"Tomorrow Is a Long Time" as written by and Bob Dylan....
If today was not a crooked highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn't such a long time
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all
Yes and only if my own true love was waitin'
And if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin'
Yes, only if she was lyin' by me
Then I'd lie in my bed once again

I can't see my reflection in the waters
I can't speak the sounds that show no pain
I can't hear the echo of my footsteps
Or remember the sound of my own name
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin'
And if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin'
Yes and only if she was lyin' by me
Then I'd lie in my bed once again

There's beauty in the silver, singin' river
There's beauty in the sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love's eyes
Yes and only if my own true love was waitin'
I could hear her heart a softly poundin'
Yes and only if she was lyin' by me
Then I'd lie in my bed once again


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"Tomorrow Is a Long Time" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentThis song is about the meaning of life and love to me. What do you love about life? I love nature, mountains, rivers. I love the sun, the moon and the stars. I love music. I love people who remind me that life is fragile and that we are all imperfect and broken. And that we must, simply MUST enjoy ourselves and love one another. We are all going to be gone before we know it.

    "Tomorrow is a Long Time" reminds me of these things. It breaks my heart every time I hear it. (And, the man who turned me on to it broke my heart. How ironic.) It is about the beauty in nature and in people. And LOVE. How love is so rare and beautiful. It happens once in a lifetime if we are lucky. And I was lucky.

    Even if it feels like "blood on the tracks", it is love, and as long as I am alive I will feel grateful for the feelings I have experienced.
    I will always and forever treasure the man who brought me true love. I will always wish I could be with him. This song makes me remember just how much I wish things could be different. And remind me of the feelings that he gave me when I looked into his eyes.

    Life is beautiful. Music is amazing. In my opinion, you can't have life without music. And, "Tomorrow is a Long Time" is a true gem. Bob Dylan is a genius.

    If your heart is broken, consider yourself lucky. Life is so sad, but it is beautiful. And so is this song.
    tomorrowisalongtimeon October 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have always taken this song as a song about missing a true love who has passed on. This is probably my favorite Dylan song. Mason Jennings also does a great version of this song.
    wantobereadyon May 08, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI agree with "wantobeready". For some reason I hadn't heard it until recently - after my husband died. And that's how I felt about it. We were separated for over 40 years and found each other again. He died 6 months after we married. To find each other, to have that chance to be together was extraordinary, but there was never a moment of doubt all those years. I know how lucky I am to have known that kind of love. "Tomorrow is a Long Time" tells that story. She was the world to him and now she's gone. In the end, he will "lie" in his bed "if only" she's lying with him once again. He will not lie with another.
    To me the song is profoundly sad.
    hiwahiwaon September 13, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song especially the whole sunset, rain bow and beauty in loves eyes part.

    It is a sing about a man who misses a girl and is falling apart without her. In the first verse he is probily talking about himself and how he is traveling and lonsome without his girl. when he says I'd lie in my bed once again bed is symbolic for a place of comfort and safety so he wont be comfortable and happy with out her. The second verse is about how he is falling apart without her and he is sick becasue she is not with him. The last verse is about remembering his girl and how he finds beauty in only her.
    farrellon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, it reminds me of my dad, its his favorite dylan song, mine too i think.
    greengirl27on October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCompletely agree with farrell, it all makes sense to me.
    bobdylaniscoolon December 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. You should check out the Nickel Creek cover, Sara Watkins does an excellent job on it.
    azmuzikon September 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. I sang it for my love while I was away in the army.
    stratblues88on March 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat can I say after tomorrowisalongtime's comment? (S)he not only expressed everything I carried in my mind about this song, but still did with such a beauty that is only matched by the song itself. That's easily the best thing I've read on this website. Dylan is indeed a genius, but it takes another genius to recognise one in such rich detail.

    This is one of my all-time favourites, Dylan's or otherwise, but to me the greatest version is by long time country rocker Chris Hillman, on his 1982 album Morning Sky.
    Tiger Kingon March 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentRod Stewart has a version of this song that I knew about years and years ago. His lyrics are slightly different, but make for a big change in the meaning. He sings "I can see my reflection in the mirror, I can speak the sounds that show no pain, I can hear the echos of of my footsteps, but can't remember the sound of my own name". This expresses profound loneliness - he is moving through life, but has no one in his life that even knows his name. This version of the song cuts to my heart because I recently lost my wife, shortly after our 38th anniversary - and I feel that kind of loneliness. I honestly can't remember the last time someone called me by my name. This song is absolutely about losing someone so close to you and such a large part of you, that you can't sleep without them beside you.
    SBC720on January 30, 2016   Link

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