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Slow-Train-ComingDrove back from Germany with enough Dylan CDs to cover the ten-hour drive. And had a revelation! This unequalled expert in messy break-ups sounded like he was commenting Brexit in every second song! It’s even possible to put together a full heart-breaking post-referendum dialogue only using Dylan quotes:

UK:

I’ll make my stand and remain as I am
And bid farewell and not give a damn.[1]

EU:

What was it you wanted? Tell me again so I’ll know.
We can start it all over, get it back on the track… [2]

UK:

Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb,
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from.[3]

EU:

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet, but I would never do you wrong,
I’ve known it from the moment that we met, no doubt in my mind where you belong![4]

UK:

The walls of pride are high and wide, can’t see over to the other side.[5]
I’m gonna have to put up a barrier to keep myself away from everyone.[6]

EU:

That’s how it is when things disintegrate.[7]
One more cup of coffee for the road?[8]

UK:

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay…[9]

EU:

You must leave now, take what you need you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.[10]

Conclusion to the whole drama:

We live in a political world, where courage is a thing of the past.[11]

Albrecht Sonntag,
@albrechtsonntag


[1]              Restless farewell (from The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964)

[2]              What Was It You Wanted? (from Oh Mercy, 1989)

[3]              Not Dark Yet (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)

[4]              Make You Feel My Love (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)

[5]              Cold Irons Bound (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)

[6]              Dirt Road Blues (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)

[7]              Can’t Wait (from Time Out of Mind, 1997)

[8]              One More Cup of Coffee (from Desire, 1975)

[9]              Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, 1962)

[10]             It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue ( from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965)

[11]             Political World (from Oh Mercy, 1989)

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