Can You Guess 20 Bob Dylan Songs From Lyrics Quiz- Level 2
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'Because something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mister Jones?'
'Broke Down Engine'
'Ballad In Plain D'
'Blowin' In the Wind'
'Ballad Of a Thin Man'
Question 1 Explanation:
First released on the 1965 album 'Highway 61 Revisited.' Never one of my personal favorites, but Dylan seems to like it --- it's on four live albums and at least one live single. 'Something is happening' became a sort of watchword in the '60s for the social upheaval that was being urged. Joseph Heller, author of 'Catch-22,' was said to have titled his novel 'Something Happened' after this song.
'Lily was a princess, she was fair-skinned and precious as a child. She did whatever she had to do, she had that certain flash every time she smiled. She'd come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs with men in every walk of life which took her everywhere.'
'Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word'
'Lily, Rosemary & the Jack Of Hearts'
Question 2 Explanation:
A lengthy story-song about a thief in a love triangle, from the otherwise very personal 1975 classic tribute to lost love, 'Blood On the Tracks.'
'Voices echo, this is what salvation must be like after a while. But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues. You can tell by the way she smiles.'
'Visions Of Johanna'
'Venus In Furs'
'Viva Las Vegas'
Question 3 Explanation:
This song was first released on 'Blonde On Blonde.' (The other choices are not not Dylan songs. 'Very Ape' is a Nirvana song, 'Venus' is by the Velvet Underground, and the one who popularized 'Viva Las Vegas' the most, I guess, would be Elvis Presley. Hey, Dylan only has one song that starts with V.)
'God didn't call it treason, God didn't call it wrong. It was supposed to last a season but it's been so strong for so long.'
'Gates Of Eden'
'Gonna Change My Way of Thinking'
Question 4 Explanation:
From the 1990 album 'Under the Red Sky,' an album with simplistic lyrics, almost doggerel, but infused with Christian allegory and symbolism throughout. It confused fans and critics alike.
'If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine.'
'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)'
'I Am a Lonesome Hobo
'I Pity the Poor Immigrant'
Question 5 Explanation:
'...But it's alright, ma, it's life and life only.' From the 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home.'
'Come on out, the dark is just beginning.'
'Changing Of the Guards'
'Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?'
'Chimes Of Freedom'
Question 6 Explanation:
'Use your arms and your legs, it won't ruin you.' A 1965 single only, but released on the 1985 boxed set 'Biograph.'
'Howard just pointed with his gun and said that way...'
'Heart of Mine'
'Highway 61 Revisited'
'Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance'
Question 7 Explanation:
'that way, down Highway 61.' Off the album of the same name. Gotta love a song that starts off, 'God said to Abraham, "Kill Me a son." Abe said, "Man, you must be puttin' me on!"'
'Every time you leave and go off someplace, things fall to pieces in my face.'
'Early Morning Rain'
'Every Grain Of Sand'
'Everything Is Broken'
Question 8 Explanation:
Things fall to pieces... everything broken... Get it? A rockin' blues from the critically acclaimed 1989 album 'Oh Mercy.' It was covered by bluesman R.L. Burnside on a 1999 tribute album.
'Oh, I wish I was on some Australian mountain range.'
'On the Road Again'
'One More Cup Of Coffee'
Question 9 Explanation:
'...I got no reason to be there, but I imagine it must be some kind of change!' From 'Bringing It All Back Home,' the song's title refers to the lines in which the narrator says, 'I might look like Robert Ford, but I feel just like Jesse James.'
'...Just like a little girl.'
'John Wesley Harding'
'Just Like a Woman'
Question 10 Explanation:
'You fake just like a woman, yes you do, but you break just like a little girl.' This gem from 'Blonde On Blonde' was reviled as sexist on its first release. In retrospect, though, it's clear that this is one of Dylan's least vindictive break-up songs, and it's had its defenders as well.
'My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels to be wanderin'. I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade..'
'Make You Feel My Love'
'Million Dollar Bash'
'Mr. Tambourine Man'
Question 11 Explanation:
First released on 'Bringing It All Back Home,' and played live about a bazillion times since. And covered by the Byrds, Judy Collins, Flatt & Scruggs, Crowded House, and many others.
'Standing by God's river, my soul is beginnin' to shake. I'm countin' on you love, to give me a break.'
'Subterranean Homesick Blues'
'Step It Up And Go'
Question 12 Explanation:
This rollicking blues is from the 2001 album 'Love & Theft.' The album was nomintaed for Album of the Year, but lost to the superb 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack. Still, ya gotta give it to Bob, still going strong!
'Drinkin' man listens to the voice he hears in a crowded room full of covered up mirrors, lookin' into the lost forgotten years for...'
Question 13 Explanation:
First released in 1994's 'Greatest Hits 3,' but exposed to the general public on the following year's 'MTV Unplugged' album.
'They tell me everything is gonna be all right, but I don't know what "all right" even means.'
'Tryin' To Get To Heaven'
'Tangled Up In Blue'
Question 14 Explanation:
This song comes from the 1997 album 'Time Out Of Mind,' which won the Album of the Year Grammy, as well as two others. (This was the Grammy awards in which Bob was joined onstage during a performance by an uninvited stage-crasher dancing with the words 'Soy Bomb' written across his chest. Weirdo.)
'Ride, Willie, ride. Roll, Willie, roll.'
'Ring Them Bells'
'Rambling, Gambling Willie'
Question 15 Explanation:
This has to have been a gimme, right? He rides (rambles) and rolls (dice; he gambles). It wasn't a trick question! This song dates to 1962 or so, but wasn't released officially until the 1991 box set 'The Bootleg Series.' It's listed as a Dylan composition, but it has strong roots in very similar traditional material.
'Peace is not welcome at all. It's turned away from the door to wander some more or put up against the wall.'
'Please, Mrs. Henry'
'Positively 4th Street'
Question 16 Explanation:
A cri de coeur against general social injustice, from 'Oh Mercy.'
'Freight train was comin', I had to cry, hummin' all the drivers with my lullaby.'
'Freight Train Blues'
'Froggie Went A-Courtin'
'Fixin' To Die'
'Frankie & Johnny'
Question 17 Explanation:
From his 1962 self-titled debut album, a masterpiece of solo folk blues from the then 20-year-old. This is a traditional tune arranged by Dylan; all of the other choices are as well.
'No one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.'
'Nothing Was Delivered'
'Not Dark Yet'
'Need a Woman'
Question 18 Explanation:
From the 1983 release 'Infidels,' a more secular record that came after a string of blatantly Christian albums. This song, however, is said to be a defense of Zionism (Israel is the 'neighborhood bully' that's surrounded by enemies on all sides and fights alone).
'Union Central is pullin' out and the orchids are in bloom. I've only got me one good shirt left and it smells of stale perfume.'
'Under the Red Sky'
'Up To Me'
'Under Your Spell'
Question 19 Explanation:
This song was recorded for 'Blood On the Tracks.' It was bumped in favor of 'Shelter From the Storm,' with which it shares a tune (but no lyrical similarities). This out-take remained unreleased until the box set 'Biograph.'
'Anybody can be just like me, obviously. But then, not too many can be like you, fortunately.'
'Absolutely Sweet Marie'
'All Along the Watchtower'
'All I Really Wanna Do'
Question 20 Explanation:
'Oh, where are you tonight, Sweet Marie?' First released on the 1966 masterpiece, 'Blonde On Blonde.'
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