Bob Dylan has been notoriously silent on politics, especially in endorsing candidates, since the mid-1960s. But in a rare interview with The [London] Times the American music icon speaks glowingly of Senator Barack Obama. From the Times:
Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval, [Bob Dylan] says. Poverty is demoralising. You can't expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor. But we've got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up...Barack Obama. He's redefining what a politician is, so we'll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I'm hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to. He offers a parting handshake. You should always take the best from the past, leave the worst back there and go forward into the future, he notes as the door closes between us.
Click here to read entire Dylan interview, published today.
Top 10: Dylan songs for Obama
1. "The Times They Are a Changin'"
Killer line(s): " Come senators, congressmen / Please heed the call / Don't stand in the doorway / Don't block up the hall / For he that gets hurt / Will be he who has stalled / There's a battle outside / And it is ragin' / It'll soon shake your windows /And rattle your walls / For the times they are a-changin'"
2. "I Believe in You"
Killer line(s): "And no matter what they say / I believe in you"
3. "Changing of the Guards"
Killer line(s): "But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination / Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards"
4. "Chimes of Freedom"
Killer lines(s): "Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight / Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight / An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night / An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing"
5. "When the Ship Comes In"
Killer line(s): " Oh the foes will rise / With the sleep still in their eyes / And they'll jerk from their beds and think they're dreamin' / But they'll pinch themselves and squeal / And know that it's for real / The hour when the ship comes in"