Lyrical Comparisons

Bob Dylan vs Bob Dylan Wanna-Be's

It has come to my attention that several of today's "rock" artists, have been attempting to capture a lyrical sense of deepness and spirituality. When in fact that are merely shallowing their lyrics to the point of inevitable ridicule in comparison to the lyrics of Bob Dylan in similar areas.

    Bob Dylan vs Jewel

From Jewel's album Spirit, songs such as "Hands" contain the lyrics:

       In the end only kindness matters. 
       I will get down on my knees, 
       and I will pray.
What does that mean? I don't know. I think it means that we should be nice and say goodnight prayers. I think that in these lines she is being a little too literal and taking us all to be simpletons. A correct way of phrasing what she is trying to say would be like "Shelter from the Storm" on Dylan's Blood on the Tracks album.
        'Twas in another lifetime, 
        one of toil and blood. 
        When blackness was a virtue 
        and the road was full of mud. 
        I came in from the wilderness, 
        a creature void of form. 
        "Come in," she said, 
        "I'll give you shelter from the storm."

When lyrics are so blatant, thus losing their symbolic characteristics, so is the meaning and artistic value. She wears things like pillow cases, Bob wears top hats and police jackets. Jewel says in the song "You Were Meant for Me" on the album Pieces of You,

        Dreams last so long
        Even after you're gone
        I know, that you love me 
        And soon you will see
        You were meant for me 
        And I was meant for you

Hmmmm. Very interesting. I'm glad I was meant for you. But actually I'm thinking about joining the circus, sorry Jewel. This same concept is used in "Like a Rolling Stone" on the Highway 61 album.

        Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
        They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
        Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
        But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
        You used to be so amused
        At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
        Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
        When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
        You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

I think with a little thought provoking words, I am more apt to be a better person listening to Bob Dylan. One more lyrical analysis, Jewel's song "Foolish Games,"

        Well in case you failed to notice,
        In case you failed to see,
        This is my heart bleeding before you,
        This is me down on my knees
        These foolish games are tearing me apart
        You thoughtless words are breaking my heart
        You're breaking my heart

Bob probably, before Miss Jewel was born, put the following song "Desolation Row" on the album Highway 61.

        Now the moon is almost hidden
        The stars are beginning to hide
        The fortunetelling lady
        Has even taken all her things inside
        All except for Cain and Abel
        And the hunchback of Notre Dame
        Everybody is making love
        Or else expecting rain
        And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing
        He's getting ready for the show
        He's going to the carnival tonight
        On Desolation Row.