Tomorrow is a Long Time Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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If today was not an endless  highway,
If tonight was not a crooked trail,
If tomorrow wasn't such a long time,
Lonesome would mean nothing to you at all.

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting,
If I could  hear her heart softly pounding,
Only if she was lyin' by me,
I would lie in my bed once again.

I can't see my reflection in the water,
I can't speak the sounds that show no pain,
I can't hear the echo of my footsteps;
I'll remember her, the sound of my own name.

Yes, and only if my own true love was waiting.
If I could hear her heart softly pounding,
Only if she was lying by me;                                                         
I would lie in my bed once again.

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There's beauty in that silver, singing river,
There's beauty in that rainbow  in the sky;
But none of these, and nothing else, can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love's eyes.

Yes and only if my own true love was waiting,
If I could  hear her heart softly pounding,
Only if she was lying by me;
 I would lie in my bed once again.






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Tomorrow is a Long Time | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 10/22/13

Today, I listened to "Tomorrow is a Long Time" sung by Bob Dylan. These original lyrics to this song, with the sound of his voice sung in such sincerity are beautiful just the way it is. There is not one thing I would want to change about them. Why not put those original lyrics on "Sing365" that are from the original version of this song that is now being sung by Bob Dylan on YouTubes (It could bring tears to your eyes!)
Some of the true meaning of the original song has been changed or camouflaged with the above new lyric changes. The music would need to have new notes and rhythm to match these changes.Therefore, the song would have to be re-recorded for the new lyrics. A song writer singing and playing his own songs usually does it better than anyone else. However, since a lot of time has gone by. Maybe his voice wouldn't'
sound like it did when this was first recorded. There's always been people who thought Bob Dylan could not sing. Yet, he's been more successful than most singers pleasing the public, and has lasted longer, too. Therefore, we're hoping this beautiful work of this great artist will be preserved without any changes. . An example of a "meaning change" is when the original first line was "If today was not an endless highway" was changed to "If today was not a crooked highway". "Endless" does not necessarily have to mean "crooked". Then, it was added, "If tonight I could finally stand tall" this interrupts the flow of the stanza, and is not necessary. It makes him look like he's a failure. Bob should sing this song standing tall, no matter what, 'cause he belongs to the Lord.
The meaning of from "you" (meaning his true love) was changed to "me". What the original version of this song meant by putting in "you" was that he was covering up her weakness of not wanting to wait so long, by focusing their "break up" on his circumstances being the cause of their breaking up. (*I Corinthians 13:4-13, I Peter 4:8 in action here) "If today was not an endless highway, If tonight was not a crooked trail, If tomorrow wasn't such a long time, Lonesome would mean nothing to you at all."
The music and tones of the emotions in his voice, and the pain he refers to in the third stanza signifies that she did not wait.
He misses her so much that he doesn't want to ly in his own bed without her. "Only if she was lyin' by me, I would ly in my bed once again." Then to express how he misses her more, he says, "I can't see my reflection in the water". ( In Corinthians 11:7 it says, The man is the image an glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man." A godly man draws from the Lord, love, joy, and peace and passes it down to his woman, and she gives it back to him. She's like his own reflection in the water. "Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh". Genesis 2:23) "I can't speak the sounds that show no pain". His heart is so broken that the pain of missing her is detected in the sound of his voice. Then he says in the original version, "I'lll remember her, the sound of my own name." Meaning she is so much his, he'll remember her like he remembers his own name. The new version says, "I can't remember the sound of my own name" we do not like the new version because it makes you wonder why? Is he drinking too much? or what?
"I can't hear the echo of my footsteps" may mean that he can't hear her following him, any more. He loves her so much, that he considers even her foot steps, his foot steps. This song is symbolic of a deep bonding between a man and woman.
"There's beauty in that silver, singing river. There's beauty in that rainbow in the sky.
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty, That I remember in my true love's eyes." Is simply beautiful and did not need to be changed to "There's beauty in the sunrise in the sky. But none of these and nothing else can match the beauty That I remember in my true love's eyes.
In the last stanza of the new version of lyrics we believe that the lyrics flowed better without this change because the word "only" is mentioned three times making it too repetitious. The original is fine in itself:
"Yes, and if my own true love was waiting,
If I could hear her heart softly pounding,
Only if she was lying by me,
I would lie in my bed once again."

Thank you, Bob Dylan, for this beautiful love song.





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