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Love Minus Zero / No Limit -- Bob Dylan

Guest poem submitted by Zenobia Driver:
(Poem #832) Love Minus Zero / No Limit
 My love she speaks like silence,
 Without ideals or violence,
 She doesn't have to say she's faithful,
 Yet she's true, like ice, like fire.
 People carry roses,
 Make promises by the hours,
 My love she laughs like the flowers,
 Valentines can't buy her.

 In the dime stores and bus stations,
 People talk of situations,
 Read books, repeat quotations,
 Draw conclusions on the wall.
 Some speak of the future,
 My love she speaks softly,
 She knows there's no success like failure
 And that failure's no success at all.

 The cloak and dagger dangles,
 Madams light the candles.
 In ceremonies of the horsemen,
 Even the pawn must hold a grudge.
 Statues made of match sticks,
 Crumble into one another,
 My love winks, she does not bother,
 She knows too much to argue or to judge.

 The bridge at midnight trembles,
 The country doctor rambles,
 Bankers' nieces seek perfection,
 Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring.
 The wind howls like a hammer,
 The night blows cold and rainy,
 My love she's like some raven
 At my window with a broken wing.
-- Bob Dylan
There was this concert in Bombay on Dylan's birthday where a lot of Indian
artists sang his songs. Some of them were putrid singers but some were
really nice. There was someone called Geeta Raheja who sang Joan Baez's
'Diamonds and Rust' and it was brilliant - partly due to the atmosphere - it
was amazing, just when she began, this wind sprang up out of nowhere and the
leaves in the trees started rustling and suddenly the sky turned cloudy -
and there she was on stage, singing beautifully in a plain dark black saree.
Amazing effect. Just for that song alone the concert was worth it. Kim
Cardoz sang 'House of the Rising Sun' really well too. And someone whose
name I disremember sang 'love minus zero'. I had never heard the song before
and fell in love with it. I have no clue what the original is like and
whether he was mauling it, but I liked the way he sang it. Hence the hunt
for the lyrics and this poem.


[Minstrels Links]

Bob Dylan:
Poem #112, Mr.Tambourine Man
Poem #227, Desolation Row

And the inspiration for his assumed name, Dylan Thomas:
Poem #14, Prologue
Poem #38, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Poem #58, The Force that Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
Poem #138, Fern Hill
Poem #225, Poem In October
Poem #270, Under Milk Wood
Poem #335, After the Funeral (In memory of Ann Jones)
Poem #405, Altarwise by Owl-Light (Stanzas I - IV)
Poem #476, In my craft or sullen art
Poem #568, Especially when the October Wind

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David Lewis said...

I just read your comment on the poem "Love Minus Zero" on the web.
Besides the original by Dylan, there are very good versions recorded by
Turley Richards and also Rick Nelson. Of course, you mention the Joan Baez
version, which isn't as good as any of the others.

Best regards,


Brian Volk said...

The Turley Richards version of Love Minus Zero is one of my favorite songs.
It can be hard to find, but you can listen to a _-second sample of it on his
website at [broken link]

Brian V.

Brian Volk said...

The Turley Richards version of Love Minus Zero is one of my favorite songs.
It can be hard to find, but you can listen to a 2-minute sample of it on his
website at [broken link]

Brian V.

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