A Dylan-tastic week of Bob Dylan songs: Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

It’s going to be a ‘Dylan-tastic’ week, with a Bob Dylan song every day. Here’s the first song, Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right. Written in 1962 and released in 1963, and on the LP The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

The Dylan songbook accompanied my late teenage years. I won’t prattle on about his influence on the culture of the time, other than to say the freshness of his music, originality of his lyrics, were the backdrop to an amazing period of change. While Dylan never wanted to be anyone’s hero. He is one of mine,

Here’s a couple of peerless lines from from this break-up song. Lyrics below the video.

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you dont know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t matter anyhow

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m travelin’ along
Don’t think twice, it’s alright

Well, it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
That light I never knowed
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
I’m on the dark side of the road

Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
But we never did too much talkin’ anyway
So don’t think twice, it’s alright

It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
Like you never done before
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
I can’t hear you any more

I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wonderin’ walkin down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don’t think twice, it’s alright

So I’m walkin’ down that long lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But goodbye’s too good a word, babe
So I’ll just say fare thee well

I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s alright

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