"Floater (Too Much to Ask)" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Down over the window
Comes the dazzling sunlit rays
Through the back alleys, through the blinds
Another one of them endless days

Honeybees are buzzin'
Leaves begin to stir
I'm in love with my second cousin
I tell myself I could be happy forever with her

I keep listenin' for footsteps
But I ain't ever hearing any
From the boat I fish for bullheads
I catch a lot, sometimes too many

A summer breeze is blowing
A squall is settin' in
Sometimes it's just plain stupid
To get into any kind of wind

Well, the old men 'round here, sometimes they get on
Bad terms with the younger men
Old, young, age don't carry weight
It doesn't matter in the end

One of the boss' hangers-on
Sometimes omes to call at times you least expect
Try to bully ya, strong arm ya, inspire you with fear
It has the opposite effect

There's a new grove of trees on the outskirts of town
The old one is long gone
Timber two-foot six across
Burns with the bark still on

They say times are hard, if you don't believe it
You can just follow your nose
It don't bother me, times are hard everywhere
Well, we'll just have to see how it goes

My old man, he's like some feudal lord
Got more lives than a cat
I never seen him quarrel with my mother even once
Things come alive or they fall flat

You can smell the pine wood burnin'
You can hear the school bell ring
Gotta get up near the teacher if you can
If you want to learn anything

Romeo, he said to Juliet, "You got a poor complexion
It doesn't give your appearance a very youthful touch"
Juliet said back to Romeo, "Why don't you just shove off
If it bothers you so much"

They all got out of here any way they could
The cold rain can give you the shivers
They went down the Ohio, the Cumberland, the Tennessee
All the rest of them rebel rivers

If you ever try to interfere with me or cross my path again
You do so at the peril of your own life
I'm not quite as cool or forgiving as I sound
I've seen enough heartaches and strife

My grandfather was a duck trapper
He could do it with just dragnets and ropes
My grandmother could sew new dresses out of old cloth
I don't know if they had any dreams or hopes

I had 'em once though, I suppose
To go along with all the ring dancin' Christmas carols on all the Christmas Eves
I left all my dreams and hopes
Buried under tobacco leaves

Not always easy kicking someone out
Gotta wait a while, it can be an unpleasant task
Sometimes somebody wants you to give something up
And tears or not, it's too much to ask


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"Floater (Too Much to Ask)" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentI find the 'second cousin' line very funny, and yet disturbing at the same time...
    songofishon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes. I think the whole concept of this album is very relaxed. Having a good time playin' and writin in a non-conceptual way. This song, as many others, are a lot of funny lines or thoughts put together without a particular order or correspondance of any kind.
    cavernon March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I have no idea what this song is about, if anything. But it's one of my favorite Dylan songs of all time. It has a sense of timelessness, it could have been written in the 1930's.
    freewneelon July 31, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationYes the song sketches a relaxed scenery and is very nice to listen to. No problem in sight - except in the title ("Floater") and in the last two lines:

    "Sometimes somebody wants you to give something up
    And tears or not, it's too much to ask"

    Nobody loves to have an easy life questioned by any wish or need.

    Similarly:
    - "People don't live or die, people just float" (Man in the Long Black Coat, Oh Mercy Album)
    - "I step outside back to the busy street, but nobody's going anywhere" (Highlands, Time out of Mind Album)
    Mikeschon July 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first the album the work ducktrapper jumped out. Like he chose it because he hadn't heard it in a song before and just wanted to take ownership of the word.
    sdz896542on January 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Comment..but no..the answer to the question why duck trapper? is..why not?
    sdz896542on January 26, 2016   Link

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