Bob Dylan, Sara

“Sara,” is Bob Dylan’s most honest song.  Its probably the only personal song he addresses to a real person directly, his wife Sara.  The lyrics are incredibly intimate and, apparently, true to life.  ‘Sara’ a gorgeously pained ballad of desperation, fittingly included as the closer to an album he named Desire.  That record came out in 1976, and it should come as no surprise that Sara divorced him a year later.  Their marriage was on the rocks, evidenced by all the songs found on Blood on the Tracks.  I love this songs melody, at once both graceful and earthy.  The lyrics, which I also love, are mix of passionate pleadings and cosmic reverence for this woman, a brave and true piece of work, but hey, what else would you expect from Mr. Bob Dylan?  The video itself, is an incredible document of washed out 70s home movies and live performances capturing the desolate mood of the song perfectly. So, in the end, there is nothing else for us to do but press play a few times and let this sink in our souls.

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3 Responses to “Bob Dylan, Sara”

  1. Do you think these words are about Sara (they are from Precious Angel on Slow train coming, a few years later):

    You’re the queen of my flesh, girl, you’re my woman, you’re my delight
    You’re the lamb of my soul, girl, and you touch up the night
    But there’s violence in the eyes, girl, so let us not be enticed
    On the way out of Egypt, through Etopoia, to the judgement hall of Christ.

    Or are they more about some other later girl he had a relationship with?

  2. Inspiring he is anyway…great poet.

    Was Sara a believing Christian?

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