DON’T THINK TWICE IT’S ALRIGHT

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  • DON’T THINK TWICE IT’S ALRIGHT
    “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962, and released
    on the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
    Dylan once introduced “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as “a statement that maybe you
    can say to make yourself feel better… as if you were talking to yourself.” Written around
    the same time Suze Rotolo indefinitely prolonged her stay in Italy, “Don’t Think Twice,
    It’s All Right” is based on a melody taught to Dylan by folksinger Paul Clayton. NPR‘s
    Tim Riley discribed the song as “the last word in a long, embittered argument, a paper-
    thin consolation sung with spite.”
    As well as the melody, a couple of lines were taken from Clayton’s “Who’s Goin’ to Buy
    You Ribbons When I’m Gone?” which was recorded in 1960, two years before Dylan
    wrote “Don’t Think Twice.” Lines taken word-for-word or slightly altered from the
    Clayton song are, “T’ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, darlin’,” and, “So I’m walkin’
    down that long, lonesome road.” On the first release of the song, instead of “So I’m
    walkin’ down that long, lonesome road babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell” Dylan sings
    “So long, honey babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell”. The lyrics were changed when
    Dylan performed live versions of the song and on cover versions recorded by other
    artists.
    It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
    If’in you don’t know by now
    An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
    It’ll never do some how.
    When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
    Look out your window and I’ll be gone
    You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on
    Don’t think twice, it’s all right
    It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
    That light I never knowed
    An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
    I’m on the dark side of the road
    but I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
    To try and make me change my mind and stay
    We never did too much talkin’ anyway
    So don’t think twice, it’s all right
    It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
    Like you never done before
    It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
    I can’t hear you any more
    I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ walkin’ down the road
    I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
    I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
    But don’t think twice, it’s all right
    So long, Honey Babe
    Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
    But Goodbye’s too good a word, babe
    So I’ll just say fare thee well
    I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
    You could have done better but I don’t mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time
    But don’t think twice, it’s all right