Happy Birthday Bob Dylan.
Fantasy Bob isn't sure that you really got cricket. He doesn't think you ever played the game. But a poet like you must have a sense of its drama and its grandeur. It was no surprise to FB therefore to discover some great cricket songs among your back catalogue - it's about time these numbers were brought together onto a single album.
Bowlin' in the WindLike a Rolling Stone was a definitive track for FB as he was growing up - never bettered, even though there seems to be no reference to cricket in it - or is this a precise analysis of facing your first ball? How does it feel to be on your own, with no direction home, like a complete unknown.........
A Hard Rain's Gonna Stop Play
Tangled Up on the Crease
Bob Dylan's 115th Innings
Don't Think Twice, Get on the Front Foot
Gates of Eden Gardens
I Threw it All Away (but my action was subsequently pronounced legitimate)
Lillee, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
Wide is Just a Four Letter Word
The Lonesome Run of Chris Tavare
Stuck Inside of Melbourne with the Ashes Blues Again
Positively Fourth Eleven
It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Batting.
But if you asked Fantasy Bob to think really hard and choose his favourite Dylan lyric ever, it might well be this - Love Minus Zero/No Limit - hear the man himself in an archive recording on the link. This really does say it all about batting:
She knows there's no success like failure, and failure's no success at all
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