What is my back pages about
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Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages”. He was so much older then.
The implication is that he started writing and let the song itself direct where matters were going. In this comment Dylan notes the two opposing routes between which all creative artists make a choice — plotting and planning the work in whatever form it is before one starts, or letting it happen. I would never in a lifetimes suggest that I am a creative artist of singular note, but I can give the briefest explanation of this from my own experience as a novelist. I knew more or less what happened that year, but during the nine months it took to write the book I discovered a lot more and those discoveries forced me to twist the actions of the characters quite a bit. And I gave the journalist and the fictional characters he met lives — during those nine months they became real people. The resultant book was not the novel I imagined when I started.
Discussion in ' Music Corner ' started by Jerryb , Jan 5, Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: New Jersey. This was always one of my favorite Dylan lyrics.
Now that I am about to enter a new phase of my life, I look for a song to ease the passage into retirement. Rather morbidly I thought Tombstone Blues might be appropriate. One year later he would write Like a rolling stone. The hardest or least accessible song on this album is My back pages. Most Dylan songs make sense to me in a poetic way, even though they may be enigmatic and hard to follow, but this one is almost beyond grasp. The refrain is almost a gimmick, a brilliant thought: I was so much older then, I am younger than that now. He was much older then than the rest of his contemporaries.
What does My Back Pages mean?
Lyrics submitted by roger wilco , edited by wbnyc. Log in now to tell us what you think this song means. - I believe he is making a statement about wisdom. That true wisdom comes from an understanding of the things we know as fact and embracing them in the way a younger person would.
It is stylistically similar to his earlier folk protest songs and features Dylan's voice with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. Although Dylan wrote the song in , he did not perform it live until The Byrds' version, initially released on their album Younger Than Yesterday , was also issued as a single in and proved to be the band's last Top 40 hit in the U. In the song's lyrics, Dylan criticizes himself for having been certain that he knew everything and apologizes for his previous political preaching, noting that he has become his own enemy "in the instant that I preach. Music critic Robert Shelton has interpreted this refrain as "an internal dialogue between what he [Dylan] once accepted and now doubts.