…breaks like a little girl
I had/have a great friend who’s a complete Dylan nut. Back in the day, I found his songs intriguing but couldn’t handle his raspy voice for more than 20 minutes. But over the years, there are a few Dylan songs that have become old friends and my relationship and understanding of them has changed with my continued move forward. Although cliche and universally liked, my faves are:
1. Tangled up in Blue
2. Shelter from the Storm
3. Just like a woman
The last one especially feels like it’s got a new tender meaning now that I’m a bit older. Having sailed through my teens and about to enter my mid-20’s, sometimes I do feel like I ‘break like a little girl’ despite the fact that I have business cards and a million stamps in my passport.
Anyway, here’s a video of Dylan performing the song in 1966.
Really, who knows what the song is really about but here’s an article written by someone who’s clearly given it a lot of thought:
Quote: Take Just Like A Woman. It was one of the first Dylan songs I heard, yet it took until friday (March 6, 1998) before I suddenly saw the genius in the song (as apart from its beauty or its cleverness). It all works on a harmonical level, of course. Not much more than three chords and its variations, but here it all comes together very nicely. Whatever the text is about – drugs, transvestitism, or whatever – the music is about pain and unfulfilled love.