Bob Dylan: Mr. Tambourine Man Meaning
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Mr. Tambourine Man Lyrics
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
Though I know that evenin's empire has...
anonymous Aug 27th 2006 report
Believe it or not this song is literally about a man who carried around a tambourine and it's about new orleans. I did research and found this in one of his biographies, so quit listening to the movie "dangerous minds".
anonymous Aug 20th 2006 report
This song is about loss and dispair and the use of drugs to escape from reality.
Tambourine man is not only an old fashioned term for a drug dealer, but also what they call the man that leads the funeral procession in new orleans.
The references to not being able to sleep suggest the use of crystal meth, the word trip suggesting lsd. The line magic swirling ship is a phrase referring to heroin - whereby users injecting heroin will pull blood back into the seringe to ensure they get all of the substance into their system.
Though you may hear laughing spinning swinging madly across the sun - ( the effects of the drugs )
escaping on the run - but for the sky there are no fences facing - escapism floating feeling gained from drugs. - hallucinations etc
take me dissapearing through the smoke rings of my mind (pot)far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow - again escaping from reality and grief.
There is much much more I could say about this song but that will do for now!
I think of "Mr. Tamborine Man" as a creative rewrite of "Mr. Sandman", a #1 hit recording by the Chordettes about 10 years earlier. Could "Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me" = "Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream"? "Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand..."
To me, anyway, this one's all about insomnia and a plea for sleep and happy dreams. Consider these clues:
"In the jingle jangle mornin' I'll come following you"
"Left me blindly here to stand, but still not dreaming"
"My weariness amazes me... and the ancient empty streets too dead for dreaming"
"Take me on a trip upon your magic, swirling ship... I'm ready to go anywhere..."
"...there are no fences facing... It's just a shadow..."
The last verse really gives it away:
"Then take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind... Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow... Let me forget about today until tomorrow"
This song makes a wonderful lullaby ideal for mothers to sing young ones to sleep (well, it beats Rock-a-Bye Baby).
Some say this is about drugs, "take me for a ride upon you magic swirling ship." It is a very famous song and it's simple harmonies and broken chords give it a very relaxing feel, something important if the song really was meant to be about smoking pot. It could also simply be about the simplicity of musical inspiration.
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