eyes are wet with tears, and foam may be coming from her mouth....she.s even having thoughts about returning to the south..
'Ramona, come closer, shut softly your watery eyes, the pangs of your sadness will pass as your senses arise.' This description may mean that she tried to commit suicide,
it is so traumatic to her, he feels that she needs some help in coming to. The following phrase also implies she may have had a brush with death....'The flowers of the city
though breathlike, get deathlike sometime'...he may be referring to her as a flower of the city who has an appearance of dying. The city represents commotion, noise, a feeling of being lost in the crowd, etc. (in this next phrase he may be expressing what he is feeling when he finds her not willing to live, but still crying) "There's no use in tryin' to deal with the dyin'. Though I cannot explain that in lines".
He confirms his love for her by saying or thinking, 'Your cracked country lips, I still wish to kiss' (her lips may have become dry and cracked during the dying process)
'as to be by the strength of your skin' means he desires to be with her. His way of saying, please don't go..."you're magnetic movements still capture the minutes I'm in."
He wants her to know that he needs her.
Now, he expresses his grief when he says, "But it grieves my heart, love, to see you
tryin' to be a part of a world that just doesn't exist...It's all just a dream, babe....a
vacumous scheme,babe, that sucks you into feelin' like this." He's trying to rationalize
with the emotions of her broken heart, hoping it'll awaken her will to live. "I can see that your head has been twisted and fed with worthless foam from the mouth." This could mean that her x-lover had gone into a jealous rage that caused the break-up, or that she had foam from her mouth from all the crying she's doing, 'You've been fooled into
thinking that the finishin' end is at hand....Yet,there is no one to beat you; no one to defeat you, except the thoughts of yourself feeling bad'. "The finishin' end is at hand"
may be referring to her thinking there is no hope for her to ever be happy again without
her first love who wasn't there, any more. How sad, when this man loves her in the present so very much.
At the end of this song, I'd love to hear him sing:
"Ramona, come closer, shut softly, your watery eyes";
Let me kiss away your sadness,for new hope to arise.
Ramona, I love you, please don't say, Good-bye. (meaning don't give up and die)
Some day, maybe, who knows baby....I'll come and be cryin' to you.
And If this was a movie scene it would be nice to see herget up and come into his arms lovingly, instead of dying at twenty three.
There is was a young woman, nick named "Ramona" that Glory Cloud used to know.
She died to herself to live in Christ Jesus, a long time ago. But before that happened
one cold dark night just before midnight after her first love and her had a fight ('cause
when he told her he was bisexual and wanted to have her and his gay partner, too,
She looked for someone else, and they broke each other's heart). The emptiness and
pain she began to feel 'caused her to give up her will. As she looked at the cold water
from the lake by the peer, she thought death looked warmer to her than her cold lover's
heart. But as she sunk beneath the water without a soul in sight, she remembered what he said when she told him she wanted to die. He said,"What if there is a God" ? And that thought saved her life, she leaned back on the water and swam back to the pier. She called upon the Lord, and the Lord came near. She had nothing to give Jesus but a broken heart and he healed it like no man could do. Oh, Jesus! We love You.
Now, if any one out there is feeling lonely, sad and blue. Call upon Jesus' name with all of your heart and He'll heal your hurts, too, Jesus loves you so much, He would have
died on that cross just for you. May God bless you.
South in 65 | Reviewer: Arjun.L.Sen | 9/15/12
Janie, I agree with the other guy, that's one amazing story. I was born in India in '56 and was only a kid in '65, obviously, but even so far away over there I could feel the times. In '65 teenagers around me were listening to Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez. Life Magazine carried pictures from the Vietnam War. Pictures and stories from the US Civil Rights marches and movement were making the newspapers even in India. The Times They were a Changin.' There was a tremendous urgency in the air and it was a bittersweet time to be young and intensely alive and to will the world to turn against the tide and set all men free. Few people today can have any idea of what frail youngsters were achieving when the simply broke through massive taboos with the innocence of youth. Even though you lost from that time, yet you won because it's people like you who made it change just by being the way you were. That whole generation, by saying 'no' to so many of the old ways, by trying and failing, yet made so many things turn. I hope you never think, though it was a time of loss for you, that it was in vain.
suicide theme | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/21/11
The melody of "to ramona" is remarkably similar to a 1936 song by Rex Griffin entitled "the last letter". "The last letter" is a song about a suicide note. Actually, "To Ramona" also has a suicide theme. However, Dylan tries to talk the girl out of commiting suicide.
A Norteno Classic | Reviewer: misterlucky | 6/13/11
Rashid... How perceptive! A great Norteno ballad indeed. In fact it was covered by , I dont know the group as I only heard it on WFUV a New York College radio station years back , but the announcer said it artists were -Doug Sahm of the Sir Douglas Quintet(Mendecino) Sam from Sam the Sham & the Pharos and an accordian virtuoso "Flaco" Jimenes. It was the perfect cover and really did justice to the words and melody... Worth the search
The greatest Norteno ballad ever! | Reviewer: Rashid | 5/3/11
The album, "Another Side of Bob Dylan" came out in the fall of 1964. This was the album with "All I really Want to Do", "It Ain't Me, Babe", "My Back Pages", "Chimes of Freedom", "Ballad in Plain D", and more.
"To Ramona" was the only cut on the album with instrumental backup.
From the first time I listened to "To Ramona" - in the studio of the college radio station where I was working (WIIT - Chicago), I heard it in my head with a mariachi horn section. I don't know if anyone has ever covered it that way. It's still the greatest "Norteno" ballad I've ever heard.
In 1964 Chicago there was no way a young Irish kid was going to be able to ever have a relationship with a black girl, even if we were achingly compatible. I pray that life has treated you well, Betty. I still think of you every time I hear this song.
Hell yeah! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/11
Janie, that's a hell of a story! Thank you for sharing it. It speaks of a very different time, and it's amazing how this song makes sense even today, to me, a young man from India. I guess there's a little Ramona in all of us! Dylan's mastered the art of bringing out universal truths with stunning simplicity. One listener can relate to it just as easily as the next, and that is an amazing achievement for a songwriter.
He was so right | Reviewer: Janie | 3/9/11
I went to the south in 65, at the age of 18, to register voters. I fell in love (yes, really) with a young leader in Martin Luther King's SCLC. I was alot younger, emotionally, than he was and HE knew there was no future for us in that South in that time as a mixed couple and he was not about to leave the civil rights battlefield. He cut me loose and I fled back north and went to my friend's house and cried inconsolably. She played this song to me in response. It cut like a knife then - I denied my Ramonaness..yet every lyric in it I needed to hear. But my story was unlike every other person who ever had this song to played to them or sang or played it to or about someone else. Every Ramona and every Ramona's friend had a different story BUT with Dylan the personal was political was universal ....He spoke our minds and he spoke our hearts and he spoke what we needed to hear back...for that I will always praise him.
To Ramona | Reviewer: stephendpruitt | 2/28/10
In his brilliance, Dylan sums up the very nature of existence again and again - in such richness and diversity it is staggering. For example, this single phrase from "To Ramona" -
"But there's no one to beat you, no one to defeat you, but the thoughts of yourself feeling bad"
How did Dylan know that feeling badly about oneself was the only thing that could separate us from our incredible power to create reality in our own image - our true image of appreciative consciousness?
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