I once held her in my arms
She said she would always stay
But I was cruel
I treated her like a fool
I threw it all away

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through every day
I must have been mad
I never knew what I had
Until I threw it all away

Love is all there is, it makes the world go 'round
Love and only love, it can't be denied
No matter what you think about it
You just won't be able to do without it
Take a tip from one who's tried

So if you find someone that gives you all of her love
Take it to your heart, don't let it stray
For one thing that's certain
You will surely be a-hurting
If you throw it all away


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  • +1
    General Commentunderrated. a very sad tune. love his voice in this one, also.
    maggotbrainon February 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe perfect lost-love song. Every word is perfectly chosen. It's simple, direct, and incredibly heart-felt, especially the way he sings those lines at the end of each verse "I musta been mad, I never knew what I had". It breaks my heart every time I play it.

    And the lines about mountains refer to breasts and the rivers that ran through every day, well you can use your imagination. The filthy old dog.

    In some live versions he sings, "One thing's for sure, they're ain't no cure" as the last lines, which I prefer.

    Genius Bob.
    FishesWillLaughon August 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it is totally under-rated. i love the beatles stuff, but dylan rips them. i mean this songs so much better lyrically than, i dunno 'This boy'.
    fight_the_waron April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Its so sad man...the song is about a guy who has lost his love and now he realizes that he had everything and he just threw it all away. I remember when I was first dating my girlfried, I was so unbelievably nervouse about our first date that I was pretty much thinkin about standing her up but...i listened to this song and thought, that could be me...I dont know but maybe that girl is everything and Im just gonna throw the chance away....well I found inspiration through this song and now we've been together for a year and a half and she is definatly my everything...thanks Bob!
    living_hellon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Its so sad man...the song is about a guy who has lost his love and now he realizes that he had everything and he just threw it all away. I remember when I was first dating my girlfried, I was so unbelievably nervouse about our first date that I was pretty much thinkin about standing her up but...i listened to this song and thought, that could be me...I dont know but maybe that girl is everything and Im just gonna throw the chance away....well I found inspiration through this song and now we've been together for a year and a half and she is definatly my everything...thanks Bob!
    living_hellon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of the most important songs for me... in my case reminds me of a girl you don`t take seriously while she`s around, but you relise you LUV her when she`s just gone. oh no. so hard to tell
    Keithrockson July 26, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Commentanother of dylans heroin songs...he was in love with a girl but his addiction was a big problem,
    "i threw it all away"...he mean that he threw his life away, because he was shooting heroin every day
    BobDylanExperton June 26, 2007   Link

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