Song 4 - Love Minus Zero / No Limit.

BY MIKE JOHNSON

Broken my pattern here with a love song from the sixties, 1964 album Bringing It All Back Home. It is the powerful 2002 performance that got me. Makes the song seem much more mature, a performance full of passion. This was the year Dylan abandoned the guitar and took up keyboards. His piano in the background.

Next week: the hard driving Cold Irons Bound.

Love Minus Zero:

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
And make promises by the hour
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 matchsticks
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 wind blows cold n' rainy
My love, she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing.