"What Was It You Wanted" as written by and Bob Dylan Dylan Bob....
What was it you wanted
Tell me again so I'll know
What's happening in there
What's going on in your show
What was it you wanted
Could you say it again
I'll be back in a minute
You can get it together by then

What was it you wanted
You can tell me I'm back
We can start it all over
Get it back on the track
You got why attention
Go ahead speak
What was it you wanted
When you were kissing my cheek

Was there somebody looking
When you gave me that kiss
Someone there in the shadows
Someone that I might have missed
Is there something you needed
Something I don't understand
What was it you wanted
Do I have it in my hand

Whatever you wanted
Slipped out of my mind
Would you remind me again
If you'd be so kind
Has the record been breaking
Did the needle just skip
Is there somebody waitin'
Was there a slip of the lip

What was it you wanted
I ain't keepin' score
Are you the same person
That was here before
Is it something important
Maybe not
What was it you wanted
Tell me again I forgot

Whatever you wanted
What can it be
Did somebody tell you
That you could get it from me
Is it something that comes natural
Is it easy to say
Why do you want it
Who are you anyway

Is the scenery changing
Am I getting it wrong
Is the whole thing going backwards
Are they playing our song
Where were you when it started
Do you want it for free
What was it you wanted
Are you talking to me

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"What Was It You Wanted" as written by Bob Dylan


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    General CommentMy two bits: When I first heard this song, I thought it was a song sung from the perspective of Jesus talking to Judas, but I figured I was the only one that heard that. Since then I've found that this is a pretty common interpretation. Rats. I thought I finally had an original thought.

    I've heard people say that "Make You Feel My Love" is also sung from Jesus' perspective. They have a point, but the lyrics to this song are even more convincing.
    coldironson March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not a bible person but were judas and hey zeus making out? (take that evangelicals) but seriously the singer is a bit frustrated with a woman whom he maybe wanted a relationship with but she was too ditsy to make up her mind about it and act on it. "did you wan't something from me or not". great song, especially if you've been in that position.
    fanoftheelipsison May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, I think of a Hollywood party, where Bob is the center of attention. Some woman is trying to schmooze with Bob, and he can see her insincerity - see right through her. She's the kind of person who wants to be seen in all the right places with all the right people.
    tierneyon September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJudas deceived Jesus with a kiss. The lyrics fit perfectly for that scenario.
    frankbooth7on March 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think in a way this song is a discussion between the artist and his audience with both sides asking questions and answering with questions. Consider Dylan's status at the time in 1989 after a unsuccessful decade(for him). He talks of his "show" and "record been breaking". Perhaps the whole theme is the artist questioning himself and his ability. This would also tie into his book Chronicles and his discussion of the making of this record.
    Lutheron December 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMy impression is that this song presents an uneasy atmosphere where attention and lack of concentration coincide. The singer exposes himself to more stimuli (“back in a minute”) than he can process. Even a kiss cannot reach his mind directly. He is increasingly losing control of what he wants himself.

    The “record breaking” has nothing to do with commercial success but with mechanical damage of vinyl records. Otherwise “Did the needle just skip” would not follow. I also have significant doubts that Judas and Jesus had any deficiencies in concentration and perception at the betrayal.
    Mikeschon July 07, 2013   Link

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