Untold Dylan: “I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours”. To enjoy the song I must forget the meaning and listen to the music and the voice (without a focus on the words) it is awe-inspiring and other worldly. Guilt, blame, responsibility…. So, he’s not asking for his friend to be let off, he’s asking for proportionality in sentencing. Turn, turn, turn again. that the driver has a “sentence to serve”. Your email address will not be published. Its origins however, lie in an 1863 tune by H.S. I have lost friends in car accidents, but that is the price we pay for the great freedom of having cars available to us. “You can’t give Bob Dylan crisps” The story of Bob Dylan, before the show. Sayin' one of your friends Is in trouble deep, Turn, turn to the rain And the wind. The song soon became a hit for Percy. Percy's Song as recorded by Arlo Guthrie (Composed by Bob Dylan) / (## NOTE: This is the Arlo Guthrie version, the chords differ slightly from other versions. Honey, Let me Sing You a Song . ... Woah almost like songs about sex can have double meanings and not everyone writes things with one-track minds. And so Percy’s Song ends. The content of the song is rather explicit, but looking at it in a greater context gives the song an entirely new meaning. He just don’t deserve, Joliet prison And ninety-nine years, Turn, turn to the rain And the wind. A song that is reportedly related to the accident of Bob’s friend Larry Kegan accident which left him in a wheelchair. Percy’s song revolves around the life imprisonment, in the Drifter’s Escape there is the walking out of the courtroom following the lightening strike, and in Ballad of a Friend the death of the man hit by the truck. "Oh My Darling, Clementine" is a popular American Western folk ballad that is most often attributed to performers like Percy Montrose and Barker Bradford. Turn, turn to the rain Irma it took me a moment to place the name – I thought “I know Prunesquallor, but from where…” Then it came back. With the meaning, I feel uncomfortable in a way that I never am with Ballad of a Friend – and yet knowing that Dylan wrote Ballad of a Friend from point of the victim’s friend, and then Percy’s Song from the point of the guilty man’s friend, just one year apart is, well, strange. The key for me is that the narrator appeals not at all that the driver “did not mean it”. Sayin' one of your friends Is in trouble deep, Turn, turn to the rain And the wind. Ask anyone who has performed a song on stage which has multiple repeated lines: it is much harder to pull off than a song with ever changing words. And so at this point, somehow the transmutation of the song from its early origins into the modern day breaks down for me. Now of course most of us don’t much of the time, but that is what the basic law of the road in the UK requires. I enjoyed reading your informed comments. Oh what's the charge Of how this came to be, Turn, turn, turn again. In contrast, Percy's Song is about the unintentional killing by a common person. Sheds a lot of light on the song structure and interesting “notes” on three different stories pulled together to make a lovely oratorial “chord”. Through the night to the day Joy to the World The music for this hymn was arranged by Lowell Mason in 1830, from Handel’s Antioch from the Messiah . This is the one where Percy's life is changed! It is the severity of the sentence and the fact it is “beyond repeal” which sends the narrator to dwell on the disproportionate cruelty and regret echoed in the ballad of “the wind and rain”? Here’s hoping you can include and identify with the narrator and “own the song” in a performance……much like I feel Fairport Convention and Sandy Denny done so well. Well done! It ties up after, what I assume, with Luke trying to kill Percy and Percy surviving. Thanks for reigniting the memory. This song has haunted me for years..Thanks so much for the insight. As I say, it is all so simple, so low key, and that is what makes it work so well, for what is resting on the story is the life of a man – a man who is imprisoned for 99 years. But he was encourage to go on. Listening to the song again today I suddenly thought also of the Drifter’s Escape, perhaps for no reason than that too is a dead simple song and it has a judge in it. Percy’s song revolves around the life imprisonment, in the Drifter’s Escape there is the walking out of the courtroom following the lightening strike, and in Ballad of a Friend the death of the man hit by the truck. This song is brillian and truly a love song /ballad. ##) / CAPO: 2nd Fret / G C G Sa According to the law one can ask for attenuating circumstances ( premeditation or not), and that is perhaps what Dylan wants to apply in this story. My opinion. The last song of the Musical. I never saw light, never saw light All I saw were faded mirrors And dim reflections but You shine, you shine so much brighter, oh. Tell me the trouble, Tell once to my ear, Turn, turn, turn again. Joliet prison And ninety-nine years, Turn, turn to the rain And the wind. Percy and two of the Esquires (not to be confused with the later R&B group) wrote "When A Man Loves A Woman," but he gave the credit to the others. If this is so, consciously or sub-consciously, then it is a remarkable journey for Dylan, for in Ballad for a Friend he is saying goodbye to a dear friend seriously injured in a car crash, (in the song the character actually dies) while in Percy’s Song he is pleading against the disproportionate sentence of man-slaughter for a man whose driving has killed four. So he went on stage and made up the song "When a man loves a woman" right on the spot, because he was so heartbroken. Required fields are marked *, The meaning behind the music and words of Bob Dylan. If you want a perfect example of how to carry it off, then the 1963 Carnegie Hall recording of Percy’s Song is it. But there the judge is sympathetic to the accused – it is the jury who gets it all wrong. Turn, turn to the rain Come to me where I sleep Thompson called "Down By the River Liv'd a Maiden." Love the tunes in all of its itirations, but there’s not much sympathy or sorrow for the lives, loves, futures lost or the wave of grief rolling through a family, from parents, brothers, sisters grandparents and friends. Wonderfully sung. And the wind. One way or another though, Dylan is never a fan of the legal system. And the only tune Turn, turn, turn again Ballad for a Friend which deals with an actual motor crash was recorded the year before. And I played my guitar Through the night to the day Turn, turn, turn again And the only tune Love the tunes in all of its itirations, but there’s not much sympathy or sorrow for the lives, loves, futures lost or the wave of grief rolling through a family, from parents, bothers, sisters grandparents and friends. We don’t do 99 year sentences for manslaughter in England, but I don’t think we let people off on the grounds that they didn’t mean it, either. Tell me the trouble, Tell once to my ear, Turn, turn, turn again. But it is not the question of how original this song is as a Dylan song that fascinates me, but the beauty of the rendition in the Carnegie Hall version. Was, “Oh the Cruel Rain I first heard this song from a Dylan boxset where it was juxtaposed with "Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol" wherein a socialite commits an intentional murder and is receives virtually nothing more than a slap on the wrist. My view on driving is that anyone who completes a journey without having an accident should consider themselves lucky, and look to John Bradford’s words: “There but for the grace of God go I”. And he will never come back, or does he. Oh what's the charge Of how this came to be, Turn, turn, turn again. And the wind. I suppose for me i have to listen to the meaning and have to buy it as anyone would have to in order to then relate it in a performance. You have to do something to those endless repeats in order to take the audience with you, but it is so easy to go over the top when you sing the same line for the sixth time or more. A blanket, enforced, 30km/h speed limit would reduce injuries but cripple personal freedom: it would also dramatically increase air pollution! You never get tired of the repeated lines, you are utterly spellbound by the story, and its journey.