When she said
“Don’t waste your words, they’re just lies”
I cried she was deaf

from Bob Dylan – 4th Time Around Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This song about Bob Dylan’s relationship with Edie Sedgewick.

It has been said that Blonde on Blonde was mostly inspired by Edie. Maybe because she dyed her hair blonde so many times, repeatedly dying over the hair that was already dyed.

The songs that are most said to be based off of her are Like A Rolling Stone, Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat and Just Like A Woman They all portray a poor little rich girl character living off their dad’s pocket book. A very vulnerable, sensitive, confused girl.

4th Time Around is about their 4th time sleeping together. Dylan denies it, but it widely recognized that they did have a little love affair. Little, but nonetheless intense and inspiring to Dylan as a poet. It’s rumored that she ended up aborting a child by Dylan.

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