BOB DYLAN – MYSTICAL DREAMS, PORTENTS AND PROPHECIES IN HIS WORK
by Rosemarie Rowley
“I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in your dream.”
I said that.
Bob Dylan, 1963
This was said tongue-in-cheek after singing a song about a nightmare about World War III. It is also can be read as an endearing and serious invitation given to a spellbound audience in Newport in 1963 to share this and other dreams. The fact that the import of these dreams takes the form of songs is specifically of interest in a post-modern age, of which Bob Dylan is the popular precursor and exponential artist.