Dylan, The Nobel Laureate

"For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition"


Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around itI saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on itI saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’I saw a white ladder all covered with waterI saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all brokenI saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young childrenAnd it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hardAnd it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

— A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, 1962

Bob Dylan, iconic singer and songwriter, was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature, 2016, “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”

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