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    Default Dylan Lyrics, help with interpretation.

    I'm not sure what he means, have an idea, but can't clarify it to myself.
    What does he mean here in the last line of this verse:



    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.




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    [YOUTUBE=OAQ7GsDzx8Q]Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero[/YOUTUBE]


    The lyrics:
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    A failure to live, and to live ideally. The lyrics are about people who have "settled" in life, as in settled for less than they felt they deserved. Living too simply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert165 View Post
    I'm not sure what he means, have an idea, but can't clarify it to myself.
    What does he mean here in the last line of this verse:



    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.
    Please do not try to toejam Bob's INFP mosaic lyrics into the formalism of a linear, neat interpretation with a nice little bow-tie on it. It won't work.

    This is a song about Suze Rotolo. I believe she is an ISFP. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" can be viewed as a "portrait of an ISFP" in much the same way that "Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands," "Shelter From The Storm," "Sara" and many others can be read as "portraits of an INFJ." "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" is one of many Bob songs which describe Suze; perhaps nowhere did Bob write more overtly or bitterly about their relationship than in Home Page | Bob Dylan

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    I have no idea what it means but I love the song and I love Bob Dylan.

    I enjoy speculating about his lyrics so much I don't really care that much what they actually mean.
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    To me it seems that she has realized the meaninglessness of "conclusions" and to her there is no success or failure. So, she can speak softly, without anger or resentment for her life.

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    Thanks for the replys everyone
    i think i agree with nolla
    and want to thank fecal mcangry for the info
    thanks to nozflubber and wonkavision as well
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    I love Dylan. He's one of the five best rappers of all time.
    If you could be anything you want, I bet you'd be disappointed--am I right?

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    haha. yes. great rappist.

    Dylan has many lyrics that don't make sense. Keep in mind he kept the company of many stream-of-consciousness writers/poets/etc. Chances are you'll have to extract the vanilla some other way.
    “Some people will tell you that slow is good – but I’m here to tell you that fast is better. I’ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba…”


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