When the Ship Comes In (2:54)

Cover of Bob Dylan: The Collection

From Bob Dylan: The Collection and 29 other releases

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Oh the time will come up when the winds will stop
And the breeze will cease to be breathin'
Like the stillness in the wind before the hurricane begins
The hour when the ship comes in

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  • RAY7654321

    Listening to Mr Dylan's 3rd album "The times they are a-changin'" released January 13, 1964 two months after Kennedy was assassinated. From the Only Solitaire Review: Apparently, Mr. Zimmerman was experiencing lots of indirect pressure from his folk music colleagues (and folks down at the record company as well) who wanted to have him put forth a real protest song album - you know, no obscure metaphorical shite like 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', too artsy and indirect to be appreciated by those whoe believed in music as a political instrument. Bobbie, then, who was writing songs at a dozen per cigarette and already had a good batch of protest songs in store at the time of release of Freewheelin', was quite willing to oblige. And that's exactly what you get - ten protest songs with straightahead, generic, unsophisticated (by Bob's own standards of 1964) lyrics.

    13 Oct 2:40pm Reply
  • ralfsu

    Then they’ll raise their hands, sayin’ we’ll meet all your demands, but we’ll shout from the bow your days are numbered, and like Pharoah’s tribe they’ll be drownded in the tide, and like Goliath, they’ll be conquered!

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ArcticSmiths

    The harmonica is great,just fucking great...

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • arr2171

    bootlegs vol 1 version <3

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Andr3a89

    Glad that hotel guy got Bob mad. [3]

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Just beautiful. Odd word for such a vengeful song, but that's Dylan for ya!

    27 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Peod6

    Check out The Pogue's version!

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • loweryjeffrey

    The greatest song in the history of the universe.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • r_m

    Glad that hotel guy got Bob mad. [2]

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • branchong

    Beautiful and strong.

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Mystaah

    I just love this song.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • LieveK

    And the words that are used for to get the ship confused, will not be understood as if spoken... wow

    26 Jan 2010 Reply
  • WLDB

    Yeah great lyrics. But thats to be expected from Dylan.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Moo-ny

    amazing tune, beautiful lyrics.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BlackCoffeeDuck

    The seagulls will be smiling!!

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Dominico123

    Wow, wow, wow. What a powerful song! He wrote it after he nearly wasn't allowed into a hotel with his girlfriend, Joan Baez, for looking too scruffy. Obviously he wasn't very pleased about that.

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Libertopian

    "..And the sun will respect every face on the deck, the hour that the ship comes in.." Bravo, Mr. Dylan.

    28 Apr 2009 Reply
  • McEten

    -46 to wastedish

    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Kurdt89

    +1 to wastedish

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sandl79

    Classique, toujours excellent...

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
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