"It Ain't Me Babe" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Go 'way from my window
Leave at your own chosen speed
I'm not the one you want, babe
I'm not the one you need
You say you're lookin' for someone
Who's never weak but always strong
To protect you an' defend you
Whether you are right or wrong
Someone to open each and every door
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe

Go lightly from the ledge, babe
Go lightly on the ground
I'm not the one you want, babe
I will only let you down
You say you're lookin' for someone
Who will promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes for you
Someone to close his heart
Someone who will die for you an' more
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe

Go melt back in the night
Everything inside is made of stone
There's nothing in here moving
An' anyway I'm not alone
You say you're looking for someone
Who'll pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
An' to come each time you call
A lover for your life an' nothing more
But it ain't me, babe
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe


Lyrics submitted by Kitten_61, edited by Mellow_Harsher, deborah305

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  • +3
    General CommentI love Dylan's use of "babe" here. We always think of it as a filler word, as it is used today. A pet name, or something to run up and down the scale on as you show off your range. In reality, it is simple, pure, and endearing. Whether he is speaking to a country, a woman, or the folkies, he loves them. It's the ultimate, "I love you dearly, but I cannot be with you right now." Not a break up- frusteration. The frusteration of something difficult separating them.

    How incredible. Oh, Bob. You always make my day.
    emer327on May 25, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song. it's so sad, and sweet at the same time, but it breaks your heart. i love you, but i'm not the one you want, or the one you need. you want someone who can give more of himself, and that just isn't me. maybe i want to be that person, but i can't. i'm sorry. you should leave me, because i just can't be what you need, regardless of how i feel about you or how you feel about me.
    luckye225on June 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe best anti-love song ever.
    dorareeveron April 26, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've never looked at it that way, but Jpadgeman is SO right. Of course, Dylan writes songs in many levels so I don't think it's wrong to believe that it is also about the folk music and, why not, some girl. After all, look at the guy. He's a stone-cold heartbreaker. Never looking back.
    cavernon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe relationship is probably his with the 60s generation. in "Chronicles" he shows utter disdain about being called 'the voice of a generation.' He's not willing to get assasinated, "to die for you," like MLK or JFK or RFK, it's not for him to be a leader, he's a song writer.

    You say you're lookin' for someone
    Never weak but always strong,
    To protect you an' defend you
    Whether you are right or wrong,
    Someone to open each and every door,
    But it ain't me, babe,
    Leeeesaon July 26, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song isn't about love or about war. He was talking to all the people who were trying to make him the leader of a movement he wanted no part of. It was popular to be a rebel then, and they made him out to be their leader, but Bob wasn't all that "'rebellious" if anything he was rebelling against the rebels see the song "my back pages" where he talks about about pointing at the mongrel dogs who teach, fearing not id become my enemy at the moment that I preached" Bob wanted people to think for themselves and not judge others
    cja75on June 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's saying he's not good enough for her, He is unable to give her what she wants and needs . (Unconditional Love)
    Qsqawon July 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWrong. Wrong. Wrong. This is one of the best anti-war songs ever. He's singing it to the Statue of Liberty. The only thing that's more than dying for you is killing someone else for you. "Each time you call" is the draft. Made of stone is obvious. Protect you and defend you if you are right or wrong. Do I need to go on!
    Jpadgemanon September 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song reminds me of coming out of a bad relationship and meeting someone great but you just don't have the energy to start another relationship and give more after you've put so much energy into one that died.

    And Jpadgeman, it could definitly be about that but haven't you ever heard someone refer to someone as "made of stone." That's the beauty of the song.
    jeni_girlon October 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJpadgeman - Huh. I never looked at it that way before. But I think you're right.
    amaltheaon January 11, 2005   Link

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