Sunday, January 4, 2009

Marley and Me - A Bob Dylan Connection

On the last day of my holiday break we went to see Marley and Me at the local multiplex. Marley is a dog owned by the family in the movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. This song was not in the movie, but it came to mind as I was watching it. If Dogs Run Free appeared in the New Morning album released in 1970. The video below from Youtube was a concert performance, but the original studio version featured some scat singing.

If Dogs Run Free

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain.

The best is always yet to come,
That's what they explain to me.
Just do your thing, you'll be king,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free,
why not meAcross the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme.
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be,
To each his own, it's all unknown,
If dogs run free.

If dogs run free,
then what must be,
Must be, and that is all.
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall.
In harmony with the cosmic sea,
True love needs no company,
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole,
If dogs run free.

Copyright ©1970 Big Sky Music

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