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(„Desire”, 1976 Columbia)
słowa i muzyka: Bob Dylan
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I laid on a dune  I looked at the sky 

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When the children were babies  and played on the beach

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You came up to behind me  I saw you go by  

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You were always so close  and still within' reach

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Sara,  Sara

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Whatever made you want to change you mind

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Sara,  Sara

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So easy to look at, so hard to define.



I can syill see them playin'

With their pails in the sand

They run to the water

Their buckets to fill

I can still see the shells

Fallin' out of their hands

As they follow each other

Back up the hill

Sara, Sara

Sweet virgin angel, sweet love of my life

Sara, Sara

Radiant jewel, mystical wife



Sleepin' in the woods

By a fire in the night

Drinkin' white rum

In a Portugal bar

Them playin' leap-frog

And hearin' about Snow White

You in the market place

In Savanna-la-Mar

Sara, Sara

It's all so clear, I could never forget

Sara, Sara

Lovin' you is the one thing I'll never regret



I can still hear the sounds

Of those Methodist bells

I'd taken the cure

And had just gotten through

Stayin' up for days

In the Chelsea Hotel

Writin' „Sad-Eyed Lady

Of the Lowlands” for you

Sara, Sara

Wherever we travel we're never apart

Sara, oh Sara

Beautiful lady, so dear to my heart



How did I meet you

I don't know

A messenger sent me

In a tropical storm

You were there in the winter

Moonlight on the snow

And on Lily Pond Lane

When the weather was warm

Sara, oh Sara

Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress

Sara, Sara

You must forgive me my unworthiness



Now the beach is deserted

Except for some kelp

And a peice of an old ship

That lies on the shore

You always responded

When I needed your help

You gimme a map

And a key to your door

Sara, oh Sara

Glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow

Sara, oh Sara

Don't ever leave me, don't ever go

Sara Dylan (born October 28, 1939 in Wilmington, Delaware), born Shirley Marlin Nozinsky (or Novoletsky) and later known as Sara Lownds, was the first wife of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and mother of singer Jakob Dylan. She was married to Bob Dylan from November 1965 until June 1977.
Very little is known about Sara Dylan's early life or family. Her maiden name was Shirley Nozinsky (or, according to Beatty Zimmerman, Novoletsky), and was born in Wilmington, Delaware on October 28, 1939 to Bessie and Isaac Nozinsky. While Shirley was still a child, Bessie had a stroke, and her great aunt Esther came to watch over the family. Al Aronowitz claims her father was a scrap metal dealer who had been shot to death in 1956 during a hold-up. Her mother died approximately five years later.
As a young woman, she worked as a fashion model, as a stage actress, as a Playboy bunny, in film production, and for TIME magazine. She changed her first name from Shirley to Sara at the request of her first husband, magazine photographer Hans Lownds. Lownds almost ordered her to do this, stating: „I can't be married to a woman named Shirley.” According to Peter Lownds, her then-stepson, Sara met Dylan in Greenwich Village in late 1962 while driving around the Village in her MG sports car. „Her meeting with Bob was the reason [Sara left Hans] — he was famous, and she was very beautiful,” says Lownds. She was not familiar with his music, and only vaguely knew who he was. Sara introduced Dylan and his manager Albert Grossman to D.A. Pennebaker, the director who would later film Don't Look Back.
Marriage to Bob Dylan
Aronowitz claims that shortly after meeting her, Dylan told him that he planned to marry her. Sara Lownds and Bob Dylan became romantically involved sometime in late 1964; soon afterwards, Lownds and Dylan both moved in to separate rooms in New York's Chelsea Hotel to be near one another.
The pair were wed in a secret ceremony on November 22, 1965, during a break in his tour. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Long Island. The only other participants were Albert Grossman and a maid of honor for Sara. Their marriage remained a secret even to some of Dylan's closest friends until many months afterwards, until the press caught wind of their union. Bob reportedly „depended on her advice as if she were his astrologer, his oracle, his seer, his psychic guide. He would rely on her to tell him the best hour and the best day to travel.”
Their marriage first became strained around April 1974 when he began taking art classes from Norman Raeben, a 73-year-old Russian immigrant and former boxer who, according to Dylan, had been close friends with Soutine, Picasso, and Modigliani. Raeban's teaching methods radically changed the musician's way of thinking, and he would later tell an interviewer, „I went home after that first day and my wife never did understand me ever since that day. That's when our marriage started breaking up. She never knew what I was talking about, what I was thinking about, and I couldn't possibly explain it.”
The couple's bitter divorce was finalized on June 29, 1977. Tensions remained between the two for several years afterwards, but they eventually made amends; in 1983, they even considered remarriage. A photo taken by Sara of Bob in Jerusalem on the occasion of their son's bar mitzvah around 1982 would later become the record cover for his album Infidels.

Sara Dylan in Bob Dylan's songs

Sara Dylan has inspired several of Bob Dylan's songs, at least two directly. The first was „Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” (from Blonde on Blonde), and the second „Sara” (from 1976's Desire), in which he called her „radiant jewel, mystical wife”. This song was an attempt to reconcile with Sara after their estrangement around 1975:
I can still hear the sound of the Methodist bells
I had taken the cure and had just gotten through
staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel
writing „Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” for you
Bob Dylan's 1975 album Blood on the Tracks is widely viewed as the most potent of Sara's inspirations, as many fans assume the songs refer to her. The album was recorded soon after the couple's initial separation. Bob Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin has argued that Sara Dylan's influence on the lyrical content of the album is often exaggerated. Bob Dylan himself denied at the time of the album's release that Blood on the Tracks was autobiographical. However, the couple's son Jakob says: „The songs are my parents talking”. Biographer Clinton Heylin also reported that around 1977, Dylan wrote an entire album worth of songs at least partially inspired by their final separation, but only played the tracks privately for select friends, and to date has neither recorded nor performed them live.
In addition to Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, and Desire, some critics also believe that she inspired songs on Bringing It All Back Home, Nashville Skyline, New Morning, Planet Waves, and Street Legal. Songs believed to be inspired by Sara Dylan include „Isis”, „We Better Talk This Over”, „Abandoned Love”, „Down Along The Cove”, „Wedding Song”, „On A Night Like This”, „Something There Is About You”, „I'll Be Your Baby Tonight”, „To Be Alone With You”, „If Not For You”, „Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)” and „Love Minus Zero/No Limit”.


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