"Shooting Star" as written by and Bob Dylan Dylan Bob....
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew
I always kind of wondered
If you ever made it through
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me
If I was still the same
If I ever became what you wanted me to be
Did I miss the mark or over-step the line
That only you could see?
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me

Listen to the engine, listen to the bell
As the last fire truck from hell
Goes rolling by, all good people are praying,
It's the last temptation
The last account
The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount
The last radio is playing

Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip away
Tomorrow will be another day
Guess it's too late to say the things to you
That you needed to hear me say
Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip away


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"Shooting Star" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentAlthough this song is typically looked at in terms of Dylan looking back at his evangelical period, I think it can also be looked at as a sad song about a failed relationship (like many Dylan songs with the dual man-woman/man-god theme).

    I've always seen it as being about an ordinary guy who is with an ambitious woman - perhaps socially ambitious, or in some particular sphere of endeavour - career, art, who knows? ("You were trying to break into another world, a world I never knew?")

    Anyway, she leaves him behind, and they go their separate ways with him a little mystified and without a map or compass ("over-step the line that only you could see").

    Finally, he has to face the future without her, and perhaps with regret he reflects that maybe the failure was partly his and that he did not try to understand her motivations and support her, leading to the failure of the relationship ("it's too late to say the things to you that you needed to hear me say.")

    In this context the "last temptation" bridging section is symbolic of finality, of the end of the relationship and their part in each other's lives.

    Anyway, just my take. I love both the 'Unplugged' and 'Oh Mercy' versions of this song. According to Chronicles this was one of two tracks Dylan cranked out at the last minute when recording Oh Mercy - I'm glad he did.
    caitsith01on March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe final coda to his so-called 'Christian Phase' where Dylan addresses the Vineyard congregation about his experience there. Very touching stuff.
    elephant_rangeon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI wouldn't have thought that this was about Bob Dylan. Except maybe for the third paragraph about the sermon on the mount etc. Its more about a changing situation, with one person going into new experiences and a different world and leaving the other one behind.
    arabhammerheadon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I guess it's too late to say the things to you/that you needed to hear me say"
    Bob
    Dylan
    Is
    Amazingly
    Passionate
    His
    Gremini Star Sign
    Makes/made him promiscuous
    But sex and love are different
    And I should think
    Any woman
    Would be lucky to have any guy
    Who could Write Lines
    Like that, and so obviously mean them.
    TheThornBirdson February 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBob wrote that he felt he didn't write this song so much as inherit it. I don't know exactly what he means, but I like to think he's saying that the ideas are universal and timeless. This isn't Bob the storyteller from Tangled up in Blue; Shooting Star expresses with bare-bones eloquence a thread of emotion that runs through every life. Regret, solitude, hindsight, and the inevitable parting of ways that is the human condition. "We both heard voices for a while/Now the rest is history" is an earlier remark on the same sentiment. Catch the MTV Unplugged version on Youtube if you haven't seen it yet.
    5thdayomayon July 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis seems to be a prayer of a person that was reminded (too late?) of Jesus returning and calling to account.
    Mikeschon July 07, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthe message is we have all felt like this at one time or another. Have we all done everything in this life that we could have done. have we lived up to our own expectations and others or have we all suffered from guilt? Yes because its human emotion or what ever you wish to call it. bob puts emotion in his music like all great musicians. they touch on what we all share in humanity. we are all connected but petty differences keep us all divided. will we learn to all live in peace someday? I doubt it,but I can dream cant I? good music makes you happy. great music makes you think.
    dukiebannonon October 02, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationin my opinion a pretty simple dylan song to interpret, a tad evangelistic like a good few dylan, the star may remind him of someone, but its pretty much about his feelings when he sees a shooting star, often a magical fleeting experience....
    jimladson December 15, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationin my opinion a pretty simple dylan song to interpret, a tad evangelistic like a good few dylan, the star may remind him of someone, but its pretty much about his feelings when he sees a shooting star, often a magical fleeting experience....
    jimladson December 15, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretationin my opinion a pretty simple dylan song to interpret, a tad evangelistic like a good few dylan, the star may remind him of someone, but its pretty much about his feelings when he sees a shooting star, often a magical fleeting experience....
    jimladson December 15, 2014   Link

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