"Dead Man, Dead Man" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Uttering idle words from a reprobate mind,
Clinging to strange promises, dying on the vine,
Never bein' able to separate the good from the bad,
Ooh, I can't stand it, I can't stand it,
It's makin' me feel so bad.

Dead man, dead man,
When will you rise?
Cobwebs in your mind,
Dust in your eyes.

Satan got you by the heel, there's a bird's nest in your hair.
Do you have any faith at all? Do you have any love to share?
The way that you hold your head, cursin' God with every move,
Ooh, I can't stand it, I can't stand it,
What are you tryin' to prove?

Dead man, dead man,
When will you rise?
Cobwebs in your mind,
Dust in your eyes.

The glamor ad the bright lights and the politics of sin,
The ghetto you build for me is the one you end up in,
The race of the engine that overrules your heart,
Ooh, I can't stand it, I can't stand it,
Pretending that you're so smart.

Dead man, dead man,
When will you rise?
Cobwebs in your mind,
Dust in your eyes.

What are you tryin' to overpower me with, the doctrine or the gun?
My back is already to the wall, where can I run?
The tuxedo that you're wearin', the flower in your lapel,
Ooh, I can't stand it, I can't stand it,
You want to take me down to hell.

Dead man, dead man,
When will you rise?
Cobwebs in your mind,
Dust in your eyes.


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"Dead Man, Dead Man" as written by Bob Dylan

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    My InterpretationFor me at least I feel that Bob Dylan is trying to reason with someone abusing the meaning of deism or atheism and who is spiteful and has made it up that Bob's God and savior is to blame for all the tragedies in man and womankind's history. I feel from Bob's position as though he's trying to point out his humbleness and lack of divine knowledge and he's trying to get this so-called deist or atheist to accept him as not having all the answers and that belief was never grounded in reality as knowledge. Anyway that's my interpretation of these lyrics.

    PS: Just so no one confuses what I've typed. There are some really noble Deists and Atheists, just as there are some really noble theists, pantheists, mystics, straight-agnostics and others that I can't remember, peace.
    Katonitrainon July 30, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is addressed to Christians that are evasive towards reality and truth while for a Christian following the truth should be the same as following Jesus. Their sense of reality has gone lost while they live in an alternative, hypothetical world. This world is constructed with elements from the bible which have been selected and arranged to fit unauthorized human purposes.

    Now they are trying aggressively to overpower others and to define places for them in their ghetto world.

    With this song Dylan is turning away from a type of Christianity that has disappointed and even misused his trust. The album “Slow Train Coming” is characterized by discovering truth in Christianity, the central verse being “Gonna change my way of thinking”. The next album “Saved” includes more phrases than thoughts with “I’m saved” and “Are you ready” as the basic messages. “Shot of Love” as the last album of the Christian trilogy marks a refusal of cheap slogans and hypothetic worlds.
    Mikeschon July 09, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about the "dead man" inside of him trying to rise back up, and his awareness of it and struggle against it.

    The non-Christian listener wouldn't know this unless you were familiar with the New Testament. In Christian theology, the old, sinful you is considered "dead", and the new. born-again you is a "new creation." Here are a few Scriptural examples:


    1. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

    2. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

    3. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Twinsfan318on May 31, 2015   Link

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