I am kind of in a nostalgic mood lately. My wife has pulled out of storage several of my old record albums from the 1960s. The one on the top of the heap right now is Bob Dylan’s first, and I kind of think best, albums entitled “The Freewheeling Bob Dylan”. About the only thing I spent much money on besides tuition payments during those years was record albums. As I was looking over the song lists in the album one stuck to me and that is the title of this post.
Here are some of the lyrics.
I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
But goodbye’s too good a word, gal
So I’ll just say fare thee well
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right
Bob Dylan just seemed to reflect my mood in those rumbling years of the 60’s. He said what I wished I had been able to. I don’t know the background behind this song but it was probably about a past relationship he had. I always wanted to be “freewheeling” but never really managed that lifestyle.
Forgiveness is something that most of us have a hard time accomplishing. I think this song is kind of like that. I guess Bob was expecting something that he didn’t get but that is just the way life goes sometimes.
If somehow someone gave me back the sense of hearing for just one day I think I might spend it listening to some of these old albums and reminiscing about the good old days. But if that doesn’t happen I won’t think twice, it’s all right.