Great cover of Bob Dylan’s pro-Israel song, “Neighborhood Bully.”

The band is called "Daniel Israel and Blood on the Tracks." The lyrics to the song follow: Neighborhood Bully (music and lyrics by Bob Dylan)Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place to run He’s the neighborhood bullyThe neighborhood bully just lives to survive He’s criticized and condemned for being alive He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to … [Read more...]

Stephen H. Webb: In Defense of Dylan’s Voice

Over at First Things, my friend, Steve Webb, offers an apologetic for Bob Dylan's voice. Before you go there, you may want to listen to Zimmy, from a concert in Akron in April:  … [Read more...]

The Rights of Error and the Death of Tolerance

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That's the title of my latest installment over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew “You can’t open your mind, boys To every conceivable point of view” – Bob  Dylan, “High Water (For Charley Patton),” 2001Many years ago I was a guest on a national radio show to discuss one of my books. I forget which one, but I vividly remember an encounter I had with a listener who called the program. He was clearly upset that I wa … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan, still misunderstood by American liberals

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So says Matthew Schmitz at First Things: Two days ago, Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And once again we saw the tendency of American liberals to misunderstand a man who has refused to be enlisted in their causes.President Obama remarked that “No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a movement, thinking: ‘You know what? If I keep this up, in 2012 I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama. That wasn’t in the plan. But tha … [Read more...]

My top 20 Bob Dylan songs. Today: 4 through 1 – (Dylan turns 70)

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and today, May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments: 20 through 17 (May 20), 16 through 13 (May 21), 12 through 9 (May 22) and 8 through 5 (May 23)By limiting myself to only 20 Dylan songs, I have, of course, left off many classics including "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Just Like a Woman," "The Lonesome Death of Poor Hattie Carroll," "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Masters of War," "Love … [Read more...]

My top 20 Bob Dylan songs. Today: 8 through 5 – (Dylan turns 70)

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments:20-17 (May 20), 16-13 (May 21), and 12-9 (May 22). For today, May 23, I present 8 through 58. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (1965) 7. Precious Angel (1979) 6. Idiot Wind (1975) 5. Visions of Johanna (1966)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 12 through 9

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I am posting my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Here are the previous installments: 20-17 (May 20) and 16-13 (May 21). For today, May 22, I present 12 through 9:12. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1963) 11. Tangled Up in Blue (1974) 10. Desolation Row (1965) 9. Blowin’ in the Wind (1963)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 16-13

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Between May 20 and May 24, I will post my top 20 songs composed by Dylan. Yesterday, I posted 20-17. Today, it's 16-13:16. Jokerman (1983) 15. Pressing On (1980) 14. Chimes of Freedom (1964) 13. Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan at 70- My top 20 Dylan songs. Today: 20-17

On May 24, 2011, Bob Dylan turns 70. Over the next 5 days, I will post my top 20 songs composed by Dylan, starting today with 20, 19, 18, and 17:20. Every Grain of Sand (1981) 19. It Aint Me, Babe (1964) 18. Gates of Eden (1965) 17. Mississippi (2001)What follows is a video of each as well as lyrics.... … [Read more...]

And that the ladder of the law has no top and no bottom: Bob Dylan’s lyrics find their way into many judicial opinions

(HT: Bill Glennen)From the LA Times: On summer nights in the mid-1960s, while black-and-white television crackled elsewhere in his Staten Island home with news of Southern violence and Vietnam, Bobby Lasnik would stretch out in his bedroom to let the righteous soundtrack of the civil rights movement waft into his impressionable teenage soul.Tuned in to WBAI-FM, coming across the water from Manhattan, he heard baleful laments about injustice that he would carry with him for a … [Read more...]


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