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Old 01-05-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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Sunday Dispatch .415


Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.


~Bob Dylan
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Confusing
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
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Not if you take the time to read the words and think.
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Confusing
That's what makes the best Dylan tracks.
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Not if you take the time to read the words and think.

I did, is like, there´s truth in a surreal way
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Old 01-06-2009, 07:40 PM   #6
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This is really not one of Dylan's better efforts, is it?
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Old 01-06-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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From wikipedia:

The song "Neighborhood Bully" is often regarded as a thinly-disguised defense of Israel's foreign policy. In the first nine stanzas, Dylan defends Israel by offering up several justifications, whereas in the last two stanzas, the accuser asks questions to an imaginary audience. In the fourth stanza, Dylan references a historical event that led to further quarrels between Israel and Iraq: Israel's bombing of the Osirak nuclear reactor near Baghdad on June 7, 1981, in Operation Opera. Most of the world condemned Israel's attack, but Israel claimed that the plant was involved in the production of nuclear weapons that would have been used against it. Dylan commented extensively on the song in a 1984 interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.[1] In 2001, the Jerusalem Post described the song as "a favorite among Dylan-loving residents of the territories".

Interview where Bob Dylan talks about the song:

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bob Dylan (1984) : Rolling Stone
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This is really not one of Dylan's better efforts, is it?

It's a matter of opinion I guess,but I think this is his best statement on his view of Israel.



Thank you all for your comments, views...and the interview posted purpleoscar
Here's a blog with a few comments on the lyrics
and a YouTube video of the song:
Rock Turtleneck: Neighborhood Bully?

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It's a matter of opinion I guess,but I think this is his best statement on his view of Israel.



Thank you all for your comments, views...and the interview posted purpleoscar
Here's a blog with a few comments on the lyrics
and a YouTube video of the song:
Rock Turtleneck: Neighborhood Bully?

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Thanks for drawing attention to this.

I will continue to listen to Dylan's music from time to time.

I will think twice about buying any more of his CD's however.
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Thanks for drawing attention to this.

I will continue to listen to Dylan's music from time to time.

I will think twice about buying any more of his CD's however.
How very pious of you.

Did you expect anything else from a man named Robert Zimmerman?

I'm sure he's really going to be missing the three cents he gets from your album purchase.
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