Sunday, May 25, 2008

Neighborhood Bully (Bob Dylan, 1983)

This song was written in 1983 by Dylan...and is pro-Israel; still poignant today. -MS.

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man, His enemies say he's on their land. They got him outnumbered about a million to one, He got no place to escape to, no place to run. He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive, He's criticized and condemned for being alive. He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thickskin, He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in. He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land, He's wandered the earth an exiled man. Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn, He's always on trial for just being born. He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized, Old women condemned him, said he should apologize. Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad. The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad. He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him, 'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac. He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of. What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love. He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side. He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace, They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease. Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep. They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep. He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone, Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon. He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand, In bed with nobody, under no one's command. He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon, No contract he signed was worth what it was written on. He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth, Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health. He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for? Nothin', they say. He just likes to cause war. Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed, They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed. He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars? Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars? Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill, Running out the clock, time standing still, Neighborhood bully.


Shira said...

Take a few minutes and go to:

It's really important to know who is the neighborhood bully!

Please watch this video about Israel and learn what the "neighborhood" has to say about this country that just marked its 60th birthday;

Michelle said...

Thank you, Shira for the link. It certainly is amazing that so many have good comments to say about Israel, and there are those who want to "wipe Israel off the map".

What would these people, these countries, have done without her?


Shira said...

Israel remains at the forefront of HighTech and Medical breakthroughs that benefit the entire world. We have our problems like the USA (corrupt, inept leaders, etc.) but I found it a great place to rear my 3 daughters as a single parent, while pursuing my vocation as an Israeli tourist Guide for 36 years.

Bullying will cease when we realize we are all One, and exercise compassion towards everyone. It is really not so hard, and therein lies true happiness, according to the Dalai Lama.