A Dylan-tastic week of Bob Dylan songs: It Ain’t Me babe

I’ve posted three Bob Dylan songs so far. I hope you’ve enjoyed them. The previous song – Desolation Row – was more of a long balladeer’s story. This Dylan song – It Ain’t Me Babe, is both shorter, more tuneful, and a tad more upbeat. the song was recorded in June 1964, and appeared on the Dylan LP – Another Side of Bob Dylan.

The version on this video was recorded in 1965 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. As for earlier songs, the lyrics can be seen below the video.

Go ‘way from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I’m not the one you want, babe
I’m not the one you need
You say you’re lookin’ for someone
Who’s never weak but always strong
To protect you an’ defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe

Go lightly from the ledge, babe
Go lightly on the ground
I’m not the one you want, babe
I will only let your down
You say you’re lookin’ for someone
Who will promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes for you
Someone to close his heart
Someone who will die for you an’ more
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe

Go melt back in the night
Everything inside is made of stone
There’s nothing in here moving
An’ anyway I’m not alone
You say you’re looking for someone
Who’ll pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
An’ to come each time you call
A lover for your life an’ nothing more
But it ain’t me, babe
No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe
It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe

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