Certain Songs #96: Bob Dylan – “You’re A Big Girl Now”

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Album: Blood on the Tracks.

Year: 1974.

If Blood on the Tracks is about the pain of a major love affair falling apart, then “You’re A Big Girl Now” is quite possibly the most explicit song about the actual break-up.  It gets right to the point:

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off-a my feet
And I’m back in the rain, whoooooaoooooooh
And you are on dry land

But it’s not really the words that make me love this song so much, but rather the wordless cry that punctuates the middle of every single verse.

Later on in the song, he sings:

I’m going out of my mind, whoooooaaooooooh
With a pain that stops and starts
Like a corkscrew to my heart
Ever since we’ve been apart

For all of his wonderful use of words, nothing conveys more emotion, expresses more deeply the pain, sadness and anger that he’s feeling than that cry. In a weird way, it’s a fractal of the entire album, and the most beautiful part of one of the most beautiful songs he’s ever written.

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