Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone
Original Translation of Slang

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you ?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.


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How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

so fine so well
bums homeless people in your prime in your best years
doll girl
kiddin' you joking

hangin' out spending time there (the bums)


scrounging looking around, trying to get something for free





rolling stone not a reference to the Rolling Stones. Like them, Dylan more likely took this phrase from the old saying, "A rolling stone gathers no moss."

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but know you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

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How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

get juiced get drunk

gonna going to

tramp a homeless person who travels around





on your own alone

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

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Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

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get your kicks for you provide your entertainment
chrome horse motorcycle

Ain't it isn't it
where it's at the right one


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steeple (not slang) the pointy thing on the top of a church


pawn give it to a store as security for a loan babe girl





you got no you don't have any

 

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