Not Dark Yet

22 Aug


When I first I heard this Bob Dylan song many years ago I thought the melody beautiful and the poetry astonishing. It touched me deeply

But I was younger then and did not fully appreciate the melancholy, the sorrow, the hopelessness, and the heartbreaking awareness of mortality.

I understand it now.



Song ‘Not Dark Yet’ written and performed by and © Bob Dylan

This post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant


Not Dark Yet

Shadows are falling and I been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep and time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t let me heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
Well my sense of humanity is going down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writin’ what was in her mind
I just don’t see why I should even care
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there
Well I been to London and I been to gay Paree
I followed the river and I got to the sea
I’ve been down to the bottom of a whirlpool of lies
I ain’t lookin’ for nothin’ in anyone’s eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.
I was born here and I’ll die here, against my will
I know it looks like I’m movin’ but I’m standin’ still.
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear the murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there



Posted by on August 22, 2018 in Music, Poetry, Still Life


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5 responses to “Not Dark Yet

  1. Romina

    August 22, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Something I listen to frequently.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. nkdwhtguy

    August 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    One of my many favorites from Dylan. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person


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