Trying To Get To Heaven

Bob DylanTrying To Get To Heaven

The air is getting hotter
There’s a rumbling in the skies
I’ve been wading through the high muddy water
With the heat rising in my eyes
Every day your memory grows dimmer
It doesn’t haunt me like it did before
I’ve been walking through the middle of nowhere
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

When I was in Missouri
They would not let me be
I had to leave there in a hurry
I only saw what they let me see
You broke a heart that loved you
Now you can seal up the book and not write anymore
I’ve been walking that lonesome valley
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

People on the platforms
Waiting for the trains
I can hear their hearts a-beatin’
Like pendulums swinging on chains
I tried to give you everything
That your heart was longing for
I’m just going down the road feeling bad
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

I’m going down the river
Down to New Orleans
They tell me everything is gonna be all right
But I don’t know what “all right” even means
I was riding in a buggy with Miss Mary-Jane
Miss Mary-Jane got a house in Baltimore
I been all around the world, boys
Now I’m trying to get to heaven before they close the door

Gonna sleep down in the parlor
And relive my dreams
I’ll close my eyes and I wonder
If everything is as hollow as it seems
Some trains don’t pull no gamblers
No midnight ramblers like they did before
I been to Sugar Town, I shook the sugar down
Now I’m trying to get to heaven before they close the door.

~ Thanks Anca.


2 thoughts on “Trying To Get To Heaven

  1. Rosie

    Cesar, I have been trying hard to keep up with your blogs while secretly wondering how you can put out so many. I admire you for letting your thoughts flow so easily and freely. However, I am also aware that my thoughts do also flow freely and easily. I just never seem to have enough time to put them pen to paper. Maybe it is because I am older and maybe it is just because I am lazy. I hope that is not the problem but sometimes we are the last ones to find out these things.

    The Bob Dylan lyrics are great! I do wonder what he is referring to when he talks about the last time he was in Missouri (which you will remember is the state i live in here in the US.) Apparently.he did not have a good experience the last time he was here. Can’t say I am surprised. I have lived here all my life and have had many not so good experiences. However, the song is a reflection of the times we find ourselves living through. I do like the way Dylan is saying we are all just trying to get to heaven. Indeed no matter if. we are religious, spiritual, political or nothing at all, it does seem we are all looking for some sort of salvation, forgiveness, something better. May they never close that door to heaven!

    Love and Light to you!

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    1. Hi Rosie!
      I’m posting so often because my life is very boring and I try to stay sane… On the other hand, this is my normal existential speed, rather effervescent for some… 🙂
      Dylan refers to some places that are relevant for Americans and events that happened locally. I stumbled upon the fact that Sugar Town is related to Frank Sinatra (I guess). One needs to know well the background of his songs.
      Yes, I really enjoyed the feeling of the song, even if I don’t listen Dylan often. He has a particular style and I resonate heavily with this particular song during this moment of my life. At almost 35 years of age, I feel I struggle to make a decent life before it’s too late, and I fail miserably. Most of my colleagues of the same age have been married for many years and have several children… I have nothing of these and it’s hard not to panic…


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