Friday, May 27, 2011
My favorite verse from "Girl From the North Country, " a Bob Dylan song that Keith Richards selects as his favorite in the Dylan 70th Birthday Tribute in Rolling Stone Magazine (a song he says is Dylan being innocent, true - not jaded and ironic):
"I'm a-wonderin' if she remembers me at all
Many times I've often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day."
I like how, many times he's often prayed. I also like that Dylan first sings the deeply-grooved metaphor about yearning for something in darkness, "the dark night of the soul" - from another mystic, John of the Cross, whose book I'm languishing to read - but then explodes and expands it with the opposite on the next line. So simple, obvious. And true - even in the day he is struck with longing for her! I believe him.
It's tucked into this weekly rite.