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To Ron Paul Supporters

The song presented herein is titled To Ramona by Bob Dylan. After thinking deeply about the title at around 4:20 one afternoon, I came to the conclusion that it is an anagram for "To a man or ..." (a woman, being the obvious implication),' i.e. to the human race. The lyrics address the human condition so presciently, and on this fine Friday, I direct their attention to Ron Paul supporters everywhere.

Since the original by Dylan is unavailable on YouTube, here is the best cover available - and it is even better, in its own way - by Sinéad Lohan. Lyrics below the break, and well worth pondering, especially on a Friday, late afternoon...

http://youtu.be/8nHwILs8bdo

Ramona
Come closer
Shut softly your watery eyes
The pangs of your sadness
Shall pass as your senses will rise

The flowers of the city
Though breathlike
Get deathlike at times
And there’s no use in tryin’
T’ deal with the dyin’
Though I cannot explain that in lines

Your cracked country lips
I still wish to kiss
As to be by 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
By worthless foam from the mouth
I can tell you are torn
Between stayin’ and returnin’
On 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 t’ defeat you
’Cept the thoughts of yourself feeling bad

I’ve heard you say many times
That you’re better ’n no one
And no one is better ’n you
If you really believe that
You know you got
Nothing to win and nothing to lose!

From fixtures and forces and friends
Your sorrow does stem
That hype you and type you
Making you feel
That you gotta be just like them

I’d forever talk to you
But soon my words
They would turn into a meaningless ring
For deep in my heart
I know there is no help I can bring

Everything passes
Everything changes
Just do what you think you should do
And someday maybe
Who knows, baby
I’ll come and be cryin’ to you

Copyright © 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1992 by Special Rider Music




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Put the bong down.

Put the bong down.

"In reality, the Constitution itself is incapable of achieving what we would like in limiting government power, no matter how well written."

~ Ron Paul, End the Fed

Michael Nystrom's picture

Later. Maybe you should try it some time

And lighten up, lol.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Here's the Dylan version on YT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el8mQwfT4Xs&

"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." Groucho Marx

henry9's picture

I'm sticking with this one- as others have referred to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8DdLpLhCag

"Iv'e heard ten thousand whispering and nobody listening"

Michael Nystrom's picture

Interesting

I've seen Dylan in concert a handful of times, and what is always impressive (but also sometimes annoying) is that he never sings the same song the same way twice. It is like he is constantly reinventing the song, every time he does it.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

You know Tom Petty & the HB backed up Dylan for two years

on the road? I'm guessing since you're a huge Dylan fan you already know that and maybe saw TP with BD many, many moons ago? 86-87 I think. I've always loved Tom Petty as my favorite so naturally I enjoyed the pairing of TP and BD. "Hi I'm Bob Dylan and nothing can penetrate this stuffy nose" could also be said by TP for sure...what a duo.

Anyhow, what you're saying in your comment above is exactly what TP says about his time on the road with BD in Peter Bogdonavich's Running Down a Dream (the Tom Petty documentary). TP says that you really had to be on your toes and had to pay attention to BD in concert because you never knew what he was going to do next and was a total moment by moment maestro. TP claims it was refreshing and actually one of the more fun times he's had in his life.

Of course I'm sure you know about the Traveling Wilburys? Did you like them? Loves me some Tweeter and the Monkey Man
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Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Well...

Reinventing the song = can't remember the damn lyrics. lol
You've been hanging around too many politicians Michael!

After watching him through

After watching him through the years like that, it reminded me why I departed from listening to him. I don't want to say too much for the sake of the fans here, but I will just say that we went spiritually in two different directions . . . the 60 minute interview that he admitted that he sold his soul to Satan would sum it up nicely.

I still like listening to the younger Dylan and I find it a good fit for the Ron Paul revolution.

Cruel War...

couldn't resist..another favorite of mine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvFq6VvFxjo

Lyrics:

The Cruel War is raging, Johnny has to fight
I want to be with him from morning to night.
I want to be with him, it grieves my heart so,
Won't you let me go with you?
No, my love, no.
Tomorrow is Sunday, Monday is the day
that your Captain will call you and you must obey.
Your captain will call you it grieves my heart so,
Won't you let me go with you?
No, my love, no.
I'll tie back my hair, men's clothing I'll put on,
I'll pass as your comrade, as we march along.
I'll pass as your comrade, no one will ever know.
Won't you let me go with you?
No, my love, no.
Oh Johnny, oh Johnny, I fear you are unkind
I love you far better than all of mankind.
I love you far better than words can e're express
Won't you let me go with you?
Yes, my love, yes.
Yes, My Love, Yes.

I agree with M_Oliver below.

I agree with M_Oliver below. I listened to the Dylan version afterwards and what a difference in the message delivered. It is clear which one sounds better, but that isn't the totallity of what music is about.

My wife wanted to punch Dylan after hearing his version, but she was comforted by the one posted. I had a good laugh with that, but it shows if you want to know what is really being said, then listen to the Dylan version.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Here's the Dylan version

http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/To+Ramona/eLbSE?src=5

It is so interesting what people hear in songs. Unfortunately, I don't know what you & your wife are hearing in the Dylan version that is different from this one.

I remember sitting around with some friends listening to Norwegian Wood (again in the late afternoon), and at the end, when John Lennon sings,

"So, I lit a fire / Isn't it good? / Norwegian wood"

This one dude bursts out, 'Oh my god, he burned her house down!" And some other dude goes, "I know! No one gets that!" Ever since, I've tried to listen for that, for how they got that, but I still never have.

Anyway, what makes your wife want to punch Dylan? That is so funny that she doesn't like his version, but she likes this one.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

The Norwegian wood comment is

The Norwegian wood comment is funny. Never saw it that way either.

It is not so much that she

It is not so much that she didn't like the Dylan version, it was because of what his voice was "saying". I think I was hearing the same thing as my wife, but my wife reacts to the truth quite negative to the truth sometimes.

I don't know what word to use to convey how I see Dylan delivering the message . . . maybe cynical / cutting? Maybe if you already know the song well, you don't notice it as much, but the comparison of the two versions together seemed to really make it stand out.

I used the the comparison below that the difference between the two is like being carassed by velvet vs knives. BTW. I love the Dylan version.

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Ok thanks.

I used the the comparison below that the difference between the two is like being carassed by velvet vs knives.

I can see that. But speaking of knives, the sharpest ones ever are in Positively 4th Street. Talk about brutal. I don't think there is any way those could be softened.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Oh yaaaa . . . brings back

Oh yaaaa . . . brings back memories of another life. Not all good, but it's the challenges that make us stronger. :)

Awesome.

Her voice comes from Heaven. I love vocals like this :).

You said it!

From heaven!!

I also noticed the 420 reference

Nothing wrong with that reference. Anybody that knows the "code" doesn't care either. Cannabis opened my mind to the ideas of freedom and liberty. Considering the fact that the Revolution is about more than just Dr. Paul, its about opening peoples minds and allowing for the free flow of ideas. I dont want to get into the MJ debate, just that 420 is a pretty mild drug reference and anybody that actually gets offended is quite ignorant. Legalize freedom.

Love, Liberty, and Truth

I had no clue...

guess I am out of it. Been over 30 years since drugs of any kind in my life, but if you believe in liberty, then you believe in the old hippie saying, "do your own thing as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else."

My Favorites...

Not Dylan but they surely do capture the essence of the state of things today, though they're not very well known.

Give them a chance, they're friggin awesome if you listen to the lyrics... especially if you like folk/bluegrass!. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-AXat2J-tQ&list=FLR5h3z61Qzu...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-0uj906aWM&list=FLR5h3z61Qzu...

Good stuff!

What else you got?

Gotte Serve Somebody

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock ’n’ roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a businessman or some high-degree thief
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk
You may be the head of some big TV network
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame
You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/gotta-serve-somebody

Right now, I'm serving Ron Paul rEVOLution in the GOP. Ron Paul is MY political leader and who I'm PROUD to SERVE, and only Jesus, My LORD and SAVIOR, WHO IS THE HIGHEST can sway me to serve in another direction, with or witrhout Ron Paul.

Wow, I still love Dylan after all these years...

bought my first Dylan album in 1963. Nobody EVER wrote better anti-war songs.

P.S. I'm Jewish and I too am proud to serve RP and my Higher Power. Beautiful sentiments, Granger.

Thank you belle

My very best friend is Jewish. I have attended many Jewish services in many temples/synagogs, including Orthodox, where I held the Torah. I learned to read and write a little Hebrew, and speak a little Yiddish, and since I enjoyed Sedar and Hannukka, I wound up making the dinners, either brisket or roasted lamb, charoset, kugle, blintzes, latkes and a mean chicken pot that includes the feet, with kreplach and wonderful fat and fluffy matza balls, and oh yeah, speaking of Matza, I make a wonderful orange matza chiffon cake and mandlebrot too.

My friends parents thought I would like to be Jewish/Reform because I love so mach about the religion. I would go to services with them and without my friend. But, I was baptized Catholic, and though I was not raised Cathlic, something told me I had a calling there.

I was confirmed and took first communion last year. What I foud rather odd, is how many Catholics claim to be Jews. And what's interesting is how many Catholic were Jews. My friend is converting to Catholic now. We have a big difference now too. I want to go to Israel. He doesn't. Many people in his family have gone and lived and served and returned with horror stories. But I would like to walk that new trail that opened, a pilgramage trail AKA The Gospel Trail. And I would like to eat there and see Mt Sinai and all those places in the Torah and Bible.

Another thing I think is interesting is I've heard that Christians blame Jews for Jesus' death, and I find that is not true in the Catholic Church today, which has it's own problems, like the entire human race.

I hope one year to make a Sedar dinner for my Parrish. Some oppose saying, "They are not believers and it would be sacrireligious. But I don't agree. I Thank Jesus for saying ALL people are chosen, but the ones who are saved, go through him, because God is too great for us, beyond our ability to reason.

Again, I think you for the kind words, and opportunity to water my thoughts with great food, while I am fasting for Lent. LOL

Peace be with you. AKA Shalom

Love Dylan, Love this Song

But applying it to Ron Paul is a bit of a stretch. Can't we have better filters for posts here on DP?I mean its not even one of Dylan's political songs...

You do realize

This poster is THE DailyPaul himself, Michael Nystrom. He can post what he wants and I don't really see Ron Paul in the song either. But, nice song.

Healthnut4freedom

The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

I don't think he was saying

I don't think he was saying it had anything to do with Ron Paul. It is pointing out certain aspects of the human condition.

If you listen to the Dylan version, it will be much clearer. The difference is like being caressed by velvet vs knives . . . my wife wanted to pumch Dylan after listening to his version.

The version posted is great to listen to, but it doesn't say the same thing. It is more in line with the Greek Sirens entising the sailors to their destruction. :)

Michael Nystrom's picture

That is interesting

So, what is this doing here on the front page of the Daily Paul?

I was on another thread somewhere last night, talking about something. Forget exactly what or where now, but people were trying to tell people what to do. I just hate it when that happens, and it reminded me of the coda that I had with my friends in my early 20's, which was: "Everyone should do what they want to do." (In response to when people were trying to get you to do something you didn't want to). We were libertarians without knowing it.

Anyway, that phrase got me thinking of one of the final verses in the song: "Everything passes, everything changes, just do what you think you should do..."

It is a powerful line, and I got to listening to the whole song, which I hadn't listened to in a while. And the lyrics blew me away again. I think they're relevant to what we're going through now as a movement, especially the whole second half of the song. I couldn't find a Dylan version on YouTube, and this was the best cover.

That is all. Over and out.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Yes, fond of ol Bobby boy

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