9 February 2020

Ain't talkin', just walkin'

I could have been someone....



Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Through this weary world of woe
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
No one on earth would ever know








If I'd had the time
My garden would shine with roses
My house would freshly sparkle
My books would be read
I might have been content




If I'd had the time
I would be fluent in every tongue
Well almost every (at least some)
I would remember jokes, and history,
You could ask me anything




I could have been someone
Well, so could anyone
So goes the song
Yes, so it goes.




If I'd had the time
It would not have been squandered
I would have studied, practised,
I could have been good at things
I might have got beyond Prelude IX




If I'd had the time
I'd have been better
As a friend, a father and a lover
I might even have earned respect
Perhaps people might have listened





Time would have been my friend, my brother,
Entwined in loved embracing
The days passing without regrets
Like migrating fieldfare, 
Ever to return




I could have been someone
Well, so could anyone
So goes the song
Yes, so it goes




But, I did have the time
But I used it all up
Well, almost all of it,
Now I just ask for a little more,

Where did it go?




I could have been someone
Well, so could anyone
So goes the song.
So, it goes.







Ain't talkin', just walkin'
Up the road, around the bend
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
In the last outback at the world's end


Bob Dylan
Ain't Talkin'




With thanks to Jem Finer and Shame MacGowan