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Tambourine Man

(„Bringing It All Back Home”, 1965 Columbia)
słowa i muzyka: Bob Dylan
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     Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

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     I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to.

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     Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

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     In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you.


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Though I know that evenings empire has returned into sand,

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Vanished from my hand,

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Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.

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My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet,

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I have no one to meet,

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And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.


Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship.
My senses have been stripped,
May hands can't feel to grip,
My toes too numb to step,
Wait only for my bootheels to be wandering.
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade,
Into my own parade.
Cast your dancing spell my way, I promise to go under it.
Though you might hear laughing, spinning, swinging madly across the sun,
It's not aimed at anyone,
It's just escaping on the run,
And but for the sky there are no fences facing.
And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme,
To your tambourine in time.
It's just a ragged clown behind,
I wouldn't pay it any mind,
It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing.
Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind.
Down the foggy ruins of time,
far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted frightened trees,
Out to the windy bench,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea,
Circled deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Mr. Tambourine Man” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan and featured on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, produced by Tom Wilson (see 1965 in music). The Byrds also recorded a version that was their first single on Columbia Records and the title track of their first album, and which reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart. The Byrds had access to a recording of the song by Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliot, from when Dylan attempted to record it during the session for his Another Side of Bob Dylan album, before it was released on Bringing It All Back Home. As a result, The Byrds were able to release their own version just two weeks after Dylan's. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single's success.
The song has also been covered by many other artists, including Judy Collins, Odetta, Melanie, and William Shatner. The song's popularity led to Dylan recording it live many times, and it has been included in multiple Dylan and Byrds compilation albums. It has been translated into several languages, and has also been used in television shows and films, and referenced in several books.
The song has a bright, expansive melody and has become famous in particular for its surrealistic imagery, influenced by artists as diverse as French poet Arthur Rimbaud and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. The lyrics call on the title character to play a song and the narrator will follow. Interpretations of the lyrics have included a paean to drugs such as LSD, a call to the singer's muse, a reflection of the audience's demands on the singer, and even religious interpretations. Dylan sings the song in four verses, but only one of these was recorded by The Byrds. The song is one of just three that was included twice in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, since both The Byrds' version and Dylan's own version are included. Both versions also received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.


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