Tangled Up In Blues

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This poem written by Bob Dylan, is a dramatic monologue about love: not just about one person, but about the many relationships a person has throughout his or her life. I cannot tell if this poem chronicles Dylan’s life or is just an assembly of thoughts about relationships, his and others. It is probably a compilation of both. After the songs were released, he would revise the lyrics during live concerts by adding lines and changing from the first person to the third person. This says to me that he is constantly evaluating his thoughts on love and that things in his life may have changed to where he no longer wants the song to appear to be about just him. The poem begins with Dylan thinking about a past love, one he has not seen in many years. “Early one mornin' the sun was shinin', / I was layin' in bed / Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all If her hair was still red.” / Her folks they said our lives together / Sure was gonna be rough / They never did like Mama's homemade dress / Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough. This first verse feels like he is telling a story of a first love, a dramatic type that is against the wishes of their parents. It doesn’t say if they ever started a life together or not, but for the rest of the poem it does not matter. It establishes an intense feeling about love with a connection. In the next verse he hitch hikes in the rain, paying his dues to reach east coast, and introduces the title line “Tangled up in blues”. “And I was standin' on the side of the road / Rain fallin' on my shoes / Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blue.” This is probably directly about Dylan and the hard work it took to get started in his career. I think the idea of the line “Tangled up in blues” pays homage the blues music and the story behind blues songs. It is the idea that life can beat you
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