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Bob Dylan Sums Up What's Going on In Washington

Bob Dylan Idiot Wind "From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol"


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Michael Nystrom's picture

"I can't help it if I'm lucky..."

Classic Dylan.

Someone's got it in for me, they're planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they'd cut it out quick but when they will I can only guess
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me
I can't help it if I'm lucky.

Finally got a chance to listen. He is a truthteller if there ever was one.

Check out this one. It is a riot.


He's the man.

"Twas my first Dylan acquisition...

on vinyl [Live 1975] as a new release. I had Greatest Hits and Desire on 8-track already, but I hadn't yet gotten Blood on the Tracks, so this version of Idiot Wind was the one I first came to love and know. It's far more seething and ultimately more effective than the studio version.

There's a lone soldier on the cross
Smoke pouring out of a boxcar door
He didn't know it, he never thought it could be done
But in the final shot he won the war
After losing every battle

Having these words planted deep in my marrow set me quite naturally to a life of footsteps behind the likes of Ron Paul...

Michael Nystrom's picture


My first Dylan acquisition was Infidels. My sister gave it to me for Christmas in '81, I think. I think she got it from the Columbia Record Club - remember them! 12 records for a penny. Only buy 12 more at double regular prices!

I've never heard this version, and I'll take a good listen, but this song is definitely is an all time favorite.

It is one of his epic poems, that I would rank up with Desolation Row, The Ballad of Frankee Lee and Judas Priest, and Jokerman, which was on Infidels. I used to kill entire afternoons watching MTV after school, waiting for Jokerman to come on.

These days you can just dial it up on YouTube and watch it as many times as you want:


Thanks for the song & the post John.

He's the man.

and I would add....

I've not yet written the instruction...

in my will or on paper as such, but my close friends have known for years and now my children know to etch these words on my tombstone...

...and here I sit so patiently
waiting to find out what price
you have to pay to get out of
going through all these things

Michael Nystrom's picture

Oh definitely. Epic.

I knew I was leaving something off - probably more. Thank you. I'm going to listen to this right now.

He's the man.

admit it, you were just looking for an excuse to post a song...

This song killed me from the first time I heard it...and then I heard the slow/sad version from the Bootleg Series...
Just overwhelming!

Take a listen and weep:

On the album version, I love his delivery of the line, "Slowly into autumn..." and "Starrrrs!..."

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For what it's worth

For me, this song sums it up. Well, except the part about young people speaking their minds, such as re our liberties... or war? I'd say it can be explained by a deadly mix of a deteriorated public school system; a preoccupation with computer games, social media, and tv & videos - a country entertaining itself to death; and the fact that today's young adults likely don't even remember when, say, traveling by air within the states was not akin to traveling in East Germany. But I can think of a retired Congressman who did more than his fair share to educate them - many who *are* now awake: http://www.secretsofthefed.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Ro...

Well, anyway, For What It's Worth:


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Relevant today

Could be the the song for The Liberty Movement or Occupy Wall Street.

But I believe we are more angry 45 years later, so I propose this with Mr. De La Rocha at the mic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1GUfgKS58Y

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

Can you imagine

anyone writing a song like this today? It would be way more shocking than Miley Cyrus. Would people have the attention span?

Why did you post

this one?

I was pondering your question.

I can imagine Conor Oberst writing a song like that today. Perhaps it doesn't consistently come across in that particular song, but Oberst slides here and there into personal viciousness as Dylan did. Another comment above mention's RATM(Zach de la Rocha)who raged forth as such through the 90s. Dave Pirner further bridges the gap between today and yesterday as his entire persona in the 80s basically spewed forth an elaboration of Idiot Wind. "Every time you move your lips, let me give you a few tips!"...

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