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Song Lyric Sunday – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

This week’s prompt from Jim Adams for Song Lyric Sunday is “Baby” Spoilt for choice I decided to go with “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” by Bob Dylan. This is one of Dylan’s finest and most memorable. The poetry is exquisite and I wish I could write this well. I hope you enjoy it.

Like “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and “Positively 4th Street,” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” is one of Dylan’s “kiss off” songs, this time sung to someone identified only as “Baby Blue.” The song opens with a bitter declaration:
You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast

By the end of the first verse, however, Dylan’s voice lilts in grief and regret:
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue
The entire song oscillates between these emotions of scorn and sadness. The lyrics combine realist and surrealist images seamlessly and contain some of Dylan’s best-loved lines:
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left, they will not follow you

Over the years, many critics and historians have made their case for who the “real” Baby Blue was. Folk musicians John Baez, David Blue, and Paul Clayton have all been floated as suspects, but thus far none of it has amounted to much beyond loose conjecture.

The song was recorded for Bringing It All Back Home on January 15, 1965, the same day as “Gates of Eden,” “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home album contains a solo acoustic version Dylan recorded on January 13, 1965, but didn’t release. The album also contains a semi-electric version from January 14, 1965.

Dylan generally played his songs live a few times before recording them in studio. With “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” he wanted to get it down on record before he had a chance to become too comfortable with it in concert.

This song appears last on the album and has been categorized as one of Dylan’s “farewell” songs. As such, it continues a pattern established with the two preceding albums, which both also wrapped up with “farewell” songs. “The Times They Are A-Changin'” finishes with “Restless Farewell,” and Another Side of Bob Dylan finishes with “It Ain’t Me Babe.”

“It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” has been covered by many artists over the years including: Them featuring Van Morrison, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Marianne Faithful, Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez.

Joan Baez covered the song on her 1965 album Farewell, Angelina. Baez is one of the most frequently fingered suspects for being the “real” Baby Blue. 

Backstory courtesy of Songfacts


You must leave now, take what you need,
you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep,
you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out, the saints are comin' through
And it's all over now, Baby Blue
The highway is for gamblers,
better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
The sky too is folding under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue
All your seasick sailors, they're all rowing home
Your empty-handed army is all going home
Your lover who just walked out the door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet too is moving under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue
Leave your stepping stones behind there,
something calls for you
Forget the dead you've left,
they will not follow you
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, Baby Blue
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriter: Bob Dylan

It's All over Now, Baby Blue lyrics ©
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Like snowflakes falling
Silently in the night
I am unaware of the beauty
About to unfold in my sight

You stand in front of me
After a lifetime of years
Memories roaring back
Bringing with them tears

Separated as teenagers
Daddy with a shotgun
A baby on the way
Our parents come undone

You travel east
And I am sent west
Never meant to be
We were told it was for the best

You served our country
Our baby was adopted
Turning away from my family
It was never what I wanted

I left them all in the past
My spirit had been broken
Living a better life alone
Another word was never spoken

Here you are now
A ghost from before
A buried secret
We could never ignore

Your smile the same
It’s as if no time had passed
The lonely years forgotten
We are together at last

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

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Sweet Lullaby

Sweet lullaby

I sing to you

To scare away the demons

Who whisper

When no one hears

With no rhyme or reason

Hush baby

Unknown and invisible

Those monsters in your head

Will never get to you

While I am here

Fearing where to tread

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©