by Bob Dylan Nobel Laureate & btwindwillow
Preface: It happens all the time.
Mr. Dylan says it for not only a generation but for a species. There is no forever and always in a young boys heart.
Young ladies impale themselves on this dilemma.
It is a generational cliché spread across songs, poems, and fantasy love novels. There is so much pain it breaks my heart.
I don't know if this will help.
But listen to Dylan explain it in the words of a powerful song. It was, in a way my anthem. The girls wanted forever. I didn't even know about tomorrow.
It ain't me babe.
Go 'way from my window Leave at your own chosen speed I'm not the one you want, babe I'm not the one you need
You say you're lookin' for someone Who's never weak but always strong To protect you an' defend you Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door But it ain't me, babe No, no, no, it ain't me babe It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
Go lightly from the ledge, babe Go lightly on the ground I'm not the one you want, babe I will only let your down
You say you're lookin' for someone Who will promise never to part Someone to close his eyes for you Someone to close his heart
Someone who will die for you an' more But it ain't me, babe No, no, no, it ain't me babe It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
Go melt back in the night Everything inside is made of stone There's nothing in here moving An' anyway I'm not alone
You say you're looking for someone Who'll pick you up each time you fall To gather flowers constantly An' to come each time you call
A lover for your life an' nothing more But it ain't me, babe No, no, no, it ain't me, babe It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe
See why he won the Nobel prize.
He touches on an eternal conflict that goes beyond generation, cultures, or color. It is a universal conundrum.