唱遊詩人巴布‧狄倫的歌詞意象深遠及繁複，經常被譽為詩作。本書收錄他超過53年的創作生涯歌詞，大量的經典作品，陪伴全球無數樂迷的走過人生的重要時刻，撫慰許多年輕及瘋狂的心靈。例如《Like a Rolling Stone》、《Mr. Tambourine Man》及《The Times They Are a-Changin》等膾炙人口的歌曲，皆被被譽為搖滾史上最偉大的歌曲。他的歌詞為那些不被理解、孤傲及堅持自我的人，帶給他們無比的力量。本書除了收錄歷年來的作品，包括創作歌詞、專輯封面設計理念，以及創作過程中他最喜愛的歌曲，更獨家收錄從未公開的珍藏作品，獻給所有喜愛巴布‧狄倫的歌迷，重溫無人能及的迷人魅力。
For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations. A major publishing event - a beautiful, comprehensive collection of the lyrics of Bob Dylan with artwork from thirty-three albums, edited and with an introduction by Christopher Ricks. As it was well put by Al Kooper (the man behind the organ on 'Like a Rolling Stone'), 'Bob is the equivalent of William Shakespeare. What Shakespeare did in his time, Bob does in his time.' Christopher Ricks, editor of T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Tennyson, and The Oxford Book of English Verse, has no argument with Mr. Kooper's assessment, and Dylan is attended to accordingly in this authoritative edition of his lyrics.
In the words of Ricks: 'For fifty years, all the world has delighted in Bob Dylan's books of words and more than words: provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down, intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses. And, again and again, these are not the words that he sings on the initially released albums.' This edition changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published. The Lyrics, edited with diligence by Christopher Ricks, Lisa Nemrow, and Julie Nemrow. As set down, as sung, and as sung again.