Can you figure the theme of Bob Dylan's (What can i do for you) read this..

Saved - The album cover
Saudi Arabia
May 6, 2007 4:43am CST
Hi everybody and friends, i am starting this discussion and for some reason i am not expecting to get many responses, it is quite interesting though. This is a song by Bob Dylan, released in 1980, it is beautiful from his album titled(Saved), listen to the song if you can, or at least read the lyrics down and please would you answer the following: 1) DESCRIBE briefly, the general THEME of the song. 2) Expalin the verse (You have given all there is to give) 3) Explain the verse ( You have laid down your life for me) 4) Explain the verse ( I know all about poison, I know all about fiery darts) ___________________________________________________________________________ WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU-LYRICS You have given everything to me What can i do for you You have given me eyes to see What can i do for you Pulled me out of bondage and you made renewed inside Filled up a hunger, that had always been denied Opened up a door no man can shut and you opened it so wide And you've chosen me, to be, among the few What can i do for you You have laid down your life for me What can i do for you You have explained every mystery What can i do for you Soon as, a man is born, you know the sparks begin to fly He gets wise in his own eyes in he's made to believe a lie Who would deliver him from the death he's bound to die Well you've done it all and there's no more anyone can pretend to do What can i do for you You have given all there is to give What can i do for you You have given me life to live What can i do for you I know all about poison, i know all about fiery darts I don't care how rough the road is, show me where it starts Whatever pleases you, tell it to my heart Well i don't deserve it but i sure did make it through What can i do for you
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@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
7 May 07
I'm not very familiar with Bob Dylan, so I'm going to give it a try: 1)DESCRIBE briefly, the general THEME of the song. He converted to Christianity in the 90's I think, what I see in the song in general is, he wants some dialog with God. 2)Explain the verse (You have given all there is to give) Maybe he thought that Judaism prevented him from seeing the true picture of Christianity You have given everything to me What can I do for you You have given me eyes to see (*) What can I do for you 3)Explain the verse ( You have laid down your life for me) This verse tells me he is talking to God You have laid down your life for me (*) What can I do for you You have explained every mystery (*) What can I do for you 4)Explain the verse(I know all about poison,I know all about fiery darts) I think there were alot of criticism from his Jewish friends, fans, and in particular his family. I know all about poison, (*) I know all about fiery darts (*) I don't care how rough the road is, show me where it starts Whatever pleases you, tell it to my heart Well I don't deserve it but I sure did make it through What can I do for you Sorry about the (*) but it was the only way to emphasize
• Saudi Arabia
12 May 07
Hi Annie Sorry for commenting so late on this one, actually i tried to collect some material for this discussion but honestly i ran out of time, anyway the song is wonderful no doubt about that. Anyway i guess there's more to it than what i said below but it is merely a humble attmept from my side for sharing thoughts and information here. There are three points i inquired in this discussion and this is what i have come up with so far: 1) FIERY DARTS: This is actually quite interesting , it lead me to read a few pages on the internet, let us see for example: In the Ephesians (one of the new testament books), it says:(..Above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked..). A Fiery Dart is the storm or the distraction from the wicked. In other words, a fiery dart is the twinge of doubt that happens to the faithful as he goes back to the Lord. To make it more simple, if someone believes he is on the right track and he wants to be closer to the Almighty Lord (God), he starts being a good and faithful person, he becomes a real believer, but the Devil won't leave him alone, what happens is; the Devil will use every way possible to distract this person and make him deviate from his track. With the born-again christians, this twinge of doubt may occur when they for instance think of the Virgin birth. If the faithful resists all temptations of the Devil, the latter may leave him for awhile and try again later if possible. How to quench or fight the fiery darts of the wicked? Simply by having a strong shield of faith which is the words from the Almighty Lord. We find in Ephesians (..put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil...) so it is must that we contend or fight back against the fiery darts of the wicked for our measure of faith. We are given the words from the Lord to fight evil and if we take these words into our hearts that it becomes a part of us, the stronger we grow in our battle against Satan. You certainly will find identical stuff in all religion books. In Islam, for instance, you'll find a similar thing, a true believer has to say prayers and must take words from the Lord into his mind and heart so that, as much as possible he will apply the words from the Almighty Lord in his daily life. It is the only way to fight Evil. So Dylan as a born-again christian, believes he'll be facing all obstacles and hurdles and he knows it is a tough road to walk thru' but he will never back down. Honestly i don't know what the word poison refers to. 2) The verse: You have given all there is to give I guess it is a thank-you word from Bob to the Lord, in my point of view the meaning is nice but i may say that the Lord gives endlessly, his graces upon us are countless, his mercy is perpetual and never-seizing so i would say the verse (all there is to give) would not convey the right meaning coz it implies there is a limit for the Lord ability to give (I am just experessing my view here). 3) The verse: You have laid down your life for me This is another way to show gratitude to the Lord, the words are nice but i think i may say here that the Lord's Life is an absolute thing, in my point of view, He won't lay down His Life for anyone, He always gives graces to bless and reward people but no matter how endless and huge, His graces and mercy are, but His Life is completley indepedant, meaning He gives but at the same time His life mustn't be described as (laid down for anyone). If i were to write the verse, I would not say The Almighty Lord laid down his life for me, i may compose it in a different way. I guess, a true believer always believes, he lays down his life for the Lord or in other words he always believes he must serve the Lord and surely this is the message, Dylan wanted to convey in the song. By the way, Bob reflected that in a song titled (Gotta Serve Somebody) in his wonderful album (Slow Train Coming) released in 1979 one year before (Saved). anyway, that's how i understand it at least.... Thank you very very very very much Annie for your AVP, it means a lot to me and thanks for being patient with me as well, again excuse typos :D
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
12 May 07
WoW you summed it up once again in such manner I'm speechless my friend! Thank you for the best vote, but you actually deserve it more:) xx