"Too Much of Nothing" as written by and Bob Dylan Dylan Bob....
Too much of nothing
Can make a man ill at ease
One man's temper might rise
While another man's temper might freeze
In the day of confession
We cannot mock a soul
Oh, when there's too much of nothing
No one has control

Say hello to Valerie
Say hello to Vivian
Give them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion

When there's too much of nothing
It can 'cause a man to weep
He can walk the streets and boast like
Of what it's like to keep
But it's all been done before
It's all written in the book
And where there's too much of nothing
Nobody should look

Say hello to Valerie
Say hello to Vivian
Give them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion

And too much of nothing
Can make a man a liar
It can 'cause one man to sleep on nails
It can 'cause others to eat fire
Everybody's doin' somethin'
I heard it in a dream
But when there's too much of nothing
It just makes a fella mean

Say hello to Valerie
Say hello to Vivian
Give them all my salary
On the waters of oblivion


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"Too Much of Nothing" as written by Dylan Bob Bob Dylan

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    General CommentI disagree with the postings so far on this song. I think that the song is putting down materialism. The song is commenting that people have too much of nothing, and it is replacing the important things in life. Greed and materialism is making people act abnormally - mean, bad temper, pompous, think they are better than a king, etc. Their materialism is causing them to lose touch with real relationships - as in say hello to valerie, vivian, whatever her name is, just shower her with material goods and nothing else matters. Does anyone agree or disagree with this?
    susanpmion August 04, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti like all three of the above interpretations. and there is truth in all of them.

    also, when this was recorded dylan and the band had been out of weed for awhile and were sorry about it. see also, "nothing was delivered" songs about running out of weed and the dealer taking your money and disappearing into oblivion.
    bboyon November 07, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General Commentsong about poverty
    bugmenoton December 14, 2005   Link
  • -2
    Song MeaningTo me...it's about a nihilistic strain that was particularly evident at the time. It's about being oblivious to the heart in relationships human and devine. It's one of Dylan's recurrent themes from way back.
    rsimpsonon June 30, 2009   Link

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