So lately I’ve been listening to “Tomorrow is a Long Time,” and I’m a big fan of it. It was originally written by Bob Dylan and recorded by a whole ton of folks, but eventually Dylan cut his own version, which is great (it’s on iTunes). My favorite, though, is the latest rendition by Nickel Creek because of the way they’ve arranged Dylan’s simple poetry-to-guitar-music original. The vocals, guitar, mandolin, and violin are awesome together.
I’m also a fan of the way Dylan’s writing expresses the wistfully hopeful reflection of one waiting for his love to return (or arrive, as it were). In this way there’s a special meaning for me, because I too am waiting for my future wife and can definitely identify with the loneliness of which he writes. I can also identify with the isolation that introspection on this subject brings, and Dylan’s lyrics are a reminder that I can’t spend too much time in my own head – I’ve got to engage this world and place my hope and trust in Christ, lest I become embittered, reclusive, and holistically grumpy.
So give it a listen and let me know what you think – I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
(a fair warning – the video is a bit cheesy… but you get what you pay for)
“Tomorrow is a Long Time”
(written by Bob Dylan; covered by Nickel Creek)
If today was not a endless highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn’t such a long time
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
If I could hear her heart a softly poundin’
Only if she was lyin’ by me
Would I lie in my bed once again
I can’t see my reflection in the water
I can’t speak the sounds that show no pain
I can’t hear the echo of my footsteps
Or can’t remember the sounds of my own name
There’s beauty in the silver, singin’ river
There’s beauty in the sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothin’ else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true loves eyes