Just like a Woman (Bob Dylan)

The speaker discusses how this pain is only within himself and nobody else can feel it or understand his grief. Bob stands alone watching as he beloved changes before his eyes: “Nobody feels any pain tonight as I stand inside the rain ev’eybody knows that baby’s got new clothes.” (1). The woman he used to love is no longer within the eyes of the girl who wears all these new fancy clothes and stands out so much, attracting everyone’s attention. I believe that Bob wishes his beloved never changed and was the same simple way she used to be, it does not feel like her or look like her. He does not wish to be with this fake individual. The truth is that the love within this relationship is made up and has never been true for either one of them. I solely understand the feelings he has developed about this and I am happy to see he made the necessary choice needed to make himself happy.

The speaker discusses that the woman he once loved is blind to who she really is, she wants to be special: that baby can’t be blessed till she sees finally that she’s like all the rest with her fog, her amphetamine and her pearls” (1). She no longer wants to be the odd one out, she wants to be somebody. Her mind is clouded and her clothes shine brighter than who she really is, the woman does not realize that this makes her the same as them. I understand how he feels, Bob understands that she wants to be different and special, but she forgot that he loved her and she was special to him. I can see how her clouded judgement caused her to change so drastically and forget who she was and what she meant to the person that mattered most. Some people believe that they must become something that they are not to impress someone else or the people around them. I believe this is not needed to feel loved or admire by the many people around you, especially if it means hurting the one you love most.

The speaker discusses his feelings since day one of this relationship that is tearing apart. He was searching for peace and found her, but in the end, it did not work: It was raining from the first and I was dying there of thirst so I came in here and your long-time curse hurts” (1). The love that he thought would be comforting and blissful turns out to be tragic and full of sadness. in comparison to what he went through before her met her is much better and less painful.  Before he met her Bob was going through hard times, I hoped that this song would have been about how the love of this spouse changed his life and improved his motivation, but it is the complete opposite. He states that the relationship was not right from the first day and I cannot believe it was that bad. In my opinion a relationship cannot be bad from day one because if that was the case then the two beings would need not waste time becoming a couple, but I do understand what Bob means by this.

The speaker discusses that he believes it is time for them to break up, he speaks his deepest thoughts, expressing his feelings: Yes, I believe it’s time for us to quit, but when we meet again introduced as friends, please don’t let on that you knew me when I was hungry and it was your world” (1). He does not wish to let her go completely, but the relationship does not work, as friends Bob wishes her not to bring up the hardships of their relationship and how much weakness he showed even though it was her fault why this happened. He finally puts his foot down and states that it is over. I see why he was so drastic in speaking his thoughts, but at the same time I also understand why he wants to be friends while only ending the intimate relationship. He asks her not to bring up the hardships they have endured during their relationship, so this I can completely agree with.  I do know that not all relationships end on good terms meaning that the couple breaks up for an agreed purpose and understands what this means.

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