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Not very many songs compare to Bob Dylans timeless Like A Rolling Stone He explores areas that most conventional lyricists and composers do not touch Bob tells us many of lifes lessons in a mere six minutes and nine seconds The divine Bob describes life before and after the fall from fame and fortune by telling the stories of multiple persons speaking to them in conversation The theme of this song is loss whether is it loss of social status money or trust for humanity The first stanza tells the listener or reader not to throw the bums a dime because it is easy to loan too many peoples money and never be repaid leaving the possibility of losing everything The lines of the first stanza address someone as you suggesting they are speaking directly to the subject of the stanza The lyrics of Like a Rolling Stone when close read as in the past you the mystery individual the song is addressing were rich and flashed your money around spending and lending your money to people who never had any intent of paying you back Dylan uses a similar idea in A Man of Constant Sorrow in lines 15 and 16 If I had known how bad youd treat me honey I never would have come This line implies that he came a long way to see someone and help them and was never thanked for his efforts in the same way the subject of this stanza was never repaid for their charity Line three goes on that people told you that if you werent prudent with your money youd lose everything and you didnt take them seriously You used to laugh at those who had less than you but now you dont laugh at all You dont act like a big shot anymore because youre working hard just to be able to eat and dont have the money to flash around The first
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