When people talk about Bob Dylan, Mother Goose does not usually enter the conversation. But it could be that there is an important connection between Dylans lyrics and the songs and stories of childhood. In 1991 he recorded This Old Man for a Disney charity album.
"This Old Man
In 92, Dylan recorded Under the Red Sky, a song that quotes old Mother Goose rhymes and another childhood favorite, Froggie Went a-Courtin.
"Next to come in was a bumbly-bee uh-huh
Phrases like "jingle jangle morning" and his autobiographical description of himself as a "humdinger, folksinger, deadringer, for a thing-a-majigger" further reveal Dylans connection to children s verse.
But the youthful connection to Dylan works another way as well. In a 1999 article in the New Yorker, Alex Ross suggested that one reason some of Dylans fans have had trouble relating to him in the 80s and 90s was because people connect Dylan with their youth an idea Dylan himself may have communicated in his lyrics. In 1964s My Back Pages, Dylan suggests a Peter Pan like resistance to growing up when he sings, "I was so much older then, Im younger than that now." And in 1973s, Forever Young, he laid all his cards on the table when he wrote:
"May you grow up to be righteous,
Copyright © 2001 by Kevin Shortsleeve
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