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1 Matt Blankman   ~  Nov 24, 2010 1:08 pm

Dave Marsh on "I Want You:"

"...these lyrics aren't especially poetic anyway, though they are so obscurantist that you can play all kinds of games about what Dylan really means when he sings, " Now all your fathers they've gone down / True love, they've been without it / But all their daughters put me down / 'Cause I don't think about it." Having studied the disc in detail since I was sixteen, I can now state that this most likely means two things: 1) Dylan had found a clever rhyme; 2) he thought about it all the time, maybe even too much."

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 24, 2010 1:13 pm

"obscurantist"? Really, Dave?

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Nov 24, 2010 1:26 pm

Doesn't using that word make him guilty of said offense?

Eh, for me, its worth it for the punch line.

It's one of Bob's very best singles - exuberant, kooky and simultaneously of its time and timeless.

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