Sunday, May 25, 2008

Happy Birthday Zimmerman - Bob Dylan

Babbazee, the Outraged Spleen of Zion, has a sterling birthday tribute to the one and only Bob Dylan, aka, Robert Alan Zimmerman.

Happy Birthday Zimmerman!

Bob Dylan - When He Returns
Live at Massey Hall,
Toronto CN 20 April 1980

The iron hand
it ain't no match for the iron rod,
The strongest wall will crumble and fall
to a mighty God.
For all those who have eyes
and all those who have ears
It is only He who can reduce me to tears.
Don't you cry
and don't you die
and don't you burn
For like a thief in the night,
He'll replace wrong with right
When He returns.

Truth is an arrow
and the gate is narrow
that it passes through,
He unleashed His power
at an unknown hour
that no one knew.
How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?
Can I cast it aside, all this loyalty and this pride?
Will I ever learn that there'll be no peace,
that the war won't cease
Until He returns?

Surrender your crown on this blood-stained ground,
take off your mask,
He sees your deeds,
He knows your needs even before you ask.
How long can you falsify and deny what is real?
How long can you hate yourself for the weakness you conceal?
Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned,
He's got plans of His own to set up His throne
When He returns

Robert Allen Zimmerman (Hebrew name: Zushe ben Avraham) was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota,[16] and raised there and in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Iron Range west of Lake Superior. Research by Dylan’s biographers has shown that his paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, emigrated from Odessa in Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States after the antisemitic pogroms of 1905.[17] Dylan himself has written (in his 2004 autobiography, Chronicles) that his paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kyrgyz and her family originated from Istanbul, although she grew up in the Kağızman district of Kars in Eastern Turkey. He also wrote that his paternal grandfather was from Trabzon on the Black Sea coast of Turkey.[18] His mother’s grandparents, Benjamin and Lybba Edelstein, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in America in 1902.

Read more at Babbazee's The Outraged Spleen of Zion: Happy Birthday Bobby Z

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