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BOB DYLAIN: SEA OF THE DROWNED


Bob Dylain's "Sea of the Drowned:"


Oh, the laughter of the drowned

It’s being lost in the storm

And the piercing prayers of the found

Where the judgment is still unknown


In the sea of the drowned

In the echo of whale games

In the cities of the cheated

In the midnight haze


In the narrow lanes of traffic

And the sounds of distant bells

And the chimes of sunset

It’s being lost in the storm


And the bells of dawn are ringing in the night 

Like a tune that was played before

I saw you in the wild wind

I wasn’t sure if I loved you or not


It was so easy to love you, babe

You were so close and apart of me

I’m still hurting from the visions of dreams

And the smell of rotten meat


I was lyin’ down in the reeds

In the shade behind the wall

Oh, the pleasures of solitude are gone

And the stars are becalmed


In the sea of the drowned

In the echo of whale games

In the cities of the cheated

In the midnight haze


In the narrow lanes of traffic

And the sounds of distant bells

And the chimes of sunset

It’s being lost in the storm


What do we make of this one? Another tune with lots of loss, death, natural phenomena pushed up against city life. "Drowned," "lost in the storm," "whale games," give this one kind of a Melleville-like tone. "Midnight haze" and "cities of the cheated" give a sense of unknown and uncontrollable outcomes for the folks unlucky enough to be "lost in the storm." Again feels like we're in the Dylan neighborhood, but lacking something that really feels unique.


Concerning the process, this is one case in which I performed more editing than I have in the past. I wanted to see if I could adhere to some kind of rhyme structure, and see if that made the overall composition feel more like a Dylan original. I didn't add any words to the raw output, but I used the raw material more like a lyrical sketchbook--like raw source material that could be moved around and combined with a line further down the page, for example, or a line that was too wordy might need some excising done to make it work. I don't know how Dylan writes his songs, but it's possible to imagine that he might work this way, by editing or re-arranging words he's come up with to fit into the structure of a finished piece. I also combined a few stanzas to form a chorus that could be repeated a few times throughout. Here's a link to the raw output if you're curious to see what was changed.

SEA_RAW_01
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I'm also doing my best to check these generated lyrics against Dylan's existing catalog. As far as I can tell, there is nothing significant in these new lyrics that has been repeated from his catalog.


If you're enjoying this exploration, please drop me a line and let me know what you think.