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Bob Dylan “Gonna Serve Somebody” – video

13 Dec

This video is the second installment of Bob Dylan’s October 1979 appearance on Saturday Night Live. “Gonna Serve Somebody” earned Dylan a Grammy Award in 1980 for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. This song appears on four later Dylan albums, including Dylan & the Dead (1988), recorded with the Grateful Dead.

This song also seemed to rub John Lennon the wrong way. Lennon wrote “Serve Yourself,” in obvious mockery of Dylan’s “Gonna Serve Somebody.” Lennon recorded “Serve Yourself” as a demo on November 14, 1980, before his death on December 8th that year. Lennon’s song (which is filled with profanity) was released in 1998 on Lennon Anthology. The song begins: “You say you found Jesus Christ…he’s the only one…you say you found Buddah sittin’ in the sun, you say you found Mohammed facin’ to the east…you say you found Krishna dancin’ in the street. Well, there’s somethin’ missin’ in this god almighty stew and it’s your mother, your mother, don’t forget your mother, lad. You gotta serve yourself… nobody gonna do it for you…you gotta serve yourself nobody gonna do it for you…” Lennon’s song is a pitful rant, but it does underscore the power of poetry that remains in Dylan’s songs. Good poetry evokes emotion. Here are the lyrics if you want to follow along. Enjoy!

Gonna Serve Somebody
Bob Dylan

You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You might be a rock ‘n’ roll addict prancing on the stage,
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage,
You may be a business man or some high degree thief,
They may call you Doctor or they may call you Chief

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You may be a state trooper, you might be a young Turk,
You may be the head of some big TV network,
You may be rich or poor, you may be blind or lame,
You may be living in another country under another name

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You may be a construction worker working on a home,
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome,
You might own guns and you might even own tanks,
You might be somebody’s landlord, you might even own banks

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride,
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side,
You may be workin’ in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair,
You may be somebody’s mistress, may be somebody’s heir

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Might like to wear cotton, might like to wear silk,
Might like to drink whiskey, might like to drink milk,
You might like to eat caviar, you might like to eat bread,
You may be sleeping on the floor, sleeping in a king-sized bed

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

You may call me Terry, you may call me Timmy,
You may call me Bobby, you may call me Zimmy,
You may call me R.J., you may call me Ray,
You may call me anything but no matter what you say

You’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody.
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Copyright © 1979 Special Rider Music

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Posted by on December 13, 2006 in Life, Uncategorized

 

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