One of the most lauded songwriters of all time, Bob Dylan has challenged and inspired listeners for decades. So why not help the newest generation get hip to his genius? Now is an especially good time to introduce Bob Dylan lyrics to your kids, given that the singer-songwriter has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his lyrical achievements.
And it's a good idea to get a young introduction to Dylan's world, because a thorough study of his work could span several lifetimes. He's known for addressing civil rights issues, personal triumphs and struggles, and grand musings on the nature of life in his work. But whether he's mocking fashion trends ("Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat") or crying out for justice ("Hurricane"), Dylan's lyrics always have a strong underpinning of humanity and humility. Any kid would do well to study the wise words of this poet who hails from the American midwest.
What's more, your kid will get the privilege of growing up and learning more about literature, lyrics, and even poetic form through the verses of Dylan. Again, he's a great artist to start learning about when you're young, because you can spend years chasing the meanings of his words. So honor one of America's best songwriters today by helping the next generation learn about the elusive brilliance of Dylan.
1. "And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it." — "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall"
2. "'Come in,' she said, 'I’ll give you shelter from the storm.'" — "Shelter From The Storm"
3. "I came to a high place of darkness and light. The dividing line ran through the center of town." — "Isis"
4. "What good am I if I know and don’t do?" — "What Good Am I"
5. "You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." — "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
6. "You are dearer to me than myself." — "Workingman’s Blues #2"
7. "Don’t ask me nothin’ about nothin’. I just might tell you the truth." — "Outlaw Blues"
8. "When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose." — "Like A Rolling Stone"
9. "But I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now." — "My Back Pages"
10. "Lookin’ into the lost forgotten years for dignity." — "Dignity"
11. "Of war and peace, the truth just twists." — "Gates Of Eden"
12. "I try my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them." — "Maggie's Farm"
13. "So when you see your neighbor carryin' somethin', help him with his load." — "The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest"
14. "Time is an ocean, but it ends at the shore." — "Oh, Sister"
15. "She knows there’s no success like failure, and that failure’s no success at all." — "Love Minus Zero, No Limit"
16. "We always did feel the same, we just saw it from a different point of view." — "Tangled Up In Blue"
17. "She’s got everything she needs. She’s an artist, she don’t look back." — "She Belongs To Me"
18. "Love is so simple, to quote a phrase." — "You're A Big Girl Now"
19. "How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?" — "Blowin' In The Wind"