Bob Dylan “I Believe in You”

06 Dec

I have mentioned this in a blog before, but I have been listening to more Bob Dylan recently and I cannot get this song out of my head. There is something enduring about Dylan’s songs. It is deeper than just the catchy pop melodies that get stuck in you brain and you get angry because they won’t go away. Dylan has the enduring, folk, persecuted-individualistic, thoughtful song writing ability to produce songs that will be around long after I am gone. This song is from Slow Train Coming (1979). The first of Dylan’s so-called trio of Christian albums. This song speaks of the prophet-pilgrim that stands alone in pursuit of God. It is a passion prayer. It is a song of faith and confidence and it is easy to play on guitar.

I Believe in You
Bob Dylan

They ask me how I feel
And if my love is real
And how I know I’ll make it through.
And they, they look at me and frown,
They’d like to drive me from this town,
They don’t want me around
‘Cause I believe in you.

They show me to the door,
They say don’t come back no more
‘Cause I don’t be like they’d like me to,
And I walk out on my own
A thousand miles from home
But I don’t feel alone
‘Cause I believe in you.

I believe in you even through the tears and the laughter,
I believe in you even though we be apart.
I believe in you even on the morning after.
Oh, when the dawn is nearing
Oh, when the night is disappearing
Oh, this feeling is still here in my heart.

Don’t let me drift too far,
Keep me where you are
Where I will always be renewed.
And that which you’ve given me today
Is worth more than I could pay
And no matter what they say
I believe in you.

I believe in you when winter turn to summer,
I believe in you when white turn to black,
I believe in you even though I be outnumbered.
Oh, though the earth may shake me
Oh, though my friends forsake me
Oh, even that couldn’t make me go back.

Don’t let me change my heart,
Keep me set apart
From all the plans they do pursue.
And I, I don’t mind the pain
Don’t mind the driving rain
I know I will sustain
‘Cause I believe in you.

Copyright © 1979 Special Rider Music


Posted by on December 6, 2006 in Life


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4 responses to “Bob Dylan “I Believe in You”

  1. Magdalena Studios

    December 6, 2006 at 11:38 am

    this is my favorite song from this period of dylan’s journey.

    If you check you-tube there is a beautiful version of him singing it.

    thanks for reminding me.

  2. Santosh

    December 6, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    I am a huge huge Dylan fan. I’ve seen him in concert three times – twice I had front row.

    My three favourite albums are:

    1. Time Out of Mind
    2. Bringing it All Back Home
    3. Live at the Gaslight

    His last three albums are amazing.

  3. derek vreeland

    December 7, 2006 at 2:09 am

    I am a rookie in terms of true Dylan fans. I have owned Saved and Slow Train Coming for years, but it wasn’t until I got my iPOD and was loading older CDs on it that I began listening to Dylan. I have added Modern Times to my Christmas list.

    Thanks for the youtube heads up. I am going to post the video on the blog. I really like the SNL video.


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    December 19, 2006 at 11:39 pm

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