Bob Dylan

This blog was meant to show the connections we have up here in the North Country.  Minnesota and North Dakota share lots of connections and I am still trying to get a “Degrees of Separation” figured out with Bob Dylan.  He supposedly is from Hibbing MN and I believe I saw him at a grocery store in Buffalo MN a while back but I digress.

I heard Bob Dylan’s  “Dead Man, Dead Man” the other day and wondered if he was a Martin Luther fan.

Satan got you by the heel, there’s a bird’s nest in your hair
Do you have any faith at all? Do you have any love to share?
The way that you hold your head, cursin’ God with every move
Ooh, I can’t stand it, I can’t stand it
What are you tryin’ to prove?

Dead man, dead man
When will you arise?
Cobwebs in your mind
Dust upon your eyes

Luther said this – although some want to say it came from China.

“Temptation can be avoided by no one; but resistance may be made and with prayer and recourse to divine aid, we can put ourselves in readiness to meet such designs. In the book of an old father we read that a young brother expressed a desire to be rid of his thoughts. Thereupon the old father said: Dear brother, you cannot prevent the birds from flying in the air over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair. So, as St. Augustine says, we cannot prevent offenses and temptations, but by prayer and invocation of the help of God we can prevent them from overcoming us.”

Martin Luther