Bob Dylan- Lenny Bruce – Tangled Up In Blue – Military Academy West Point 15 October 1994

Bob Dylan- Lenny Bruce - Tangled Up In Blue - Military Academy West Point 15 October 1994

Bob Dylan
Military Academy West Point
New York
Saturday, 15th October 1994
DVDylan ID: D583
01. Lenny Bruce
02. Tangled Up In Blue


Lenny Bruce

Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity.

This song is about the comedian Lenny Bruce, who was famous for his raunchy material that landed him on trial for obscenity charges in the ’60s. Dylan explores how Bruce was vilified for his words, when he never committed any real crimes. Bruce died of a drug overdose in 1966 at age 40, and became an icon after his death – a symbol for how a myopic society can destroy an artist before he can be appreciated. Lenny Bruce also gets a mention in the R.E.M. song It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) and appears on The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album cover.


Bob Dylan – Lenny Bruce  Lyrics

Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lives on and on
Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon
He was an outlaw, that’s for sure
More of an outlaw than you ever were
Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit’s livin’ on and on

Maybe he had some problems, maybe some things that he couldn’t work out
But he sure was funny and he sure told the truth and he knew what he was talkin’ about
Never robbed any churches nor cut off any babies’ heads
He just took the folks in high places and he shined a light in their beds
He’s on some other shore, he didn’t wanna live anymore

Lenny Bruce is dead but he didn’t commit any crime
He just had the insight to rip off the lid before its time
I rode with him in a taxi once
Only for a mile and a half, seemed like it took a couple of months
Lenny Bruce moved on and like the ones that killed him, gone

They said that he was sick ’cause he didn’t play by the rules
He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools
They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants and shirts
He fought a war on a battlefield where every victory hurts
Lenny Bruce was bad, he was the brother that you never had

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