‘Congratulations’ finds Bob Dylan in crooner mode, a combination that shouldn’t work but often does. According to the publishing credits on the album, Dylan wrote this song as well, which might explain why he got lead vocal duties over, say, Roy Orbison.
The YouTube user who posted this clip wrote “For all you grads out there, congratulations!” in the comments, apparently missing the fact that the track is a sarcastic response to a woman who broke the singer’s heart.
Congratulations for tearing it all apart
Congratulations, you finally did succeed
Congratulations for leaving me in need
This morning I looked out my window and found
A bluebird singing, but there was no one around
At night, I lay alone in my bed
With an image of you goin’ around in my head
Congratulations for bringing me down
Congratulations, now I’m sorrow bound
Congratulations, you got a good deal
Congratulations, how good you must feel
I guess that I must have loved you more than I ever knew
My world is empty now ’cause it don’t have you
And if I had just one more chance to wind your heart again
I would do things differently, but what’s the use to pretend?
Congratulations for making me wait
Congratulations, now it’s too late
Congratulations, you came out on top
Congratulations, you never did know when to stop