Feb 5 – Gotta Serve Somebody


As Dylan’s first release during his “gospel” period, “Gotta Serve Somebody” was met with divisive reviews; John Lennon famously criticized the song and wrote a parody titled “Serve Yourself” in response. Nevertheless, the single won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1980. … Cash Box said that the “bluesy instrumentals” were the song’s highlight and that “Dylan avoids a preachy tone with humorous asides.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotta_Serve_Somebody

Yesterday’s blog Living In-Between was a difficult message directed at myself. It is something I needed. I shared it with you in case it might be of help to someone you know.

Upon second thought, I realize that some messages are best kept to oneself, at least until you’ve had more time to consider the possible consequences for putting those words out into the world.

Here’s two more thoughts on yesterday’s blog:

  1. Thich Nhat Hanh taught that it’s important to look deeply before speaking lovingly. In his book, For A Future to Be Possible, (c) 1993, Thay’ says, “We only need to choose our words carefully, and we can make other people happy. To use words mindfully, with loving kindness, is to practice generosity.” p. 41
  2. For some reason, my favorite verse of this Dylan song is #5. It always makes me smile 🙂


Gotta Serve Somebody en.wikipedia.org

6 thoughts on “Feb 5 – Gotta Serve Somebody

  1. Ana Daksina

    What on Earth could it be in that former post which has you feeling so bad about yourself? I just read it again, and found nothing but affirmation in it. I’d go find the comment of whoever found something in that to complain about, but I’d just give it an honest response, and none of us wants that… What I want is for you to feel better, my friend.

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