"Political World" as written by and Bob Dylan Dylan Bob....
We live in a political world
Love don't have any place
We're living in times
Where men commit crimes
And crime don't have any face

We live in a political world
Icicles hanging own
Wedding bells ring
And angels sing
And clouds cover up the ground

We live in a political world
Wisdom is thrown in jail
It rots in a cell
Is misguided as hell
Leaving no one to pick up the trail

We live in a political world
Where mercy walks the plank
Life is in mirrors
Death disappears
Up the steps to the nearest bank

We live in a political world
Courage is a thing of the past
Houses are haunted
Children unwanted
The next day could be your last

We live in a political world
The one we can see and feel
But there's no one to check
It's all a stacked deck
We all know for sure that it's real

We live in a political world
In the cities of lonesome fear
Little by little
You turn in the middle
But you're never sure why you're here

We live in a political world
Under the microscope
You can travel anywhere
And hang yourself there
You always got more than enough rope

We live in a political world
Turning and trashing about
As soon as you're awake
You're trained to take
What looks like the easy way out

We live in a political world
Where peace is not welcome at all
It's turned away from the door
To wonder some more
Or put up against the wall

We live in a political world
Everything is hers and his
Climb into the frame
And shout God's name
But you're never sure what it is


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"Political World" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentIn his memoir CHRONICLES vol 1, Dylan explains that he was suffering a dry creative period as well as an injured hand. He was getting uninterested in making music and thinking he might quit music altogether and become a businessman (!). Then suddenly this song (Political World) came to him all at once. He wrote the song in one sitting, with many more lyrics left over, and it re-ignited his creative energy. Oh Mercy was the result, and the rest is ... history, I guess.
    freewneelon July 31, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song should be interpreted considering the following quote from "Union Sundown" (Album: Infidels):

    Democracy don't rule the world,
    You'd better get that in your head.
    This world is ruled by violence
    But I guess that's better left unsaid.

    I keep trying to find out what is making our world politial, how this works, and what would be the better, non-political character. It appears that political decisions are dominated by consderations of finding enough allies to have them pushed through. They are led by tactics. "Polticial world" tells us what gets lost when our decisions and our consciences are censored by political considerations.
    Mikeschon July 07, 2013   Link

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