"Beyond the Horizon" as written by and Wilhelm Grosz Bob Dylan....
Beyond the horizon, behind the sun
At the end of the rainbow life has only begun
In the long hours of twilight 'neath the stardust above
Beyond the horizon it is easy to love

I'm touched with desire
What don't I do?
Through flame and through fire
I'll build my world around you

Beyond the horizon, in the springtime or fall
Love waits forever for one and for all

Beyond the horizon across the divide
'Round about midnight, we'll be on the same side
Down in the valley the water runs cold
Beyond the horizon someone prayed for your soul

My wretched heart's pounding
I felt an angel's kiss
My memories are drowning
In mortal bliss

Beyond the horizon, at the end of the game
Every step that you take, I'm walking the same

Beyond the horizon the night winds blow
The theme of a melody from many moons ago
The bells of St. Mary, how sweetly they chime
Beyond the horizon I found you just in time

It's dark and it's dreary
I been pleading in vain
I'm old and I'm weary
My repentance is plain

Beyond the horizon o'er the treacherous sea
I still can't believe that you have set aside your love for me

Beyond the horizon, 'neath crimson skies
In the soft light of morning I'll follow you with my eyes
Through countries and kingdoms and temples of stone
Beyond the horizon right down to the bone

It's the right time of the season
Someone there always cared
There's always a reason
Why someone's life has been spared

Beyond the horizon the sky is so blue
I've got more than a lifetime to live lovin' you


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"Beyond the Horizon" as written by Wilhelm Grosz Bob Dylan

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    General CommentLove for someone far away. This song is so sweet.
    Northstaron September 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOk, some of the songs on this album already conjured memories of the willie nelson album "stardust," but the inclusion of the actual word "stardust" in this song is a dead giveaway. I see this as dylan's acknowledgement of his debt to nelson's album. it's also interesting that stardust is a cover album, while "modern times" is driven by some "covers" (eg. Someday Baby).

    Favorite lines:
    I'm touched with desire
    What don't I do?
    Through flame and through fire
    I'll build my world around you

    Beyond the horizon, at the end of the game
    Every step that you take, I'm walking the same
    It's dark and it's dreary
    I've been pleading in vain
    I'm wounded, I'm weary
    My repentance is plain

    Beyond the horizon o'r the treacherous sea
    I still can't believe that you have set aside your love for me

    Beyond the horizon, 'neath crimson skies
    In the soft light of morning I'll follow you with my eyes
    Through countries and kingdoms and temples of stone
    Beyond the horizon right down to the bone

    Beyond the horizon, the sky is so blue
    I've got more than a lifetime to live lovin' you

    (Sorry, that's just about the whole song, but I would like to add that "round about midnight" is probably a reference, somehow, to Thelonious Monk's "round midnight." I'd like to think that these two lovers are listening a little Monk.)
    LoganWalteron May 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought the same thing about the "Round about midnight" line, I'd imagine Dylan is a Monk fan of some sort.
    Dan33185on June 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about Heaven.
    frankbooth7on November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe simlicity of the musicality in this song is what makes it one of the more pleasant songs in the current Dylan repatoir, (from Time Out Of Mind on). It doesn't seem bluesy at all, whereas Sugar Baby and Nettie Moore and Not Dark Yet and even Thunder on the Mountain have bluesy aspects to them. Beyond The Horizon isn't bluesy at all, it's a very upbeat and positive song.
    TheThornBirdson February 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about God, not a person, I believe.

    If you've ever read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis, you'll see the connection. Heaven is symbolically portrayed as this place "At the end of the rainbow" where "life has only begun." Depending on your level of letting-go of attachments, even your love of your family, a love greater than any kind of mortal love creeps into and begins to fill you up.

    Look at the imagery here; Dylan sings about a place "across the divide" where "love waits forever, for one and for all."

    "My wretched heart is pounding
    I felt an angel's kiss"
    The song "Amazing Grace" reflects the Protestant ethic of referring to your mortal self as a "Wretch" who is full of sin.

    "I found you just in time
    It's dark and it's dreary
    I've been pleading in vain
    I'm wounded, I'm weary
    My repentance is plain"
    In "Amazing Grace," you sing about being lost and found. Amid all the turmoil, the "flame and fire" of life, you want to "build your world around" something immortal, so you can transcend the world with your love.

    This song talks about mortality and life being spared, and ends with "I've got more than a lifetime to live lovin' you" meaning love lasts forever, and soon "we'll be on the same side" (we = Bob and God/Immortal Love).
    Dylan is a Christian nowadays, and not only is he a recent convert, but he's old, so it makes sense he'd be thinking about mortality and how he made it through his wilder youth and now sees God with this love that transcends all his other loves...
    Shep1986on November 24, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song is a try to glance at heaven, though heaven is still out of sight. There is only a short look at the present time, which is "dark and it's dreary" while beyond the horizon "the sky is so blue". Mortality is just a necessary transition for reaching this world where loving is easy, successful and without end.
    Mikeschon July 06, 2013   Link

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