Where Ma Rainey and Beethoven once unwrapped their bed roll
Tuba players now rehearse around the flagpole
And the National Bank at a profit sells road maps for the soul
To the old folks home and the college FROM “TOMBSTONE BLUES” by Bob Dylan.

TOMBSTONE BLUES WAS ON ALBUM–HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED. 1965, He wrote it when he was 25 years old.



A.  Wanted Man

B. My Back Pages

C. Masters of War

D.  Dignity

E. I Want You

F. License To Kill

G.  Waiting for You

H. Forever Young

I. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

J. Subterranean Homesick Blues

K. Momma You Been On My Mind

L. With God On Our Side

M.  Absolutely Sweet Marie

N.  Don’t Think Twice

O. Like A Rolling Stone

P.  I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

Q.  High Water

R. Open the Door, Homer

S. Senor

T.  Positively 4th Street

U.  All Along The Watchtower

V. It’s All Right Ma

W. Hattie Caroll

X. The Times They Are A Changin’

Y. Mr. Tambourine Man

Z. Highway 61

*. Every Grain of Sand

**. It’s all Over Now Baby Blue

***. Hard Rain

****. Ballad of A Thin Man


Next stop 80.  Makes one think.  Bob turns 79 this month.  Bob doesn’t “sequester” well.  Wonder how he is handling “stay at home”.

Given this time to ponder our greatest life time tragedy, something will be forthcoming.  Happened with Katrina, JFK, 9/11, –quite  a few significant others.

It’s not dark yet   Help us out Bob.


Here are some of my “Bob Lists”
A. My top 80 Dylan songs.
(He’s written who knows how many, but its upwards of 1000.
1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Mr. Tambourine Man
3. All Thing the Watchtower
4. Forever Young
5. Every Grain of Sand
6. Blowin’ in the Wind
7. Things have Changed
8. Lay, Lady, Lay
9. Tangled up in Blue
10. With God on Our Side
11. The Times are a Changing
12. Subterranean Homesick Blues
13. Its All Over Now, Baby Blue
14. Desolation Row
15. Tombstone Blues
16. It’s Alright Ma
17. Ballad of a Thin Man
18. Gate of Eden
19. Masters of War
20. Visions of Johanna
21. Dignity
22. Tight Connection to My Heart
23. She Belongs to Me
24. Love Minus Zero/No limit
25. Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol
26. Hard Rain
27. Not Dark Yet
28. To Make You Feel My Love
29. Only a Pawn
30. John Brown
31. High Water (for Charlie Patton)
32. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee
33. Hollis Brown
34. Chimes of Freedom
35. Where Teardrops Fall
36. Man in the Long Black Coat
37. Angelina
38. Farewell Angelina
39. I’ll Remember you
40. Knockin’ on Heavens Doors
41. Mama, You been on my mind
42. I’ll be your Baby Tonight
43. Queen Jane Approximately
44. Hurricane
45. Isis
46. Brownsville Girl
47. One More Cup of Coffee
48. Absolutely Sweet Marie
49. Blind Willie McTell
50. Buckets of Rain
51. IWantYou
52. Let it Be Me
53. Oh sister
54. PoliticalWorld
55. Highway 61
56. Going, Going, Gone
57. Open the Door Homer
58. Love is Just a 4 Letter Word
59. Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
60. Sad Eyed Lady
61. Sign on the Window
62. I Forgot More
63. Restless Farwell
64. Cold Irons Bound
65. Not Dark Yet
66. Don’t think Twice
67. Jokerman
68. Man of Peace
69. Mississippi
70. Positively 4th St.
71. Shelter from the Storm
72. Shooting Star
73. Trying to Get To Heaven
74. Wheels on Fire
75. Tweeter & Monkey Man
76. To Ramona
77. Nettie Moore
78. Someday Baby
79. When The Deal Goes Down
80. The Mystic Garden
B. Suggested Songs on War.
(These are just as valid today as in 1965)
1. With God On Our Side
2. Blowin’ in the Wind
3. Senor
4. High Water (For Charlie Patton)
5. It’s Alright Ma
6. Masters of War
7. John Brown
8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
9. All Along The Watchtower
C. Favorite Quotes
“If God is on our side, he’ll stop the next war.” (With God on our Side)
“And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill.” (License to Kill)
“Alright – where do you want this killing done?” (Highway 61)
“Is your money that good? Will it buy forgiveness? Do you think that it could?” (Masters of War)
“Things are breaking up out there, High water everywhere!” (High Water)
“Let’s disconnect the cables, over turn the tables. The place just don’t make sense
to me nor more.” (Senor)
“And I’ll tell it, and think it, and speak it and breath it.” (Hard Rain)
“They say prayer has the power to heal so pray for me mother. In the human heart an evil spirit can dwell. I am tryin’ to love my neighbor and do good unto others. But oh, mother, things ain’t going well.” (Ain’t Talkin”)
“May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift.” (Forever Young)“There are no keys inside the gates of Eden.” (Gates of Eden)
“But you and I have been through that, and this is not our fate, so let us not talk
falsely the hour’s getting late.” (All Along the Watchtower)
I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flames. And every time I pass that
way I always hear my name.” (Every Grain of Sand)
“But if the arrow is straight and the point is slick, it can pierce through dust no
matter how thick.” (Restless Farewell)
“Strap yourself to a tree with roots – you ain’t going nowhere.” “Well the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, the law of the jungle
and the sea are you only teachers.” (Jokerman)
“Before the sky there are no fences —“ (Mr. Tambourine Man) “The dust of rumor covers me.” (Restless Farewell)
“Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is.” (Ballad of a Thin Man)
“Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” (My Back Pages)
“It’ll soon shake you windows and rattle your walls.” (Times They are a Changin’)
“Strike another match, go start anew.” (Baby Blue)
“Well its always been my nature to take chances. My right hand draws back as my left hand advances.” (Angelina)
“steal a little & they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you a king.” (What’s a Girl Like You)
“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. (Subterranean Homesick Blues)
“For he who gets hurt will be he who has stalled.” (Times They are a Changin’) “But me, I’m still on the road heading for another joint.” (Tangled Up In Blue) “The only thing I knew to do was to keep on keeping on.” (Brownsville Girl) “But to live outside the law, you must be honest.” (Absolutely Sweet Marie) “You can’t open your mind to every conceivable point of view.” (High Water) “He not busy being born is not being dying.” (It’s Alright Ma)Relationships:
“Bad luck women will stick like glue. Its one or the other or neither of the two.” (Nettie Moore)
“Love is all there is, it makes the world go ‘round, love and only love, it can’t be denied. No matter what you think about it you just won’t be able to do without it. Take a tip from one who’s tried.” (I Threw it All Away)
“But its not that way, I wasn’t born to lose you.” (I Want You)
“Kick your shoes off, do not fear, buy that bottle over here. (I’ll be your Baby To- night) “I ain’t lookin’ to block you up, shock or knock or lock you up, analyze you, categorize you, finalize you or advertise you. All I really want to do is, baby, be friends with you.” (All I Really Want to Do)
“I was burned out from exhaustion, buried in the hail, poisoned in the bushes an’ blown out on the trail, hunted like a crocodile, ravaged in the corn. ‘Come in,’ she said, ‘I’ll give you shelter from the storm’.” (Shelter from the Storm)
“I’d just be curious to know if you can see yourself as clear as someone who has had you on his mind?” (Momma You’ve Been On My Mind)
“Goodbye is too good a word girl.” (Don’t Think Twice)
“If your mem’ry serves you well, you’ll remember you’re the one that called on me
to call on them to get you your favors done.” (This Wheel’s on Fire)
“So many roads, so much at stake, so many dead ends, sometimes I wonder what
its going to take to find Dignity.”
“Its only other people’s games you’ve got to dodge.” (It’s All Right Ma)
“You’re right from your side, and I’m right from mine.” (One Too Many Mornings)
“Now, there’s a certain thing that I learned from my friend, Moss. A fella who always blushes and that is that ev’ryone must always flush out his house if he don’t expect to be housing flushes.”
“When you’re out there trying to heal the sick, remember you must first forgive them.” (Open the Door, Homer)
“Friends will arrive, Friends will disappear!” (Buckets of Rain) “You’d know what a drag it is to see you.” (Positively 4th Street)
“You went to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely. But you know you only used to get juiced in it.” (Like a Rolling Stone)
“”As she takes your voice and leaves you howling at the moon.” (Tom Thumbs Blues)
“Time is in ocean but it ends at the shore.” (Oh Sister) Tough Moments:
“I’ve just reached a place where true willow don’t bend.” (Going, Going, Gone) “Blues this morning fallin’ down like hail – Gonna leave a greasy trail.” (Nettie
“I got sidetracked in El Paso, stopped to get myself a map, went the wrong way into Juarez with Juanita on my lap. Then I went to sleep in Shreveport, woke up in Abilene wonderin’ why the hell I’m wanted at some town halfway between.” (Wanted Man)
“Bury the rag deep in your face, for now is the time for your tears.” (Hattie Carol) “Like a cork screw to my heart.” (Big Girl)
“That long black cloud is coming down.” (Knockin’ at Heaven’s Doors)
“You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way.” (Mississippi) “don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer.” (Not Dark Yet)
“When you think you’ve lost everything, you find out you can always lose a little more.” (Tryin’ to get to Heaven)
“As soon as you awake, you trained to take, what looks like the only way out.” (Political World)
“Conceit is a disease doctors got no cure.” (Disease of Conceit)


As recently as September 5, or three days ago, Bob Dylan has repeated his recent tour set lists with very little variety. This marks a major change from a history of choices from the one thousand or more songs he has cryptically chosen from show to show. There has even been a betting line on what the set lists would include. It is fully understandable that having to cope with all the lyrics, magnificent as they are, has caused this change. Any answers?


Maybe my music teaching Mom gave me an “appreciation gene” if not a drop of talent.
I noticed the new Pope thinks Bob Dylan is a “false prophet.” I don’t remem- ber Bob claiming deity. I asked “Country” who he thought the new Pope would be? “Probably be another Catholic,” he reassured.
People tell me “I can’t understand what Dylan is saying” or “I don’t get it.” Maybe you get him or you don’t.
I know during rehab from several surgeries I read his lyrics book closely. An
updated one goes through 2002.
If you’re interested in this wealth of work read the lyrics along with the music.
I’m a Dylan fan, not a “Dylanologist.” Over 5000 courses are taught in Dylan
throughout academia.
Two Dylan poems hold up with the “greats”: (1) Forever Young and (2) Every
Grain of Sand. Read number one for your children, number two for your faith. If these don’t affect you, read no further in this chapter. (Pages 181-182)
Ray Charles once suggested, “ you may not like all I play, but hang on, I’ll find you.”


Tom Parham, Winning Tennis Coach, Author, and Bob Dylan Fan to Speak at Hackney Library

Tom Parham

Calling all tennis (and Bob Dylan) fans!

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library will sponsor a reception and program featuring Former Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) championship-winning tennis coach and AC alumnus Tom Parham.

The event will take place in Hackney Library’s Learning Commons on the campus of Barton College.  A reception (with refreshments) will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by Parham’s talk, “Hartsock, Dylan, and 50 Years,” at 5:30 pm.

From 1964 to 1983, Tom Parham coached tennis at the College, and from 1983 to 1985, he served as Athletic Director.  He led the Bulldogs to NAIA National Tennis Championships in 1979 and 1984, and earned another NAIA National Championship for Elon University in 1990, where he served as tennis coach from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.  Parham was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1985, and 1990.  For his service to collegiate tennis and his achievements in the sport, Parham was named in 1979 to North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor awarded in the state of North Carolina.  He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including induction into several athletic halls of fame and the awarding of the Elon Medallion, the University’s highest honor, upon his retirement in 2004.  He serves on the N.C. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors.

Not only is he a tennis coach par excellence, Parham is also a lover of books–he has written three himself: The Little Green Book of Tennis, Play is Where Life Is, and ALOT (A Level of Thinking)—and he is a devotee of Bob Dylan and his music.  In October 2017, Parham donated his collection of over 30 books and four DVDs about Dylan to Hackney Library for circulation.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Atlantic Christian (Barton) College, Parham holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Parham, professor emeritus at Elon University, now resides in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with his wife Margaret.

Please join us on February 6 for Parham’s recollections of his life as both student and coach at Atlantic Christian College and his passion for Bob Dylan and his music.

This event is sponsored by Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library and is free and open to the public.  For additional information, please call (252) 399-6502.