It’s Too Dark to See

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Mama, take this badge off me
I can’t use it anymore.
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see
I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can’t shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin’ down
I feel I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door.
~bob dylan

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  1. Many of us at the time re-themed this song as a protest anthem against the Vietnam war. A soldier lays down his gun, dying in another senseless killing of war.

    Absolutely great and moving post!

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    1. I read where this song was re-recorded by different bands using their own interpretations, and I can see where it would speak to soldiers of any war, and especially stirring to those who served in VIetnam. Glad you liked. Dylan’s in his own league, isn’t he.

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  2. Very ‘threatening/spooky’ light – really a thunderhead cloud layer over the sun? Extraordinary. Nothing that dramatic over here 🙂 Beautiful. Ah, Dylan – taken me back to college days, oh deary, deary me 😉 Thanks for sharing this

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  3. Sonel pinched my word! Powerful was what came to me too, Elisa, and strangely moving.

    Two things, not connected to the above: your url still links back to Fun and Fabulous and I get a WP message saying you’re not home, or words to that effect. I can find you in my Reader though, so that’s the good news 🙂
    Billiard comes from the French “billart” -an old form of cue, or “bille” -the ball. Such a shame- I wanted to become a bollards expert!

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    1. That picture combined with the lyrics kind of rocked my world, too, Jo. And thanks for the information about my URL….I have NO IDEA how to fix that. I can’t delete the darned blog because I own the domain for now. I set it to private….maybe I’ll make it public again with a note to find me over here. Something for you to think about if you ever change your blog name & URL. Be prepared for a bit of a hassle!!

      Interesting bit on Billiards!

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    1. You were correct! Another blogger commented that he and other soldiers re-themed it as a protest anthem against the Vietnam war, saying “A soldier lays down his gun, dying in another senseless killing of war.”
      Interesting bit of history there.

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    1. Another blogger mentioned his song “It’s not dark yet, but its getting there,” and I was stunned by the beauty of the lyrics. He is brilliant, and I’m enjoying how he’s relaxing into his sense of humor these days.

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  4. “That long black cloud is coming down”-nice image and the lyrics are well-suited. And the journey usually takes us where we need to go. “Happy Trails” as the cowboys say! It’s all in the journey….

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        1. Haha, true.
          He and CS&N were in Atlanta a few years ago….sounded as good as they ever did. Still protesting, I think it was the war in Iraq. I love, among many things, their persistence!!

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  5. I think I’m probably the only person here who was in college in the sixties. Ah, the iconic Dylan. He’s a year older than I am and still going the way he always did. The gospel according to Dylan is as righteous as it was fifty years ago. Not many of the old boys are still alive much less still relevant. I read somewhere the other day that he’s sold “Blowin’ in the Wind” to a British company to be used to promote a supermarket chain! My, how the world changes… Well, they said it is a green business… Chuckle…

    The photograph is really dramatic. I couldn’t think of a thing more elegant than the roadrunner… When I see roadways like this, he always appears right in the middle of the road! 😉

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    1. Oh noooooooooo, tell me he didn’t sell out to a supermarket chain. I think they ought to make a law barring any iconic rock songs from becoming television jingles.
      Roadrunner? Then Wilie E Coyote has to be there, too, holding a stick of dynamite!

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    1. Thank you so much….it was worth the risk of standing in the middle of the road! I enjoy your blog as well, and am always inspired by your photography. Take care, and have a great weekend!

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