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If Dogs Run Free
Bob Dylan Lyrics


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If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That's what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you'll be king
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it's all unknown
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be, and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Bob Dylan's song If Dogs Run Free reflect the hippie culture of the 1960s, a time where freedom was a central theme, and the idea of breaking away from societal norms was embraced. The line "If dogs run free, then why not we" serves as a metaphor, implying that humans should be allowed to roam and live their lives freely, without discrimination or societal boundaries.


The poet's "ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain" suggests that he is aware of the sounds of the environment and the music that nature provides. The following line, "The best is always yet to come, that's what they explain to me," suggests an optimistic view of life, and that one should always look forward to the future.


The second stanza reveals that the line "If dogs run free, why not me" represents a desire for the poet to break free from societal restraints and barriers, as he weaves a "symphony and tapestry of rhyme" in his mind. Dylan emphasizes the message that each person has their own path to follow, and that everyone is on their journey's unique unknown path.


The final stanza speaks of the healing powers of "true love," conveying a message of love, peace, and acceptance. Love is compared to nature, flowing effortlessly in harmony with the cosmic sea, instead of needing a company. This message ties into the idea that if dogs run free, humans can also find a path to freedom, happiness, and love.


Line by Line Meaning

If dogs run free, then why not we Across the swooping plain?
If dogs can run around freely, why can't we? Our senses can perceive the beauty of life around us in a vast landscape.


My ears hear a symphony Of two mules, trains and rain
I enjoy the symphony of sounds around me, which includes the melody of mules, trains and rain.


The best is always yet to come That's what they explain to me Just do your thing, you'll be king If dogs run free
I have been told that the best things in life are yet to come, so I should keep going on my path, doing my own thing, and eventually find my place in the world if dogs can continue living their lives with freedom.


If dogs run free, why not me Across the swamp of time?
Like dogs that run free, I wonder why I can't enjoy a similar freedom in chasing my aspirations rather than being stuck in the swamp of time.


My mind weaves a symphony And tapestry of rhyme
My imagination makes beautiful music and creativity, like a symphony and a tapestry of rhymes woven together.


Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee So it may flow and be To each his own, it's all unknown If dogs run free
Dear winds, help me find ears to listen to my story as it unfolds, to each of us has our unique journey and destinies. We never know what might happen, but we can always aspire to love and live life freely like dogs.


If dogs run free, then what must be Must be, and that is all
Dogs don't worry about the future, just live in the moment, and whatever happens will happen. Similarly, whatever is meant to be will happen for me.


True love can make a blade of grass Stand up straight and tall In harmony with the cosmic sea True love needs no company It can cure the soul, it can make it whole If dogs run free
True love has the power to make anything, no matter how insignificant or small, become amazing and noteworthy. Love connects and is part of the universe as a whole. True love is the antidote to heal any soul, no matter how broken, live freely and love like dogs do.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: BOB DYLAN

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@juancamacho5746

If dogs run free, then why not we
Across the swooping plain?
My ears hear a symphony
Of two mules, trains and rain
The best is always yet to come
That's what they explain to me
Just do your thing, you'll be king
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, why not me
Across the swamp of time?
My mind weaves a symphony
And tapestry of rhyme
Oh, winds which rush my tale to thee
So it may flow and be
To each his own, it's all unknown
If dogs run free

If dogs run free, then what must be
Must be, and that is all
True love can make a blade of grass
Stand up straight and tall
In harmony with the cosmic sea
True love needs no company
It can cure the soul, it can make it whole
If dogs run free



@nealluczkiewicz6846

Wow- what a comment.

I wonder what music you do like.

I sense a great resistance and maybe anger here.

There is something deep to explore for you.
The scat singer is dead on, perfectly in tune, singing "just enough" - not dominating.

The rhythm is calming, soothing and impeccable.
All the players, instruments, are listening to eachother and fit together like a perfect
jigsaw puzzle.

I really would like to know what you dislike
about this tune so much.



All comments from YouTube:

@DylanHamilton-lh4rk

The more i look at humanity the fonder i become of my dog man.

@wewerehereonce

This song was done in one shot, Ive read this in his autobiography literature.

@votephillips2564

this is a fine example of why Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize for Literature.

@paradisepipeco

Amen.

@paradisepipeco

"The reason dogs like to visit other dogs on the dairy farm is that dogs love to sniff another dog's dairy air."
~~ Fido McRover

@CptEtgar

@@paradisepipeco The Dogs of Reason are truly doomed.

@paradisepipeco

​@@CptEtgar Alas, young Jedi, you squeak naught but Truth; however the Porcupines of Ethics seem to be in even more dire and imminent peril. Sadly, however, it seems that the unfortunate Chicken of Diogenes has indeed already met its bleak destiny.....

@paradisepipeco

The fate of the Doomed Dogs of Reason
A foreboding forthcoming season
Epistemology, lacking ecology,
Leaves us all outside and freezin’

@robertthacher2660

If dogs run free why aren't we----Terrific blues progression with knockout lyrics and piano!

@rickyhemmle6183

Most likely, my favorite tune by the man, Bob Dylan.

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