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January 20, 2009 7:33 AM   Subscribe

I once heard this quotation by Bob Dylan to the effect that everybody is struggling in their own way. Anyone know the exact quotation?
posted by goethean to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
"All this talk about equality.
The only thing people really have in common
is that they are all going to die."

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I've got tons more and they're all along the same theme.
posted by watercarrier at 7:42 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


"He who's not busy being born is busy dying."

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posted by watercarrier at 7:44 AM on January 20, 2009


"No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky."


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posted by watercarrier at 7:46 AM on January 20, 2009


No, those aren't it.
posted by goethean at 7:53 AM on January 20, 2009


"If dogs run free, why not we?"
posted by jonmc at 8:02 AM on January 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


"Every step of the way, we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piling up, we struggle and we stray
We're all boxed in, nowhere to escape"
posted by buzbomb at 8:12 AM on January 20, 2009


"God knows there's a purpose,
God knows there's a chance,
God knows you can rise above the darkest hour
Of any circumstance.

God knows there's a heaven,
God knows it's out of sight,
God knows we can get all the way from here to there
Even if we've got to walk a million miles by candlelight."

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"There's a whole lot of people suffering tonight
From the disease of conceit.
Whole lot of people struggling tonight
From the disease of conceit.
Comes right down the highway,
Straight down the line,
Rips into your senses
Through your body and your mind.
Nothing about it that's sweet,
The disease of conceit.

There's a whole lot of hearts breaking tonight
From the disease of conceit,
Whole lot of hearts shaking tonight
From the disease of conceit.
Steps into your room,
Eats your soul,
Over your senses
You have no control.
Ain't nothing too discreet
About of disease of conceit.

There's a whole lot of people dying tonight
From the disease of conceit,
Whole lot of people crying tonight
From the disease of conceit,
Comes right out of nowhere
And you're down for the count
From the outside world,
The pressure will mount,
Turn you into a piece of meat,
The disease of conceit.

Conceit is a disease
That the doctors got no cure
They've done a lot of research on it
But what it is, they're still not sure

There's a whole lot of people in trouble tonight
From the disease of conceit,
Whole lot of people seeing double tonight
From the disease of conceit,
Give ya delusions of grandeur
And a evil eye
Give you idea that
You're too good to die,
Then they bury you from your head to your feet
From the disease of conceit."


Copyright ©1989 Special Rider Music

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posted by watercarrier at 8:47 AM on January 20, 2009


Let's try that again: bobdylan.com has a very thorough collection of lyrics--you might try a site search.
posted by box at 9:19 AM on January 20, 2009


Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
An' for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.


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posted by drjimmy11 at 9:52 AM on January 20, 2009


But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.
posted by Sailormom at 10:10 AM on January 20, 2009


Are you looking for a song lyric, or for something he said in an interview? Things he has told the media have had their own fame, at least in the past.

"Everybody works in the shadow of what they've previously done. But you have to overcome that ..."

"Everybody is entitled to lead a private life. Then again, God watches everybody, so there's nothing really private, there's nothing we can really hide."

A lot of stuff like this is in the compilation Bob Dylan In His Own Words, which is full-text searchable on Google Books if you can think of some other keywords (no hits on "struggle" or "struggling", for example).
posted by dhartung at 10:30 AM on January 20, 2009


Thank you for the guesses, especially the searchable websites.

I'm pretty sure that it was not a song lyric.
posted by goethean at 12:29 PM on January 20, 2009


Something from his book Chronicles along the lines of -- My grandmother always told me to be nice to everyone you meet, because they're all fighthing their own tough battle.
posted by amsterdam63 at 12:56 PM on January 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


My grandmother always told me to be nice to everyone you meet, because they're all fighthing their own tough battle.
That's it!
posted by goethean at 1:35 PM on January 20, 2009


http://books.google.com/books?id=uNOf_w5vWakC&pg=PA20&vq=grandma&dq=dylan+chronicles&source=gbs_search_s&cad=0
posted by goethean at 1:36 PM on January 20, 2009


link
posted by goethean at 1:37 PM on January 20, 2009


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