My DSP 3: Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Song: Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Artist: Bob Dylan

Year: 1965

Favorite Lyric:

My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire
People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her

In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there’s no success like failure
And that failure’s no success at all

The cloak and dagger dangles
Madams light the candles
In ceremonies of the horsemen
Even the pawn must hold a grudge
Statues made of matchsticks
Crumble into one another
My love winks, she does not bother
She knows too much to argue or to judge

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows cold and rainy
My love she’s like some raven
At my window with a broken wing

Significance: You may have noticed that under “Favorite Lyric,” I posted the entire  song. I had the officiant at my wedding read these lyrics as a poem. Because that’s what Dylan is. He’s everything that’s great about the English language, set to music. I love the duality of this song. “She knows there’s no success like failure and that failure’s no success at all.” Harried people trying to solve problems and seem intellectual but without purpose. An idealized woman above it all but not without the wounds that society inflicts. I’m rhapsodizing and reaching here, but that’s part of the fun of it. Here’s footage of the song being performed live in a hotel room.


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One Response to My DSP 3: Love Minus Zero/No Limit

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