Song of the Day #1,536: ‘One Too Many Mornings’ – Bob Dylan

Arriving at an artist like Bob Dylan during this musical genome project, I find the script has flipped.

It suddenly doesn’t make much sense to talk about my appreciation for Dylan’s music in terms of how he fits into my five categories. Rather, it becomes pretty clear that Bob Dylan’s music is likely the reason I’m drawn to those categories in the first place.

Bob Dylan is without question the most important musical influence of my life. I discovered him in my mid-teens, when the reptilian centers of my brain were still evolving, when I was quickly becoming the person I would forever be.

So is it any wonder that I gravitate toward the music of ‘Folk Rock Derivatives,’ when the grandest folk rock pioneer of them all shaped my musical tastes?

Could the ‘Country Plus’ appreciation that flowered in recent years have its seeds in the Dylan of Nashville Skyline or the Americana flavors of The Basement Tapes?

And all those sweet, sad, ‘Melancholy’ tunes I treasure… can I trace that preference back to the countless hours I spent listening to Dylan’s most mournful tracks (like today’s SOTD) through headphones in my 10th grade bedroom?

Now Bob Dylan doesn’t account for my ‘Piano Men’ or ‘Pure Pop’ categories, but I have another theory about at least one of those. Stay tuned tomorrow.

Down the street the dogs are barkin’
And the day is a-gettin’ dark
As the night comes in a-fallin’
The dogs’ll lose their bark
An’ the silent night will shatter
From the sounds inside my mind
For I’m one too many mornings
And a thousand miles behind

From the crossroads of my doorstep
My eyes they start to fade
As I turn my head back to the room
Where my love and I have laid
An’ I gaze back to the street
The sidewalk and the sign
And I’m one too many mornings
An’ a thousand miles behind

It’s a restless hungry feeling
That don’t mean no one no good
When ev’rything I’m a-sayin’
You can say it just as good.
You’re right from your side
I’m right from mine
We’re both just one too many mornings
An’ a thousand miles behind

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,536: ‘One Too Many Mornings’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Andrea Katz says:

    I was hooked too, although a couple of years later, third year of collerge in Gainesville. This music resonates in my heart and really cuts deep, emotionally. I appreciate your taste and today’s choice. Respect!

  2. Dana says:

    Well, I suppose you could argue that the music you heard before Dylan, through your family or osmosis (Joel, both Simons, though probably not Sinatra), set you down the path to love Dylan. Ironically, though, most if not all of that music traces roots back to Dylan anyway, so it all comes full circle.

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