So, we all know I love
Peter, Paul and Mary
Okay, in case you’re unfamiliar, they were super popular in the 1960s for their folk music.
They did a cover of one of Bob Dylan’s pieces that is personally one of my favorites, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.
I feel inspired by this today.
This song could probably be interpreted as one about a break-up, obviously, but I feel like it’s more than that. It’s as if the narrator is walking away from something that he appreciated and loved, and most likely learned something from, and he’s just giving himself a little pep talk. Like “hey, I know this sucks, but it’s going to be all right.“
It’s really a pure genius of a song:
It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe; it don’t matter anyhow.
And it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe, if you don’t know by now.
When the rooster crows at the break of dawn, look out your window and I’ll be gone.
You’re the reason I’m traveling on; don’t think twice, it’s all right.
To me, this song is sort of saying, “I’m not happy anymore and I can tell that you don’t really care about me, so I’m just gonna go.” Obviously, it isn’t that easy to get up and go, but you know what I mean. I think I’ve spent so much time feeling sad and angry that I haven’t thought about the good times – maybe I’m not quite ready yet – and that is what has made it so hard. When you’re constantly wondering “why,” your mind sort of sticks in one place.
So I think I’m at that point where it’s time to say that I’m ready to move on. Not to someone else, but with my life. I’m ready to do what I want without question, ready to live without worry, ready to follow my dreams! I understand that I’ve been able to do that for a while now, but I just don’t know if I’ve allowed myself to put my whole heart into that ability. Honestly, it’s a really scary thing!
There is no hold on me anymore.
And if you’re feeling the same way today, I hope you know that you are free, too.
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal – like you never did before.
And it ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal; I can’t hear you anymore.
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wonderin’, walkin’ down the road;
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told; I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.
But don’t think twice, it’s all right.