You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
Crying like a fire in the sun.
Look out the saints are comin' through
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense.
Take what you have gathered from coincidence.
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets.
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home.
Your empty-handed armies, are all going home.
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor.
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

Leave your stepping stones behind, something calls for you.
Forget the dead you've left, they will not follow you.
The vagabond who's rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore.
Strike another match, go start anew
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.



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  • +4
    General Comment:Could it be that Dylan is Baby Blue? He has to stop listening to everyone's expectations as to where he should go. He must leave those stepping stones and go his own way even though there may be a price to pay.

    I've enjoyed singing and playing this song for years but have never looked at from the point of view that Dylan is Baby Blue. It seems more interesting from that perspective.
    steveclarkuson July 09, 2010   Link
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    General Comment:i think this song is about accepting changes in life. this was the last song dylan played at the infamous newport concert (where he was booed for going electric) and the last song on Bringing It All Back Home (his last album that was mostly acoustic) i think he is just saying it is time for him to move on creatively(sp?)
    therovinggambleron March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:The obvious major theme of this song is Dylans moving on out of the folk scene, and giving a kind of warning to others than you can't stop change. But as is so typical of him, the images don't all make perfect sense, at least not to me. But they are so vivid... oh my, they must mean something. The one line I especially like is ..... "The highway is for gamblers, better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence." I could go off for a while on what I think it means... it's obviously more warning to those who want to stay put but are forced, as we all are, to move on and start anew. About 30 years ago I read a whole essay in some magazine about the "take what you have gathered from coincidence" line. The author felt it was very metaphysical..... kind of like..."Life is very mysterious and uncertain and we're not going to figure it out really well, but hey..... those seeming coincidences may just give us a clue. So gather them up and make the best sense out of things that you can. There's a wonderful line in a Jackson Browne song about death...."It's like a song I can hear right in my ear. I can't sing it. I can't help listening." For me, Dylan's lyrics are often like that. They are just beyond my total grasp. I can't put them in a box and wrap them up with a bow. There. Done. They just keep ringing in my ear... over and over. They must mean something very important. What?
    jmark1949on January 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I think it's about a girl/woman who used to be able to get whatever man she wanted; but now the narrator (Bob?) has realised this and won't be strung along any more. Or maybe the world has sussed the woman out. Either way, same message, you won't fool us no more baby blue!
    originlon August 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:one of my favorites.. in DA pennebaker's Don't Look Back, dylan plays an acoustic version of this song in a hotel room with donovan and some other people on tour with him. it's cool.
    plaincl0thesmanon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think there is one line here that is misunderstood, and it is pretty nifty.

    When Dylan is wrapping up the song, and he's telling the woman to leave the dead and to start over, he says the line "strike another match girl, start anew" I really think it's "girl" and not "go"-- if you listen to the song it could go either way, but just here me out.

    I think this line reference to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," in which a vagabond child selling matches sees visions of warm, safe places she will never be a part of, and each time she lights a match she sees a new scene, a new life. At the end of the fairy-tale, she lights her final match and dies... but in Dylan's case, when he says to "light another match, girl" he's not talking about a REAL death, he's talking about a change. Like the girl in the story, the subject of this song is down-and-out, she thought she was in a safe place, but she's not-- the carpet's being pulled right out from under her. She needs to figuratively "light a match" and see the possibilities for a new life, and she needs to accept, even embrace this change and join the vagabond outside to start a new journey.

    Great song.
    mkoch2on June 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I have no idea what Dyan meant by this song. However, I was alone playing this song recently, a week or so after being told by my 19 year old daughter that she is pregnant. I had already been dealing with thoughts that I've suddenly lost her or at least the child I knew and that she has lost her whole experience of being a young adult. Also having thoughts that as much as he says he will be there for her now it's very possible that in the end she finds that I am the only one who will not be "walking out the door", these lyrics hit me especially hard and was very emotional. I've given up trying to figure out the exact meaning to songs and moments like this give them more value than whatever Bob was talking about (although I think many on here have hit upon the same theme as me)
    kdpPhilaon October 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:The song is about a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany .. Thats from Dylan himself !
    tinmanGBon September 24, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think this song is about a woman who was once well off and is now poor and off on her own . . . similar to like a rolling stone . . . or maybe i have it backwards. Either way these lyrics left out half the song.
    belli67on July 03, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:dylan is giving a big f you to his critics and saying he'll do whatever he damned well pleases (this is the album of electrification and all yknow)
    5isa4letterwordon July 18, 2002   Link

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