YouTube – My Back Pages – The 30th Bob Dylan Anniversary. This is a great lyrical song by Bob Dylan as performed by Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison. Sadie and I saw a clip of this when we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Dylan’s lyrics are phenomenal. They’re a “must read” even if you don’t listen to the song, but it’s even better to read them while listening. It’s a reflective song about his own influence on counter-culture in the ’60s. The last stanza sums it up nicely:
Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I’m younger than that now.
In the video at the Rock Hall, they used this last sentence to allude to some of the difficulties associated with growing up as a rock star and dealing with the early deaths of many great stars (and their friends) like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. Pete Townshend gave an impassioned soundbyte in the video to this effect, and I feel like the chorus, “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” embodied the frustration very nicely. Anyways, great song. Give it a listen, eh?