MR TAMBORINE MAN

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  • MR TAMBORINE MAN
    Mr. Tambourine Man” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan and featured on his
    1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, produced by Tom Wilson. It was a number one
    single on the Billboard Hot 100 by The Byrds, recorded on January 20, 1965, before the
    release of Dylan’s own version. The single arrived in the shops on April 12, 1965, and
    was later included on their debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man”, released around the
    time the single topped the charts. The album brought the folk rock sound into mainstream
    American consciousness. Structurally, the song is notable for the fact that it begins with
    an iteration of the chorus, rather than following the conventional pop song structure,
    which typically employs a brief instrumental introduction that leads into the first verse.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.
    Though I know that evenin’s empire has returned into sand,
    Vanished from my hand,
    Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.
    My weariness amazes me, I’m branded on my feet,
    I have no one to meet
    And the ancient empty street’s too dead for dreaming.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.
    Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin’ ship,
    My senses have been stripped, my hands can’t feel to grip,
    My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
    To be wanderin’.
    I’m ready to go anywhere, I’m ready for to fade
    Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,
    I promise to go under it.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.
    Though you might hear laughin’, spinnin’, swingin’ madly across the sun,
    It’s not aimed at anyone, it’s just escapin’ on the run
    And but for the sky there are no fences facin’.
    And if you hear vague traces of skippin’ reels of rhyme
    To your tambourine in time, it’s just a ragged clown behind,
    I wouldn’t pay it any mind, it’s just a shadow you’re
    Seein’ that he’s chasing.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.
    Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind,
    Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
    The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
    Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
    Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
    Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
    With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
    Let me forget about today until tomorrow.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you.