30-Day Song Challenge Day Four
Day four of the 30-day song challenge asks for a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.
The thirty day song challenge is picking songs from given prompts and if you’d like to understand my reasoning for doing this please follow this link for day one – 30-DAY SONG CHALLENGE
So far we’ve had favourite colour, a number and a song that reminds me of summer. All very nice, fluffy topics. This challenge was going splendid…but…wait…what? I’m being asked to choose a song that fucking does what now? You want to make me think of someone that my brain has tried to erase all thoughts of? You sadistic bastard! I’m just a silly comedy writer that used to perform jokes about shitting my pants!
But…I have been thinking and trying to be more honest in my writing. I don’t know why or if this is the way for me to go but I have been feeling that I want to show more of me in my writing. So strap in, because that is what you’re flipping getting!
The song I have chosen is called ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ By Bob Dylan. To be honest with you, I could pick a Bob Dylan track for every day on this list as I would say he is the artist I’ve listened to and loved the most (a close winner ahead of Johnny Cash). His songs and lyrics span 50 years and every concievable emotion or thought can be found somewhere in his back catalogue.
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
For me it was a choice between two songs by Dylan for day four, a day that will go down in history as the day I lost my shit due to having to be open! Doesn’t the creator of this list know that I am a repressed British person? WTF, list creator?
Both of the possible songs are from Dylan’s seminal (I wonder how many times I will write the word ‘seminal’ in this series of blogs) album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan released in May 1963. The first choice was ‘Girl From The North Country’ and the second was, of course, ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’. I chose the later because I feel it best sums up the person(s) I would rather forget about perfectly in that I don’t look back with any ill feeling now…”It’s alright” as Bob sings.
You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time
There is a large possibility that many people doing this challenge will pick an ex-partner for day four. Well, I would like to annouce that…I am no different. But in a way, this is. I have one person I would like to forget…but I actually have two.
I had a very good friend many years ago while I was living in London, we even shared a house for a while. We were kindred spirits in many ways and spent lots of time just hanging out. This friend had a sister, who (naturally) took a shine to me. I can’t blame her, she is but a woman and I am Paul Dance and I used to light my farts at parties. Anyway one day my friend called me and told me that his sister would like to go out for a drink with me. Going on a date with a close friends sister wasn’t something I had never considered before but we had got on well the times we had met so it wasn’t totally out of the blue when he told me. My friend seemed really keen for it to happen and so…it happened.
Goodbye Is Too Good A Word
I’m sure you already have a slight inkling of where this is headed so I will cut to the chase. The time duly arrived when she came to break everything up. It was totally out of the blue, people can always say that but it totally was. I was totally in love with her. I was left in some kind of shock. It felt like a bereavement, one minute she was there and everything was great, or so I thought.
There was no kind of ‘break-up chat’ about why this was happening, she just ended it and refused to talk to me so I was totally lost and confused. This may sound like I’m hiding something and that I did something terrible but in the spirit of my new found writing honesty, I didn’t do anything.
My friend who was now in the middle of all this expressed that he had no idea why things had gone the way they had and wanted to stay out of it. Totally understandable and I bore no ill feeling for him taking that position.
I never did find out what had happened and as the months went by the friend and myself slowly drifted apart. I guess thats what will happen if there is a HUGE elephant in the room. He moved away for work a few months later.
I think the reason this song reminds me of them is because I no longer wish them any ill feeling. I’m no Dalia Lama bloke but I tend not to look back at things with any anger or bitterness like I used to do. It’s something that I’ve worked on and feel it’s led me to feel more happier in myself. We’re all just people, trying to do the best we can. Sometimes we make mistakes, sometimes we are mean or angry. But it’s rare that we ever come into contact with somone that’s just downright evil. I think the lyrics below best sum up how I feel about her.
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don’t mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don’t think twice, it’s all right
Anyway, I found this video which consists of old footage of London over the track. I seems a fitting video to watch when thinking about something from my London past.
If you wish to learn who this Bob Dylan bloke is, you can do by following the link below.