"Love Minus Zero/No Limit" as written by and Bob Dylan....
My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn't have to say she's faithful
Yet she's true, like ice, like fire
People carry roses
And make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can't buy her

In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no success at all

The cloak and dagger dangles
Madams light the candles
In ceremonies of the horsemen
Even the pawn must hold a grudge
Statues made of matchsticks
Crumble into one another
My love winks, she does not bother
She knows too much to argue or to judge

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers' nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows rainy
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing

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"Love Minus Zero/No Limit" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Comment@veyen
    "In the dime stores and bus stations,
    People talk of situations,
    Read books, repeat quotations,
    Draw conclusions on the wall."

    This verse is interesting, but I think your link to the book of Daniel is a miss. I think this verse is a harsh critique of the average person's intelligence/worthiness.

    Starting with the imagery of people in bus stations who are repeating things they read in book. This reminds me of the idiot masses who read things that more intelligent people have written and then repeat them so as to sound smarter than they are. ("I'm so smart because I can quote Descartes!")

    Draw conclusions on the wall - based on the low-brow setting (dime stores and bus stations), my mind went immediately to the things written on bathroom stalls. This was more common in the past than it is today. You used to see all sorts of things written in there.

    I think Dylan is expressing his opinion of the average person's wisdom, equating it to the things scrawled on a bathroom stall.

    But my favorite lyric in the song is:

    My love she laughs like the flowers,
    Valentines can't buy her.

    I think this line just means what it literally says: No Valentine (suitor) could possibly buy her flowers more beautiful than her own laughter (her self, her beauty, her love).

    It's such a beautiful sentiment that if the lyric means anything else, I don't want to know about it :)
    judy110442on December 04, 2014   Link

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