Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tangled Up In Blue

I guess I need to fix this blog a little bit, before getting serious. I don't like the layout and I don't like the colours. But before I do all that I'll publish a post as a example of what this blog will be all about, let's call it a pilot:

Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan

Tangled Up In Blue as released on Blood On The Tracks 1975

"Tangled Up In Blue" is one of Dylan's most famous songs. It's an example of a special way of writing where Dylan mixes different perspectives and points in time into one text. He commented it himself by saying:

"What's different about it is that there's a code in the lyrics, and there's also no sense of time. There's no respect for it. You've got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room, and there's very little you can't imagine not happening."

The song was released in 1975 on the album "Blood On The Tracks" and as the most of the songs on the album, people think that "Tangled Up In Blue" deals with Dylan's relationship with Sara Lownds (his first wife), which wasn't any good at the time.
The lyrics have many times been changed during the time after the release. For example, 1984 at a live performance, Dylan sang the whole song in the third person instead of the first. He also changed a lot of the lines.
Different variations in the lyrics aren't unusual when it comes to Dylan's writing. One reason why he wants to change the lyrics may be the fact that he himself has changed.

I really like the song, probably thanks to the narrate style and Dylan's way of singing it, which in some way radiate a huge optimism. The song also expresses a special mood, easy to compare with the title of the song: "tangled up in blue".

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