What good am I some like all the rest
If I just turn away when I see how you're dressed
If I shut myself off so I can't hear you cry
What good am I?

What good am I if I know and don't do
If I see and don't say if I look right through you
If I turn a deaf ear to the thunderin' sky
What good am I?

What good am I while you softly weep
And I hear in my head what you say in your sleep
And I freeze in the moment like the rest who don't try
What good am I?

What good am I then to others and me
If I had every chance and yet still fail to see
If my hands are tied must I not wonder within
Who tied them and why and where must I have been

What good am I if I say foolish things
And I laugh in the face of what sorrow brings
And I just turn my back while you silently die
What good a I?

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"What Good Am I?" as written by Bob Dylan


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  • +2
    General CommentPowerful song.
    frankbooth7on March 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful.
    fall poetasteron March 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is insainly good. It's a very good thinkiing song. I think everyone has asked themself "what good am i" at some point. Also i love the fadeaway intro it's so beautiful. To say that this is underatted would be a massive understatement. I can think of maybe 5 Dylan songs that are better than this, but not 10. A masterpeace!!
    thrashgrunge4lifeon July 09, 2012   Link
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    General CommentTom Jones did an outstanding cover of this song on his "Praise
    RonLeeon August 20, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI wonder if the thoughts behind this song led to the album title. What good am I? Not much, really. I am an undeserving recipient of mercy. Oh mercy!
    Carloteson January 28, 2018   Link

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