On s’étonne qu’un si jeune homme (il avait 22 ans lorsqu’il l’a enregistrée en 1963) ait pu produire une chanson si pleine de nostalgie pour sa jeunesse. Bob Dylan‘s Dream figurait dans le deuxième album de son auteur. C’est une chanson qui parle des amis perdus, du temps passé des certitudes, du regret de ne pas pouvoir revenir en arrière.

« Et aussi facile qu’il était de distinguer le noir du blanc, il était facile de distinguer le mal du bien. Et nos choix étaient peu nombreux si bien que l’idée ne nous traversait pas que la route sur laquelle nous voyagions, un jour se diviserait… »

La chanson est ici interprétée par Peter, Paul & Mary – qui n’étaient pas beaucoup plus vieux !


BOB DYLAN’S DREAM

While riding on a train goin’ west
I fell asleep for to take my rest
I dreamed a dream that made me sad
Concerning myself and the first few friends I had

With half-damp eyes I stared to the room
Where my friends and I spent many an afternoon
Where we together weathered many a storm
Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn

By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung
Our words were told, our songs were sung
Where we longed for nothin’ and were quite satisfied
Talkin’ and a-jokin’ about the world outside

With haunted hearts through the heat and cold
We never thought we could ever get old
We thought we could sit forever in fun
But our chances really was a million to one

As easy it was to tell black from white
It was all that easy to tell wrong from right
And our choices were few and the thought never hit
That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split

How many a year has passed and gone
And many a gamble has been lost and won
And many a road taken by many a first friend
And each one I’ve never seen again

I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that