A Day To Remember: September 11, 2001


I had pre-ordered Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft, it’s release date was…..you guessed it. September 11, 2001. The store I had ordered it from closed and I had to wait until the next day to get it.

MississippiLove and Theft

Here’s a tribute to those who never got to hear it, who gave their lives, to a cause greater than themselves.

May God bless those families who lost loved ones.

Let us never forget.

God Bless America

Ain’t Talkin’ (Just Reflectin’) with video link (re-post)


Ain’t Talkin’

 I just had to add this awesome video to these lyrics. Enjoy!

Thank you Sonia!

One of my Christmas  presents was the new Bob Dylan cd, “Modern Times”. This is the last track on the cd. Take a read (or a listen) if you will, and see what it is that he “Ain’t Talkin’ ” about. Here is my interpretation.

                           Ain’t Talkin’

                  Bob Dylan
As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden,
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine,                                           
I was passin' by yon cool crystal fountain,
Someone hit me from behind.
 
Ain't talkin',just walkin 
Through this weary world of woe.  
Heart burnin',still yearnin' 
No one on earth would ever know.
 
They say prayer has the power to heal, 
so pray for me, mother.
In the human heart, an evil spirit will dwell. 
I am a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others,
But oh mother things ain't goin' well.

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
I'll burn that bridge before you can cross. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost.
 
Now I'm all worn down by weeping, 
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry.
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping, 
I'll just slaughter'em where they lie.

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Through the world mysterious and vague. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' through the cities of the plague.
 
Well, the whole world is filled with speculation, 
The whole wide world which people say is round. 
They will tear your mind away from contemplation, 
They will jump on your misfortune when you're down.
 
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Eatin' hog-eyed grease in a hog-eyed town. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Some day you'll be glad to have me around.
 
They will crush you with wealth and power. 
Every waking moment you could crack. 
I'll make the most of one last extra hour, 
I'll avenge my father's death when I step back.

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Hand me down my walkin' cane. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Got to get you out of my miserable brain.
 
All my loyal and my much-loved companions 
They approve of me and share my code. 
I practice a faith that's been long abandoned 
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
My mule is sick, my horse is blind. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Thinkin' 'bout that gal I left behind.
 
Well, it's bright in the heavens and the wheels are flyin', 
Fame and honor never seem to fade. 
The fire gone out but the light is never dyin'. 
Who says I can't get heavenly aid'

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Carryin' a dead man's seal. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' with a toothache in my heel.
 
The suffering is unending; 
Every nook and cranny has its tears. 
I'm not playing, I'm not pretending, 
I'm not nursing any superfluous fears.

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Walkin' ever since the other night.
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' till I'm clean out of sight.
 
As I walked out in the mystic garden 
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn.
Excuse me, ma'am, I beg your pardon: 
There's no one here, the gardener is gone.

Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Up the road, around the bend. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
In the last outback at the world's end. 
 
   Copyright © 2006 Special Rider Music

Book ’em, Dano!


Besides the Bob Dylan cd, my family (and friends) gave me some great books this Christmas. I thought I would share them with you.

Catholic and Christian by Alan Schreck:It was written in 1984 but is an excellent resource to help explain misunderstood Catholic beliefs. He( Mr. Schreck) was (and may still be) an associate professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.

A Father Who Keeps His Promises; Hail,Holy Queen; First Comes Love by Scott Hahn:Written in 1998,2001 and 2002. Dr. Hahn is a convert to Catholocism from the pulpit of the Presbyterian tradition. He is also a professor of theology and scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. I have also read his conversion story, Rome Sweet Home, written with his wife Kimberly. At this time I’ve read Hail, Holy Queen and I’m half-way through First Comes Love. A Father Who Keeps His Promises is about God’s Covenant love in Scripture. Hail, Holy Queen is about the Mother of God in the Word of God, and First Comes Love is about finding your family in the Church and the Trinity.

The last two I received, I found myself, at a little flea market in south Alabama while visiting my father.

Life Is Worth Living: First and Second Series; Lift Up Your Heart by Fulton J. Sheen.He’s a bit deep but he is able to simplify and make sense of the heavier doctrines. These were written in 1955 and 1952.

Just thought I’d share this with everyone. Happy reading and God bless!

Just Interpretin’ (Ain’t Talkin’ by Bob Dylan)


 

 

 

 

 

 

I had to add this video, to my interpretation. This is awesome!!

Thanks Sonia!!

With so many parallels to the Passion of Christ (suffering, death and Resurrection) no wonder this song was instantly my favorite!

Here’s how I see it:

Verse 1 : The song starts out ” in the mystic garden” (Gethsemane) at night; it ends “in the garden” in the daytime with someone ( Mary Magdala) asking about the gardener, when His body wasn’t found (Jn. 20:15). 

Refrain: After His 33 years of life, would anyone know who He was?

Verse 2: Praying in the garden, He pleads for His mother (Mary) to pray for Him, who else would truly know who He was?! His humanity struggles as  He anticipates His suffering at the hand of “his neighbors.”

Refrain: His act of redemption, forces “you” to choose your destiny.

Verse 3 : As He continues to pray, we see the anxiety of the “take this cup from Me” prayer. His sleeping “opponents” are those (people and demons) who haven’t chosen God’s way, and His sacrifice “slaughters” the sting of death.

Refrain: “The world mysterious and vague” and “cities of the plague” refer to the worlds overall falleness, and then specifically, to humanities sin.

Verse 4: Everyone “speculated” who this [Jesus] might be, but their “contemplation” was “torn away” by the Religious Leaders.

Refrain: “eatin’ hog-eyed grease in a hog-eyed town” since swine are unclean animals, the lowest of the low for a righteous Jew would be to eat pork, in this case, Jesus clothed in all humility(seems to let) the holiness of God to be trampled on by sinners.

Verse 5: “crush you with wealth and power. Every waking moment you could crack” speaks of Judas Iscariot.” one last extra hour” refers to Matt. 26:40, “So you could not keep watch with Me for one hour?” As His disciples slept while He prayed.”Avenge my fathers death when I step back”, reversing the curse brought on by humanities “father” Adam. Jesus “steps back” in time to redeem all humanity from sins past and bringing back spiritual life.

Refrain: “walkin’ cane” refers to the Holy Spirit, to help Him focus on the task at hand and not the circumstances around it.

Verse 6: refers to the 12 disciples (and His other faithful followers), the “faith that has been long abandon” is obedience, “to obey is better than sacrifice”(1 Sam. 15:22, Ps. 40: 7-9, Heb. 10:5-7) “no alters on this long and lonesome road.”

Refrain: “sick mule” is all this humility has left Him feeling sick, “blind horse” (His power) is harnessed by His humanity and the direction He’s going at this moment, He can’t see. The “gal” is His Bride(the Church), the Groom has to leave for now, but will return for Her soon.

Verse 7: He (Jesus) now sees a heavenly vision, maybe when an Angel ministered to Him in the garden( Lk. 22:43). “Who says I can’t get heavenly aid” points to Matt. 26:53.

Refrain: “carryin’ a dead mans seal” (the Cross) nothing said you were going to die better than carrying your own cross through town! And (I think) the coolest reference in the song; “walkin’ with a toothache in my heel” clearly refers to Gen.3:15,”He will strike at your head; while you strike at His heel.”

Verse 8: The pain and suffering and shame, hanging on the cross. He didn’t overstate His fear.

Refrain: “walkin’ ’till I’m clean out of sight” gives up His spirit (death) Jn.19:30.

Verse 9: As mentioned in verse1, Mary Magdala at the tomb.

Refrain: The Ascension and ultimately the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

Blessed be God ; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, forever and ever!

Amen.

Ain’t Talkin’ (Just Reflectin’)


Ain’t Talkin’

 

One of my Christmas  presents was the new Bob Dylan cd, “Modern Times”. This is the last track on the cd. Take a read (or a listen) if you will, and see what it is that he “Ain’t Talkin’ ” about. Here is my interpretation.

                           Ain’t Talkin’

                  Bob Dylan
As I walked out tonight in the mystic garden,
The wounded flowers were dangling from the vine,                                           
I was passin' by yon cool crystal fountain,
Someone hit me from behind. 
Ain't talkin',just walkin 
Through this weary world of woe.  
Heart burnin',still yearnin' 
No one on earth would ever know. 
They say prayer has the power to heal, 
so pray for me, mother.
In the human heart, an evil spirit will dwell. 
I am a-tryin' to love my neighbor and do good unto others,
But oh mother things ain't goin' well.
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
I'll burn that bridge before you can cross. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
There'll be no mercy for you once you've lost. 
Now I'm all worn down by weeping, 
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry.
If I catch my opponents ever sleeping, 
I'll just slaughter'em where they lie.
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Through the world mysterious and vague. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' through the cities of the plague. 
Well, the whole world is filled with speculation, 
The whole wide world which people say is round. 
They will tear your mind away from contemplation, 
They will jump on your misfortune when you're down. 
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Eatin' hog-eyed grease in a hog-eyed town. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Some day you'll be glad to have me around. 
They will crush you with wealth and power. 
Every waking moment you could crack. 
I'll make the most of one last extra hour, 
I'll avenge my father's death when I step back.
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Hand me down my walkin' cane. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Got to get you out of my miserable brain. 
All my loyal and my much-loved companions 
They approve of me and share my code. 
I practice a faith that's been long abandoned 
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
My mule is sick, my horse is blind. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Thinkin' 'bout that gal I left behind. 
Well, it's bright in the heavens and the wheels are flyin', 
Fame and honor never seem to fade. 
The fire gone out but the light is never dyin'. 
Who says I can't get heavenly aid'
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Carryin' a dead man's seal. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' with a toothache in my heel. 
The suffering is unending; 
Every nook and cranny has its tears. 
I'm not playing, I'm not pretending, 
I'm not nursing any superfluous fears.
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Walkin' ever since the other night.
 Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
Walkin' till I'm clean out of sight. 
As I walked out in the mystic garden 
On a hot summer day, a hot summer lawn.
Excuse me, ma'am, I beg your pardon: 
There's no one here, the gardener is gone.
Ain't talkin', just walkin' 
Up the road, around the bend. 
Heart burnin', still yearnin' 
In the last outback at the world's end. 
 
   Copyright © 2006 Special Rider Music

Treasure in heaven


Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be. No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the  other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.   Matt.6:19-24   

No one can serve two masters;this is the main point of this section of scripture. And how relevant it is today. In 1979, Bob Dylan won his first Grammy award with a song titled “You gotta serve somebody” and he was correct! We certainly do! Without quoting the whole song he says,”You gotta serve somebody. It may be the Devil or it may be the Lord, but your gonna have to serve somebody.”

Who is your master? Let’s look within ourselves, deep within ourselves. Do I invest in things that will not last? Do I realize the things I do the most, or spend the most time doing, are the things I value the most?

Jesus commands us not to invest in what will not last, but to invest in heavenly treasures. And whichever we decide, reveals our heart. Jesus is so good about bringing it back to our hearts. Examining our motivations. Making us see where our own loyalities lie.

The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be. Jesus uses this parable here to point out the need for us disciples to take seriously his teaching on the brevity of earthly treasures. Love of God and love of neighbor show themselves to be eternal treasure. The love of mammon doesn’t.

So, who are you gonna serve?