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Bob Dylan and The Band - "Like A Rolling Stone"

Music video of "Like A Rolling Stone" played live. This was recorded in 1966 so it was a few years before The Band split and did their own thing.

Andrew Luke
Ironically, before creating this iconic song, Dylan had been mulling over quitting the music business!

Lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone"

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you ?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall."
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
A complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?


Andrew Luke
One of many reasons why he is called a poet as well as singer!

Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"

Lyric video for "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan.

Andrew Luke
Rolling Stone magazine was partially named after the song (and also for The Rolling Stones band and "Rollin' Stone" by Muddy Waters).

Bob Dylan

Andrew Luke
The handwritten lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" were sold in auction in 2004 for an incredible $2 million!
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