[Vision2020] Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 20:30:37 PDT 2016

Tangentially inspired by reference on Vision2020 to the Moscow, Idaho
publication from Sept. 15, 1970, "The Buffalo Free Press,"  on Sept. 12 I
posted the following song lyrics by Bob Dylan, suggesting there is nothing
as good being created in mainstream pop music today.

At that time, I thought some would think I was a nostalgic dinosaur, or
some such thing, living in illusory dreams of the good'ol days, and so

Well, blow me over with a feather!

One month and one day later, Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature!

Who saw that coming?

Nobel website on the award:


New York Times article from today:

from: Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com>
to: Moscow Cares <moscowcares at moscow.com>
cc: Moscow Vision 2020 <vision2020 at moscow.com>
date: Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 8:40 PM
subject: Re: [Vision2020] Forty-six years ago (September 15, 1970)

Compare this popular hit song from 1965 to any current big pop hit song.
Sure, there are great songs still being written.   But I wager there is no
big pop hit song currently
in our culture that comes close to being as good!  WTF happened?

Like A Rolling Stone
Written by: Bob Dylan

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it
You said you’d never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain’t no good
You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain’t it hard when you discover that
He really wasn’t where it’s at
After he took from you everything he could steal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Copyright © 1965 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1993 by Special Rider Music

On Sun, Sep 11, 2016 at 7:35 PM, Moscow Cares <moscowcares at moscow.com>

> The first issue of . . .
> *The Buffalo Free Press*
> Published by students of the University of Idaho
> ------------------------------
> *"The time for change is now.  Without it we will not survive.  Our
> purpose is to be a vehicle of this change.*
> *The Buffalo Free Press assumes responsibility for anything written by the
> staff.  We will print any articles or letters submitted as space allows;
> however, we cannot assume responsibility for these articles.  We will
> strive to be a legitimate forum carrying information to the people so that
> they might best be able to support and defend the Declaration of
> Independence."*
> *- The Staff of the Buffalo Free Press (September 15, 1970)*
> ------------------------------
> http://www.moscowcares.com/BuffaloFreePress/Buffalo_Free_Press_091570.htm
> ---------------------------------
> Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .
> "Moscow Cares"
> http://www.MoscowCares.com <http://www.moscowcares.com/>
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
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