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Poem: Gone Electric

Gone Electric

Our music choice was known as folk
We all laughed at a knock-knock joke
Acoustic was our favorite sound
In D.C. The Beatles played in the round

We cried when JFK was killed that day
And why the war we asked LBJ
Newport Folk Festival was going strong
And Bob Dylan wrote our favorite song

On TV we got Lost in Space
And Ryan O’Neil was on Payton Place
Way back in ’65 the words were supreme
And played the greatest lyricist ever seen

The times changed because of him
Sara Lownds never went to the gym
Just gave him three sons and a little girl
Some before, some after the tour that rocked the world

His acoustic half sounded the same
The electric half critics called a shame
And his music changed the world
Shouts of Judas started to swirl

They hated him at the Royal Albert Hall
And were glad when he took that fall
Some thought after his motorcycle accident
That his life and career were spent.

Eight years before he toured again
Wouldn’t let the critic boss with their pen
And his music never really would change
Though his voice now shows age’s strain

To the arenas we still all come
And he sings never chewing gum
Just Like a Woman, Mr. Tambourine Man and Desolation Row
With Like a Rolling Stone he closes the show.

© 2011 by Jimmie A. Kepler

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1 Comment

  1. Danny Nettleton says:

    Love Dylan! Though I came to his music much later (my first album was love and theft). I wrote this poem about him:

    http://danielnettleton.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/lime-light/

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