Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I
Proud 'neath heated brow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull. I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I'd become my enemy
In the instant that I preach
My pathway led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow.
Ah, but I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.


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    This is abob dylan song! knowing the ramones did a folk song makes them that much better.

    oidimedon May 10, 2004   Link
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    I've never heard either version :(, but it seems it's about how younger people are always more idealistic and headstrong and more willing to stand up for themselves, and when they age, they become a little scared of making mistakes, just like when they were children.

    Child Of Musicon May 27, 2005   Link
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    oidmed, ITS NOT A FOLK SONG! if you would read the lyrics, it tells of how it is NOT a folk song, and child of music, you're truly an idiot, why would you read these lyrics if you've never even heard the song! and you got completely wrong, it's about dylan admitting that he was a little boringetc with all the protest stuff and has become more fun

    hoitsmithon May 29, 2007   Link

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