Bob Dylan – Neighborhood Bully


În momente ca acesta, în care antisemitismul European este din ce în ce mai acerb, cînd un om ca Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, care declară că Holocaustul este o minciună şi că vrea să şteargă Israelului de pe hartă, este primit la sediul ONU în centrul New York-ului – asta în timp ce Obama îl ameninţă cu „negocieri dure” şi „sancţiuni drastice” – cîntecul lui Bob Dylan din 1983, Neghborhood Bully, este mai actual ca niciodată.


Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man,
His enemies say he’s on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He’s the neighborhood bully.


The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He’s criticized and condemned for being alive.
He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin,
He’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He’s wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He’s always on trial for just being born.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
‘Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one’s command.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



What’s anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin’, they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He’s the neighborhood bully.



What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.



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Costin Andrieş

Costin Andrieş

Autor, co-fondator și redactor-șef ILD

5 comentarii

  1. dr pepper
    26 septembrie 2009

    eu am ramas cu parerea ca obama defapt cumpara timp pentru iranieni.
    stiind fiind ca avea termen limita in septembrie pentru a’i „convinge” pe iranieni sa renunte la creearea nucii.
    apoi promisiune smulsa de rusi israeoienilor ca nu vor ataca iranul ( probabil rasplata retragerii scutului din europa de est) si crearea de comisii ce vor tergiversa la nesfirsit „negocierile”.
    sunt supozitiile mele nebazandu’se pe nici un fapt sau informatie reala.

  2. dr pepper
    26 septembrie 2009

    erata- stiut fiind

  3. Liam31
    26 septembrie 2009

    Obama parca a castigat ceva pt pace ??? sau ma insel eu?? :))

    „totul pt bani” …

  4. Pataphyl
    26 septembrie 2009


    Un „comentariu” despre „Primăvara arabă” cîntat de grupul Latma, pe muzica lui Bob Dylan. Mulțumiri, Silvapro!

  5. dr pepper
    26 septembrie 2009

    Obama – The Anti-Israel President

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    And I kept William Seward. Why would anyone keep Seward’s por-trait in a place of honor? Well, he bought Alaska. When the purchasewas submitted for rati

    cation in the Senate in 1867, Seward was excori-ated: “Why would you pay the tsar of Russia seven million dollars forthat icebox?”
    e decision quickly became known as “Seward’s folly.”One day I was talking with the then defense minister of Russia, SergeiIvanov. He’d recently visited Alaska. “It’s so beautiful,” he said. “It re-minds me of Russia.” “Sergei, it used to
    Russia,” I quipped. We’re allglad that Seward bought Alaska.

    In that vein, Dean Acheson and I shared more than having had thehonor of serving in turbulent times; we shared a favorite quote fromthe English historian C
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    My, you’ve lived a lot of history,
    I thought
    en I headed down thehall to meet the Israeli foreign minister one last time.

    William H. Seward

    Seward’s most famous achievement as Secretary of State was his successful acquisition of Alaska from Russia. On March 30, 1867, he completed negotiations for the territory, which involved the purchase of 586,412 square miles (1,518,800 km²) of territory (more than twice the area of Texas) for $7,200,000, or approximately 2 cents per acre (equivalent to US$95 million in 2005). The purchase of this frontier land was variously mocked by the public as Seward’s Folly, „Seward’s Icebox,” and Andrew Johnson’s „polar bear garden.” Alaska celebrates the purchase on Seward’s Day, the last Monday of March. When asked what he considered to be his greatest achievement as Secretary of State, Seward replied „The purchase of Alaska—but it will take the people a generation to find it out”.[21]

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