Bob Dylan: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue Meaning
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It's All Over Now, Baby Blue Lyrics
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin' through
And it's all over now,...
I'm new to this so forgive an amateurish attempt but I'm going through a sort of breakup of my own and I wonder...could the song be about an actual breakup with his lover who has had an abortion? The orphan with his gun crying like a fire in the sun could be the child that that is angry and never had a chance. Then the saints are coming through - taking the child's spirit away or at least adding a religious tonality. Later he tells her to leave her dead behind they will not follow you and to start over. I don't know Dylan's religious or political leanings but just thought I'd ask what people thought. BTW I'm the female in this breakup.
anonymous Oct 23rd, 2016 10:20am report
To me it has always been clear. Good bye to the Folk Music that made him The Headliner at Newport in 1965 and hello to his future as a Legend in Folk-Rock.
You can be both and he is. That's what inspired artists do, others should have seen it coming.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2015 11:41pm report
In the long paragraph above, the writer pretty well nails it, though it shouldn't take that long. This was one of several songs Dylan wrote about the time when he "moved on" from what many considered the sacred camp of "real folk music." The other two are Maggie's Farm which he sang at Newport that famous night in 1965, and also Tamborine Man. "To dance beneath the velvet sky with one hand waving free..... and but for the sky there are no fences facing." But everybody wants you too be just like them. They sing while you slave and I just get bored" Dylan was moving on, following (as always) his own muse, but I think he felt some degree of hurt at the vehemence of those who felt he was a Judas. But for that pristine and holy "real folk music" movement, it was indeed "all over now." The times were changing fast. Breaking free of outside constraints and being free are recurring themes in many Dylan songs.
anonymous Oct 7th, 2010 10:30am report
This song is simple: A bad breakup, resulting in possessions being grabbed and even street people getting a hold of your sheets and clothing. Hit the highway (51 ?) ? Time to go back home like the soldiers and sailors...... leaving your previous life behind (stepping stones, your dead). Light another cigarette and move on.
To a request about this song and it's meaning, in my earlier comments I gave my thoughts on "baby blue" this is what Dylan is all about, every time you hear a Dylan song another light bulb turns on in your brain. Hearing it the other night for the zillionth time it is about leaving the hardcore folk music to expand on the next higher level. It's like a message to the old guard folk singers like Pete Seegar and all telling them to take what ever they think will last, but whatever you want to take you better grab it fast. and telling them to strike another match go start anew was a very popular way of a type of unity as they swayed back and forth with tears rolling down the female's faces and men too. This statement although honorable was quickly halted with too many people throwing the matches away after burning their fingers. It also was deemed a fire hazard, especially at indoor venues causing how many small fires the Good Lord only knows. besides matches were being frowned apon 1st from the people who opposed smoking, unless it was a joint. 2nd bic lighters were making matches obsolete. That too was replaced with little flash lights which also were frowned apon because of the dangers of shit faced members of the audience throwing them like fastballs at the stadium. So now they wave their hands over their head which will end shortly because people have more hair under their arms than on their heads and hygiene is not near the top priority to them so on a hot summer night you get a nice 90 minutes of 30,000 people's b.o. anyway back to it's all over now baby blue can also be attributed to Suzie Rotello leaving for a trip to Spain to buy him a pair of boots made of Spanish leather and her sister Carla who hated Dylan like a frenchman hates a shower again there was a song about her I believe it is ballad in plain d but could be wrong, and a few years or months later was standing at her door a success wearing expensive clothes and not the vagabond who was rapping at her door, standing in the clothes that you once wore. Meaning the tables turned and he was on top and she at the bottom which could lead to a couple of other songs where Dylan sang basically the same words eg; idiot wind that's about it for now. my brain is starting to hurt
dylan first sang this at the newport jazz festival.after doing his set with acoustic guitar, he took a break. when the curtain came up there were drums on stage and electric guitars. dylan started playing folk-rock and there was revolution in the air. afteranother short break, he came back with his harp and acoustic guitar and sang baby blue .the crowd went wild again, thinking the rock songs were a put on. he then walked off stage to cheers. it wasn't til later that they started to understand what the song really meant. it wasn't about a breakup with a girl which could be joan baez. it was really about dylan going to folk rock and was saying good bye to the old dylan and hello to the new one, actually the first lines pointed to that "you must leave now take what you want, but whatever it is you better grab it fast,"one of the songs he sang like a rolling stone redefined the world of music and it still does today. a lot of people have differing feelings about baby blue for in the years after a lot of his songs had various interpretations. which is why he remains popular today and will be for who knows how many hundreds of years to come? i mean colleges have courses on dylan.
outrage.... Mar 7th, 2010 3:37am report
1960's anti-Vietnam, anti-Establishment version of Bugle Boy from Company B. Modern day, enlisted, soldier going off to that war is Baby Blue. I believe it was Dylan's F you to a soldier supporting the cause with his enlistment, values, politics and blind patriotism.
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