Standing on your window, honey
Yes, I've been here before
Feeling so harmless, I'm looking at your second door
How come you don't send me no regards?
You know I want your lovin'
Honey, why are you so hard?

Kneeling 'neath your ceiling
Yes, I guess I'll be here for a while
I'm tryin' to read your portrait
But i'm helpless, like a rich man's child
How come you send someone out to have me barred?
You know I want your lovin'
Honey, why are you so hard?

Like a poor fool in his prime
Yes, I know you can hear me walk
But is your heart made out of stone, or is it lime
Or is it just solid rock?

Well, I lean into your hallway
Lean against your velvet door
I watch upon your scorpion
Who crawls across your circus floor
Just what do you think you have to guard?
You know I want your lovin'
Honey, but you're so hard

Achilles is in your alleyway
He don't want me here, he does brag
He's pointing to the sky
And he's hungry, like a man in drag
How come you get someone like him to be your guard?
You know I want your lovin'
Honey, but you're so hard

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Temporary Like Achilles Lyrics as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +1
    General CommentI love it too. Typical Blonde on Blonde song. Making you think 'what the -hell- could that mean?'.
    tiffany-twistedon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the general meaning is basically summed up in the lines 'you know i want your lovin', honey, but your so hard' - he loves the girl but she's making it needlessly difficult. I think the name Achilles is used to for the guy she's with because he's saying he's not perfect. Maybe about Edie Sedgwich and Andy Warhol?
    msr123on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the reference to Achilles means that the girl is very tough and can't be broken except for in her one weak spot, (Achilles' was his heel). I love the third verse part about the scorpion and circus floor. Also, I though it was tryna read your POETRY? I know on him website it says otherwise but still...
    jasssson February 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe wants to sex her up but she's playing hard to get
    yourtongueinhisteethon August 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRealy love this song, can't understand why so many people conmsider it a dud.…
    has a bit of an explaination
    HunterUkon July 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIve only just been getting into this song, but i reckon its one of the best on Blonde on Blonde.
    There's a lot of contrasts in it between masculinity and femininity. The girl being "hard" for example, and her "guard" who is presumably Achilles.
    But Dylan sees these two as temporary and fake, whilst his love for her and the fact that they should be together as true and permamnent. Like in Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat and Just Like A Woman and a lot of his other songs, like To Ramona, he's criticizing/helping the woman by telling her she should be living her own life, not doing what masculininty (achilles, the guard, + the hardness) is telling her to do.
    dan105on July 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA song about being in love with a neighbor.
    jigsawyouth666on September 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the title is a reference to Achilles in the Illiad... he chooses a short life of glory over a long, boring life in obscurity.
    skjellyfettion May 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationBob is Achilles. He temporarily has a weekness because this chick has his spot.
    TheBeckleson April 17, 2010   Link
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    General Commentachilles was supposed to be immortal, except his heal was his weakness, this song is about teen love and the girl is a virgin nd not given in but like achilles her virginity is only temporary and the singer is trying to find her weakness
    tdawg013on April 13, 2011   Link

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