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Author:  Blue Heron [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 05:28 GMT ]
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In case you forgot the greatness of Bob Dylan, check out the lyrics to this gem. Incredible! Few can paint with words like he does.

When the Ship Comes In
Oh the time will come up
When the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin’
Like the stillness in the wind
’Fore the hurricane begins
The hour when the ship comes in

Oh the seas will split
And the ship will hit
And the sands on the shoreline will be shaking
Then the tide will sound
And the wind will pound
And the morning will be breaking

Oh the fishes will laugh
As they swim out of the path
And the seagulls they’ll be smiling
And the rocks on the sand
Will proudly stand
The hour that the ship comes in

And the words that are used
For to get the ship confused
Will not be understood as they’re spoken
For the chains of the sea
Will have busted in the night
And will be buried at the bottom of the ocean

A song will lift
As the mainsail shifts
And the boat drifts on to the shoreline
And the sun will respect
Every face on the deck
The hour that the ship comes in

Then the sands will roll
Out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a-touchin’
And the ship’s wise men
Will remind you once again
That the whole wide world is watchin’

Oh the foes will rise
With the sleep still in their eyes
And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’
But they’ll pinch themselves and squeal
And know that it’s for real
The hour when the ship comes in

Then they’ll raise their hands
Sayin’ we’ll meet all your demands
But we’ll shout from the bow your days are numbered
And like Pharoah’s tribe
They’ll be drownded in the tide
And like Goliath, they’ll be conquered

Author:  Queen Anne Lace [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 17:13 GMT ]
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Blue Heron wrote:
In case you forgot the greatness of Bob Dylan, check out the lyrics to this gem. Incredible! Few can paint with words like he does.


I agree 100%, Blue Heron. This is certainly one of my favorite Dylan songs.
When the Ship Comes In deserves all the accolades
we can heap on it...and more. 8)

Lots of beautiful covers of this song, but the Clancy Bros. are hard to beat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ6WelUX ... 4kKJwRcJgM

Author:  A Merry Llama [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 17:30 GMT ]
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Image

Peter Jackson really missed a great soundtrack opportunity for this scene.

Author:  tommy_gallagher [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 18:02 GMT ]
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A Merry Llama wrote:
Image

Peter Jackson really missed a great soundtrack opportunity for this scene.


:lol:

Author:  raging_glory [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 19:15 GMT ]
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Astounding song. It would make a fine addition to the present show :)

Author:  Mez [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 20:40 GMT ]
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This is one of my absolute favorite Dylan songs. Just love it (the lyrics, energy, pace). I wonder how it'd sound "ModBob" cowboybluesy Bob style??

MEZ

Author:  carnap [ Wed April 23rd, 2014, 21:14 GMT ]
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Mez wrote:
... the lyrics, energy, pace ...




It's one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs from that time period for exactly the reasons you stated. While it's not unusual for Bob to have interesting lyrics, at that time it was unusual to find much energy and pace in his songs. Usually he sounded extremely tired and world weary as if he had just about given up on life. On this song although he does sound kind of tired at least he is giving a valiant effort. I find that it's not depressing at all.

Author:  John B. Stetson [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 01:08 GMT ]
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Mez wrote:
This is one of my absolute favorite Dylan songs. Just love it (the lyrics, energy, pace). I wonder how it'd sound "ModBob" cowboybluesy Bob style??
MEZ


Why hasn't it been played live during the NET years, I wonder?

Author:  smoke [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 06:19 GMT ]
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Too much hope? :lol:


Love the tune...it's imagery has been compared to The Black Freighter, aka Pirate Jenny, done astoundingly well by Nina Simone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7awW5nrDHk

I believe Dylan himself mentions being influenced by this lyric in Chronicles, though it's been a while since I read it.

Author:  WrittenInMySoul [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 06:43 GMT ]
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I remember reading somewhere that Bob wrote that song after being refused to check into a hotel when he was on tour with Joan Baez.
The first line echoes the Book of revelations, chapter 7: all winds will stop before those who are marked as servants of God will rise.
"The whole wide world is watching": in chicago in 1968 protesters remembered that line.

A great song, not just for the lyrics but also for the conviction you can hear in the performance.

Author:  John B. Stetson [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 10:42 GMT ]
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smoke wrote:
Too much hope? :lol:


:lol:

actually, maybe that's it.

Author:  Brian Hamilton Smith [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 10:57 GMT ]
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The laughing fishes and the smiling seagulls are a tad too Disney for my taste.

Author:  Belle Laugh [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 12:38 GMT ]
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hmm Did you have to say that!

But you know the lyrics are so Beautiful:
"Then the sands will roll
Out a carpet of gold
For your weary toes to be a-touchin’"

Author:  faerie queen [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 13:19 GMT ]
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It's one of the songs that made me a lifelong Bob fan. My favorite cover is by Arlo Guthrie. He lends a fantastic gospel feel to the song, especially with his piano playing. Any of Arlo's live versions are fantastic, but the one captured on Arlo & Pete More Together Again is representative of Arlo's stately & hopeful version of the song.

I do think the song is a tad too hopeful for our misanthropic ModBob. :twisted:

Author:  thickboy [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 16:44 GMT ]
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It is a wonderful song... and strangely erotical.

Author:  Brian Hamilton Smith [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 17:02 GMT ]
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thickboy wrote:
It is a wonderful song... and strangely erotical.


That would be this line:

"And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’"

Author:  thickboy [ Thu April 24th, 2014, 19:08 GMT ]
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Brian Hamilton Smith wrote:
thickboy wrote:
It is a wonderful song... and strangely erotical.


That would be this line:

"And they’ll jerk from their beds and think they’re dreamin’"


Hahaha... yes, that and the bit about fishes laughing... but that might just be me... I have a thing about happy fishes!

Author:  Don't Think Twice [ Fri April 25th, 2014, 01:25 GMT ]
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One of his most beautifully written songs. And that's saying a lot.

Author:  WoollyRockers [ Fri April 25th, 2014, 01:44 GMT ]
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I love this song as a metaphor... It's wonderful!

.. but as someone with a weird fish phobia please shhh with the fishy business please. :?
They scare me! They are evil. :evil:

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