I Want U

“Throne”will take me awhile, as I dig into Dylan’s 80’s, 70’s, and 60’s albums for it downloading all of his lyrics, which I will not have to do for every word.  I know at this point I can check Michel’s up to 92 concordance for it, but I don’t want to.  What I want is process and discovery for this blog.

Speaking of wanting, I have a different take on “I Want You.” I think Dylan’s playing with the word “you”  or rather the sound “u.”  I think he’s saying I want “u,” the sound, to enter that song.  Ricks spotlights the equivocal meaning of “sense” and “cents” in “It’s All Over Now Baby Blues”:

The highway is for gamblers better use your sense.’

Yes, better, one who bets, use your cents well.

I want u.

Dylan wants a u.  Vanna, Where are you/u?

After the first stanza, which sets up the conflict, “The silver saxophones say I should refuse you,” someone telling him to refuse “u” (how does a poet do that exactly?) see how long it takes for Dylan to get to a “u” sound in song:

The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it’s not that way
I wasn’t born to lose you

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

The drunken politician leaps
Upon the street where mothers weep
And the saviors who are fast asleep, they wait for you
And I wait for them to interrupt
Me drinkin’ from my broken cup
And ask me to
Open up the gate for you

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

How all my fathers, they’ve gone down
True love they’ve been without it
But all their daughters put me down
’Cause I don’t think about it

Well, I return to the Queen of Spades
And talk with my chambermaid
She knows that I’m not afraid to look at her
She is good to me
And there’s nothing she doesn’t see
She knows where I’d like to be
But it doesn’t matter

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

Now your dancing child with his Chinese suit
He spoke to me, I took his flute
No, I wasn’t very cute to him, was I?
But I did it, though, because he lied
Because he took you for a ride
And because time was on his side
And because I . . .

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

Yup, not until the last stanza before the final chorus. (And yes, if you looked/listened close, the word “True” that begins line 22, is the long “u” sound, but it is not used in a rhyme.  Why else would Dylan want a “u”?)

And that last stanza houses a sudden barage of long “u” rhymes:  suit/flute/cute followed by a steel curtain of “i” sounds.  Yes, “I” wants “U” and both unite at the end.

And because I . . .
I want u

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