For Bob Dylan fans only…

Can we talk?

Last week on Sirius radio they played “Most likely you go your way and I’ll go mine,” and it was stunning. After all these years, it sounds better than ever.

Put on Blonde on Blonde, track #9. Jesus! And if you’ve lost it over the years, buy the album. Trust me.

Then time will tell

just who fell

And who’s been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

Several years ago, my neighbor Chick, who has turned me on to music such as J.B. Hutto and the Hawks, gospel singer Dorothy Love Coates, and the radio recordings of Hank Williams — said, “Listen to Blonde on Blonde.” And I did and was knocked out and played Dylan music for weeks.

Boy, was something going on back then! It can almost bring on tears.Click below for words.

You say you love me

And you’re thinkin’ of me

But you know you could be wrong

You say you told me

That you wanna hold me

But you know you’re not that strong

I just can’t do what I done before

I just can’t beg you anymore

I’m gonna let you pass

And I’ll go last

Then time will tell just who has fell

And who’s been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

You say you disturb me

And you don’t deserve me

But you know sometimes you lie

You say you’re shakin’

And you’re always achin’

But you know how hard you try

Sometimes it gets so hard to care

It can’t be this way ev’rywhere

And I’m gonna let you pass

Yes, and I’ll go last

Then time will tell just who fell

And who’s been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

The judge, he holds a grudge

He’s gonna call on you

But he’s badly built

And he walks on stilts

Watch out he don’t fall on you

You say you’re sorry

For tellin’ stories

That you know I believe are true

You say ya got some

Other kinda lover

And yes, I believe you do

You say my kisses are not like his

But this time I’m not gonna tell you why that is

I’m just gonna let you pass

Yes, and I’ll go last

Then time will tell who fell

And who’s been left behind

When you go your way and I go mine

Copyright © 1966 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1994 by Dwarf Music   

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to For Bob Dylan fans only…

  1. first of all let me say I've only been following your blog for about 2 months, but I love it. I think you strike just the right balance between big ideas and personal vignettes. It feels like it comes from the heart, just like your books and I appreciate it.

    On the subject of the 60's revisited (see what I did there…), I wonder if you could do a post specifically on communalism/back to the landism? Something along the lines of your famous refried domes. I think a lot of folks in their 20's and 30's who totally missed the 60's, feel a great affinity for the people and ideas of the time. It seems like these ideas of communes and BttL are appealing right now. I know they are for me. I also know that you've seen and lived in some of these situations and I would really appreciate any insight you could add to this.

    Thanks again for the blog

  2. Adam: With the perspective now of, ulp!, 50 years, I'm tempted to write about this incredible period*, which is pretty much mischaracterized in say 95% of everything I've seen written of it.
    Thanks for the suggestion! Maybe one of these days…


    *which happened before the Diggers ever got to San Francisco, and certainly before the "Summer of Love"

  3. I'm sure you're right. I think for most people my age those times have achieved mythic status almost like the old west. It seems like you've got a good way of expressing things in a functional and pragmatic way. It also seems that the communal thing attracts a lot of idealism, but not much loving constructive criticism.

    I'm sure you've got your hands full, but here's me hoping the time and inspiration find you all at once 😉

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