Song of the Day #1,822: ‘Obviously 5 Believers’ – Bob Dylan

blondeonblondeBlonde On Blonde is without question one of the towering achievements of Bob Dylan’s career, a two-disc masterpiece chock full of lyrically resonant and sonically fascinating songs.

The album might be best known for the monster ballads ‘Vision of Johanna,’ ‘Just Like a Woman’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ (which, at over 11 minutes, made up the entirety of Disc Two/Side B of the album’s vinyl release). But it contains just as many looser, faster-paced gems.

My favorite is probably the bawdy ‘Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,’ though it’s hard to argue with ‘I Want You’ and ‘Absolutely Sweet Marie.’ Not to mention ‘Pledging My Time’ and the divine ‘Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.’

Already I’ve mentioned enough songs to make up a greatest hits collection, and I haven’t gotten to six others, including today’s Song of the Day.

‘Obviously 5 Believers’ comes between the elegant ‘Fourth Time Around’ and the epic ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ and it’s exactly the feisty jolt the album needs at that point.

Perhaps the most interesting lyric in the song is Dylan’s comment on the “black dog barkin'” in his yard: “Yes, I could tell you what he means If I just didn’t have to try so hard.” Words that could easily apply to Dylan’s own work.

Early in the mornin’
Early in the mornin’
I’m callin’ you to
I’m callin’ you to
Please come home
Yes, I guess I could make it without you
If I just didn’t feel so all alone

Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down
I won’t let you down
I won’t let you down
No I won’t
You know I can if you can, honey
But, honey, please don’t

I got my black dog barkin’
Black dog barkin’
Yes it is now
Yes it is now
Outside my yard
Yes, I could tell you what he means
If I just didn’t have to try so hard

Your mama’s workin’
Your mama’s moanin’
She’s cryin’ you know
She’s tryin’ you know
You better go now
Well, I’d tell you what she wants
But I just don’t know how

Fifteen jugglers
Fifteen jugglers
Five believers
Five believers
All dressed like men
Tell yo’ mama not to worry because
They’re just my friends

Early in the mornin’
Early in the mornin’
I’m callin’ you to
I’m callin’ you to
Please come home
Yes, I could make it without you
If I just did not feel so all alone

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,822: ‘Obviously 5 Believers’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Amy says:

    Yesterday no post; today no song. What’s happening, man?! 🙂 I was eager to hear him sing that line about not wanting to try so hard.

  2. Clay says:

    Sorry, it’s there now. I’ll blame the jet lag. 🙂

  3. Dana says:

    I still am a bigger fan of the more acoustic Blood on the Tracks than Blonde on Blonde, but there are certainly classics abounding on this record. Today’s song is fun, but not as special as others surrounding it.

  4. Amy says:

    Ah, now it’s here. Loving that Boby Dylan sound. Seems as if he’s trying hard enough to make his special blend of music. 🙂

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