Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you don't know by now
An' it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It'll never do, somehow
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window and I'm travelin' on
You're the reason I'll be gone
But don't think twice, it's all right

And it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
The light I never knowed
An' it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
I'm on the dark side of the road
But I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
We never did too much talkin' anyway
But don't think twice, it's all right

So it ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
Like you never done before
And it ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
I can't hear you anymore
I'm a-thinkin' and a-wonderin', walkin' down the road,
I once loved a woman, a child I'm told
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don't think twice, it's all right

So long, honey, babe
Where I'm bound, I can't tell
Goodbye's too good a word, babe
So I'll just say fare thee well
I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
You coulda done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right



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  • +8
    General Comment:A few days ago I listened to this song about 9000 times in a row and realized that I've been in a situation almost exactly like this. He loves her so much, but the relationship just isn't working out. She won't commit. She won't call out his name, turn on her light, et cetera. He really really loves her, but she wasted his time, she wouldn't take what he could give but only wanted what he couldn't give. He wants to stay, and he wants her to be able to commit so that he can, but she won't. He says the really hard stuff in here. Even though he loves her, he's willing to tell her that she really screwed up a good thing. - I absolutely love this song. So much.
    goodmorningmisterbenon March 14, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:i looked at it today from a seperate angle when i read dylan's comments in the album's liner notes. i took "dont think twice, its alright" to be a reminder of yourself. dylan mentioned something about how sometimes its hard to get up in the morning and he visions himself saying this to himself. "everything's gonna be ok." "dont worry, dont think twice." i think the whole girl thing could be easily flipped into a metaphor for life and circumstance.
    but as moods allow it could always be a post-love song.
    sikuhizion March 23, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:So long, honey, babe
    Where I'm bound, I can't tell
    Goodbye's too good a word, babe
    So I'll just say fare thee well
    I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
    You coulda done better but I don't mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time
    But don't think twice, it's all right


    this is one of the greatest verses ever written--there's so much meaning in this last part of the song. "you coulda done better but i don't mind, you just kinda wasted my precious time." those are some intense words right there. dylan rules
    goofyasfuckon April 23, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:a mutual split. we both were wrong. let's just leave it at that and hold no grudges?

    one of my Dylan faves, was covered by Mike Ness of Social Distortion.
    roger wilcoon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I think this song is one of the best ever written.
    sammy4770on March 08, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I definetely agee with the cynical thing.

    The lines

    Goodbye's too good a word, babe
    So I'll just say fare thee well

    and

    I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
    You coulda done better but I don't mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time

    among others definetely support that case. In the first lines I quoted, he's basically saying that she doesn't even deserve to be told good bye; thus he only states fare thee well, a lesser farewell statement. In the second set of quoted lines he's basically saying she was unkind (even to an extent if you consider the meaning literal) and then goes on to say she wasted his time. A wasting of time isn't something to be taken lightly, it's a serious attack on their relationship.

    I definetely think this is a bitter break-up between Dylan and his ex, and that she was mainly in the wrong.
    El Donon January 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I agree with the breakup idea as well but also have another theory. For me it sounds like he loves someone who didn't love him back, maybe a friend who wouldn't know what they could have got before it was too late.

    Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
    If you don't know by now

    ^ Wonder why he has left? Because she didn't like him and he couldn't take it?

    And it ain't no use in turnin' on your light, babe
    That light I never knowed

    ^ Turning on your light could refer to loving him or pretending to love him to make him stay - or perhaps realising too late that she might love him

    But I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
    To try and make me change my mind and stay

    ^ He still loves her and if she would say the right things he definately could be pursuaded to stay but he knows that she won't

    So it ain't no use in callin' out my name, gal
    Like you never did before

    ^ No point saying that she lvoes him to make himstay because he has realised that she never will love him the way he loves her

    I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind
    You coulda done better but I don't mind
    You just kinda wasted my precious time

    ^ She probably knew how he felt but tried to ignore it cause she liked him as a friend and nothing more and didn't want to hurt that


    I think the title isn't meant to be malicious, he genuinely loves her but realises she doesn't love him so has to get away - he holds no grudges though.

    That's how I've always seen it!
    HunterUkon March 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:My understood meaning of this song is that he fell in love with a girl and they just lost it. Personally, i connect this song with Just Like A Woman...she could love him like a woman but when it came down to it she was just a child...they lost their love and that doesn't mean it wasn't true...it also doesn't mean he's angry. I get no angry vibes from this song. I think it just goes like this: perhaps break ups are just as mysterious as falling in love..not always, but in this case yes. Things happen for no reason and can end just as mysteriously.

    "I gave her my heart, but she wanted my soul"

    she was too young to understand to take what was given, she wanted too much...
    funkymorganicson April 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:perhaps this has already been said, but its late and i dont feel like reading ALL of the comments on this song. i just wanted to get my 2 cents in...

    anyways.
    it always struck me that this song has an extremely bitter tone about it. i mean, if i had to sum up this song in just one word, that would be it: bitter. thats the one word that comes so readily to mind.
    he really loved this girl, and his love was never reciprocated. and now its over, and hes walking away, and hes just extremely bitter about the whole thing. his tone almost verges on sarcasm as he tries to play the macho, stoic role. hes saying "i dont care, anyway"
    lines like "we never did too much talking anyway... you just kinda wasted my precious time... dont think twice, its alright(of course)" show how he tries to act hard about it, when its obvious that he's, in fact, really hurt and really bitter about the whole thing.
    infamous branmuffinon November 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:The comments finding this song bitter and about unrequited love are on track. I'll add:

    The title is clearly ironic. The narrator has a romantic obsession with a woman who is no longer returning his attention. He can't stop thinking about her. He still loves her, is trying to be stoic about the whole thing, and he's clever. But he is also deeply bitter. Hence, "Don't think twice".

    "Look out your window" implies he is acting on an obsession. It's not his spot on her bed that is empty, but rather he is watching her.

    "I loved a woman, a child I am told..." suggests that she is some kind of emotional cripple who led him on and sucked him into an obsession. He's already wondered why a thousand times and this is the best he has come up with.

    "I wish there was something you would do or say..." is also sickly ironic. She has stopped returning his attention altogether, which is why he is now able to move on and get over the ordeal. However, he is still hooked into the romantic obsession and wishes she would give him the attention he is addicted to, even though it will just keep him trapped in this cycle.

    This is a really brilliant song. Perhaps Dylan's best. As good as "Famous Blue Raincoat" and much better than the similar "Every Breath You Take".
    hotsuupon June 17, 2011   Link

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