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Opening Arguments

Bob, Bob, Bobin' along

I'm still trying to get my head around the fact that Bob Dylan has a Christmas album. I'm one of the world's biggest Dylan fans, but this still has to rank as one of the oddest musical decisions of all time. The amazon.com site at the link has samples of all the songs. Just listen to him croak out "The First Noel" or "Little Town of Bethlehem" in that bullfrog voice. (But his version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is strangely compelling.)

Here's a more thorough review from another blogger and Dylan fan who admits that some of the tracks sound "patently ridiculous" but "for the most part, to me, it seems heartfelt, nostalgic, mournful, hopeful and funny


Bob G.
Wed, 10/21/2009 - 11:09am

Now I know some people dislike the display of "Christmas", but this album (?) is darn right hurtful to the ears, too!

Like a rolling stone, this boy went and gathered WAY too much "moss".
(but it does keep the stray dogs out of the yard...heh, heh, heh)


Wed, 10/21/2009 - 12:16pm

Perhaps Bob should reflect upon his own lyrics:

No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's Farm no more.
Well, I try my best
To be just like I am,
But everybody wants you
To be just like them.

Leo, as in all good Dylan songs, you have to look for the hidden meaning.

Kevin Knuth
Wed, 10/21/2009 - 4:14pm

I am a fan...but what I heard....well, let's just say this one will NOT be on my Christmas list!

I will stick with this one: