Mr. Tambourine Man Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand
Vanished from my hand
Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping
My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet
I have no one to meet
And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship
My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wanderin'
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way
I promise to go under it.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Though you might hear laughin', spinnin' swingin' madly across the sun
It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
And but for the sky there are no fences facin'
And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme
To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind
I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're
Seein' that he's chasing.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

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Mr. Tambourine Man | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 3/19/13

Another master piece! Bob Dylan's gift for songwriting and poetry comes to the surfac
in a very beautiful way of descriptive verses in this song like "jingle jangle morning" which implies expectations for new hope for this new day of sunshine.
"Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand vanished from my hand"
speaks of a loss, "left me blindly here to stand, but still not sleeping." It is so great of a loss that even though darkness has come he's still not sleeping. This may imply that
it is so serious of a loss that he may not have been able to sleep the night before,also.
I agree with the general opinion that a song could have pieces with double meanings and like Bob Dylan said in one of his early interviews with a smile, "It means what ever you think it means to you." When I was younger the "evenin's empire has returned to sand vanished in my hand" would have meant the party's over. Back then, I felt lonely,
even after my own party, when my friends all went home. (However, now, I have Jesus'
Holy Spirit in my spirit which once was dead. Some people call it a type of "transfiguration", Glory Cloud Revelation calls it being born again according to John Chapter 3,Verses 1-6. Therefore, if I feel lonely, or something is troubling me, I call out His name, and the Holy Spirit in a little while manifests and comforts me. Before you know it, I'm sleeping like a baby without a care. I don't need drugs or alcohol, He answers me every time I call. I get high with the Most High - Jesus. and you could too, if you'll ask him in and give what's left of your life to Him.)
"The ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming". May be a prophetic acknowledgement that the old life in the street has no hope for dreams to come true.
"Hey, Mr. Tambourine man, play a song for me I'm not sleepy, and there is no place I'm going the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you"...I love this Mark Twain southern writing style that Bob Dylan has similarities to when he uses words like
"followin' " instead of "following". etc. This verse sets the mood that a lot of us feel like doing when things don't go the way we'd like them to be. (Just leave it behind, and try
to find another place for peace of mind). Little did we realize, then, that what Jesus said is true..."The Kingdom of Heaven is with you". That happens only when we repent of sin and ask Him to come in. He loves each one of His own so much He would have died just for you. When someone believes that, it's easy to love God with all of our heart. You could search your whole life through never to find peace of mind without "A Closer Walk with Thee")
"Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship" "I'm ready to go anywhere"
could be he was watching the beauty o the sunset as the colors looked like magical swirls in the sky, or that He was searching for the Most High and willing to surrender.
It seems like a total heart cry for something better than where he was.
"Though you might hear laughin' spinnin' swingin' madly across the sun,"
Exuberant joyfulness is what he is hoping for. These verses reminds me of the song of
"The Elusive Butterfly") "It's not aimed at any one, it's just escapin' on the run,
And but for the sky there are no fences face'n!" This may be a little sarcasm for people who misunderstand and try to ruin your fun. Maybe, he feels so attacked that he says
the only place to get away from it is in the sky that has no fences. Fly away in an
'And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme
to your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind;
I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're seein' that he's chase'n."
Since this song was written early in Bob Dylan's career these verses may symbolize him and his need to work with somebody like Woody Gutherie while he was writing triple rhyme schemes and developing his career.
"take me disapearin' through the smoke rings of my mind" Another expression of the need artists, song writers and poets (those who tap into the creative flow) have for getting away from crowds, and commotion that boggles their mind, and stops the flow.
Emily Dickenson was called a "recluse" because she seldom went out of her house.
And her poems are still being studied in the schools, today! "Down the foggy ruins of time" senseless things that happened to ruin something. "Far past the frozen trees"
could mean the coldness of someone who used to be bearing the fruit of a good relationship with you, Did you ever lose somebody you loved? It hurts so bad you feel like you just have to get away, trying to forget..."Out to the windy beaches" the wind symbolizes not being held back, in this case it probably means, not being held back with sorrow and pain..."Far away from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow".
This is the part I love the most, being an optimist..."Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky (to be so happy again, that the stars look like diamonds) "with one hand
waving free! Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands with memory and fate
driven deep beneath the waves...let me forget about today, until tomorrow." is a beautiful poetic metaphor expressing the desire to be free from the thoughts that are getting him down, even if it is just temporarily.
Have you ever felt like that? I know I have. Thank you, Bob Dylan, for this beautiful poetic song, "Mr Tambourine Man". Every day could be a new beginning for us if we'll activate 1 John l:9 and when Jesus forgives He forgets what there was to forgive.
It's like it never happened. He will wipe away all of our tears, and sorrow and pain will be no more. Revelation 21:4. May God bless you. We love you.

Hmm, where is your sense of History? | Reviewer: Attap | 2/11/13

A tambourine is a thing that people bash - it has no poetry, music, rhyme. As a 'leader' to 'follow' it has no meaning other than success - or promise of success.
Historically, 50's 60's musicians show their contempt for the money 'gods' by referring them to them as tambourines - people who can hit the right notes all the time - as a tamb has no note but can act has A MONEY COLLECTING machine. Tambourines are variously described but Mr Dylan does it particularly well. After all, he is an artist.

Iacob's review | Reviewer: Jacob | 5/29/12

Some of the greatest lyrics surely ever written, i challenge any body to find any better, and if you do please email me-
he has a great voice, and it may be simple guitar, but it's great

the REAL--- " MISTER TAMBERINE MAN " | Reviewer: DENi | 4/23/12

until you can strum three cords and hum along this song, or learn the lyrics and sing it by heart-- from the heart-- ( SOLO ) start to finish or a combination of the two or in some fashion of your own --PERFOM-- this song, there by making it "YOUR OWN"....then i can't believe anyone can honestly and/or inteligently speak of or to this MASTERPIECE!!!!!

Inspired | Reviewer: Colin | 4/17/11

If you want to know the style he wrote this in it is in line with the french symbolist Charles Bouledaire. A theme of synasthesia (loosing, combining, or blending of senses) Since a lot of you were far off.

The Song is a Prayer to the Ultimate Musician | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/16/11

The song is not about is about a prayer of a man who knows that everything around him is going back to dust...the man is asking the Band Leader to play the last song for give him the chance to ride His Magic Swirling Ship (FIERY CHARIOTS OF GOD) Michael Smith singing Im' ready to fly...Swing down low sweet chariot...whenever I am in some desolate place this song filters through my I ponder the temporariness of mortal man life here on earth...and I sang with Dylan to God singing
Hey Mr. Tambourine Man paly this last song for me...I'm not sleepy..and there is no place I'm going too...let me ride upon your ...ship...

Who was Mr. Tambourine Man | Reviewer: Steve | 3/4/11

Mr. Tambourine Man was an actual person, whose name escapes me, that was recording a tambourine track on a song. Dylan was in the studio at the end of a very late night recording session watching him and that is what inspired the song. He has said so and it is printed on one of his box sets. Mr. Tambourine Man is a metaphor for music in general and its effect on him. Read the lyics carefully and you will understand.

my title (yours?) | Reviewer: dylanfan108 | 12/26/10

I love the poetry of this song. If you were to impose a template upon this song (such as that it were about a drug dealer) you would impoverish the song of it's many free-thousandfold-meanings, that is kind of the point of the original composition as I see it. The point is: even if you only contact circus clowns (or drug dealers) you can still catch a meaningful movement from the lyrics of this song. Enjoy!

thoughts. | Reviewer: matthew | 12/3/10

for me this song is a plea to escape the unimaginative rationality of my own mind. the tambourine man is just a figure that symbolizes the creative, the child-like, the escape, the fanciful, the novel, the beautiful --- whatever can lead us away from the mundane drudgery of common existence into a more visceral, more poetic internal life. we get so tired, so beaten down by the "real world" that would make us its tools, its objects, and this song for me is that picture --- my weariness amazes me, i'm branded on my feet. but cast your dancing spell my way ---i promise to go under it. i will somehow forget about all the harsh negativity that constantly haunts our day-to-day existences. i will abandon the memories that chain me to false ideas of who i "really am". i won't worry about notions of fate, about what i'm afraid may happen in the future.

Wonderful | Reviewer: Pratap | 11/1/10

This song/poem is just wonderful....Dont know what he wanted exactly it means OR what Bob wanted it to mean...but it really makes my mind fly in the emptiness..and wonder why is this song so other song makes me feel this way like the way Bob Dylan's songs make me feel...

There is no doubt this man is a genius...the beauty of this song is that each people hav a different perception of this song according to his/her understanding...this song is more about the cosmic feelings than the lyrics...though the lyrics hav fully justified the feeling that Bob had at the time of writing this song...We can only imagine how rich and varied is Bob's mind....

He is not just a mere musician and singer ..he is a philospher without any philosophy...a missonary without any mission..

Hats Off to this great soul...

Mr. Tambourine Man | Reviewer: Eva Meadows-Taylor | 8/27/10

"I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in your dream." You guys remember? I'd like to say there's no sense in guessing the "real" meaning of this wonderful song because it comes from Dylan's own imagination. It's possible there are hundreds of meanings and it's quite possible there's no one. Still it's a masterpiece. Enjoy listening.

Last verse | Reviewer: Zack | 7/19/10

The man is a genius.

First have a look at the actual rhymes. The last verse consists of two groups of four lines each. The last word of each group rhymes, sorrow & tomorrow.
Now notice how he has inserted additional midpoint semi-rhymes, such as 'mind' and 'time' all the way through to 'free' and 'sea'.
Then he suddenly stops, leaving us listening for the next rhyme with every new pause in the song, finally being rewarded with the completion of the main rhyme linking the two groups.

What I like most though is his story telling. He carries us through the symbolic representation of his feelings, through a cold dark confusing forrest to the wide open beach where he can be himself and not worry about whatever problems he might have.

Good song-bad reviews | Reviewer: Rebekah | 5/4/10

Why does every song have to have one certain meaning? Maybe it WAS about drugs, or maybe he just sat down one day and started writing about something that popped into his head....we'll never know. Please stop turning every damn thing into a debate about whether or not its about drugs, or sex, or an ex-girlfriend!

to lauredo | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/7/10

there you stupid bitch! if the song is about gear(heroin) then the tambourine man is the dealer but wen he says play a song for me he means give him a fix so just go listen to anuder song nd leave this one alone


Impressions | Reviewer: Marius van Blerck | 9/19/09

Impressionism is best known in the visual arts, but Bob Dylan is the master of spoken (or sung) impressionism In many of his lyrics he puts together seemingly-random imagery, and forges an impression in the mind of the listener or reader. This impression will invariably differ from person to person - that's the beauty of Dylan - whatever your perspective, he can have a special meaning for you. It's a mistake to try pin these meanings down. Rather enjoy them in your own mind.

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