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James Joyce is another interesting literary figure in the world of Dylan. He explains in Chronicles that “James Joyce seemed like the most arrogant man who ever lived, had both his eyes wide open and great faculty of speech, but what he say, I knew not what.” Many readers—or attempted readers—ofFinnegan’s Wake would likely agree. Joyce comes up again, five years later, in Dylan’s 2009 albumTogether Through Life, in the track “I Feel a Change Comin’ On”: “I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver/And I’m reading James Joyce.” Of course, as with Eliot, one can read Joyce and still find his writing impenetrable and still find him to be an arrogant, yet brilliant genius. And, besides that, despite Dylan’s admission over the years that many of his songs are deeply personal (most recently in his latest Rolling Stone interview), there is no reason to surmise that any song is actually about Dylan himself, and is not merely being sung in character (just as Nicki Minaj, in character, recently voiced support for Mitt Romney as president).Benjamin Wright

I Feel A Change Comin’ On


Well I'm looking the world over
Looking far off into the East
And I see my baby coming
She's walking with the village priest
I feel a change coming on
And the last part of the day is already gone

We got so much in common
We strive for the same old ends
And I just can't wait
Wait for us to become friends
I feel a change coming on
And the fourth part of the day is already gone

Life is for love
And they say that love is blind
If you want to live easy
Baby pack your clothes with mine
I feel a change coming on
And the fourth part of the day is already gone

Well now what's the use in dreamin'
You got better things to do
Dreams never did work for me anyway
Even when they did come true

You are as whorish as ever
Baby you could start a fire
I must be losing my mind
You're the object of my desire
I feel a change coming on
And the fourth part of the day is already gone

I'm listening to Billy Joe Shaver
And I'm reading James Joyce
Some people they tell me
I got the blood of the land in my voice

Everybody got all the money
Everybody got all the beautiful clothes
Everybody got all the flowers
I don't have one single rose
I feel a change coming on
And the fourth part of the day is already gone

Copyright © 2009 by Special Rider Music and Ice-Nine Publishing


'm not sure I like Bob with his hair cut short and all slicked down like that.

When Bob visited the James Joyce Museum, a curator urged him to take a ride on James Joyce's bicycle. Bob was amazed at this offer, rode a few feet and stopped. The curator told him to take it for a proper ride, so Bob pedalled around Dublin a bit...on James Joyce's bike! That is what I call a true celebrity 'perk'. When I visited the museum, I was not allowed to touch the bike, ( or even point at it. ) --but not all celebrities get to ride the bike.
"Oh, Good God, No!" said the curator when I asked if Ben Affleck would be allowed to ride it. Actually Bob is the only person that was allowed to ride the bike in some years. Why? The curator sighed. "Well, I like Bob a great deal, he's stopped in here a few times and is always a polite and charming fellow."

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Derek 20/10/2016 19:56

I researched this a bit for our chronology over at http://www.waywordsandmeansigns.com/about/joyce-in-music/

Bob Dylan explained how he first heard Billy Joe Shaver’s song through Waylon Jennings. “Waylon played me ‘Ain’t No God in Mexico,’ and I don’t know, it was quite good… Shaver and David Allen Coe became my favorite guys in that [outlaw country] genre. The verse came out of nowhere. No … you know something? Subliminally, I can’t say that this is actually true. But I think it was more of a Celtic thing. Tying Billy Joe with James Joyce. I think subliminally or astrologically those two names just wanted to be combined. Those two personalities.”


Robert Hunter, who co-wrote the lyrics with Dylan, is a noted Joycean too...