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Litteraturprisen gikk til en Israel-venn

dylan21-150x150«Det forstokkede  Svenska Akademiet klarte enda en gang å la være å gi Nobelprisen i litteratur til  vår tids største og mest betydningsfulle poet! Det er nesten en prestasjon», skrev Carl Johan Berg, redaktør av Kommentar.no, forfatter av boken «Dylans disipler» og en av Norges fremste Dylankjennere, allerede i 2009. Nå har som vi vet den kjente sangeren endelig fått prisen. Dylan har flere ganger besøkt Israel, og skrevet låten The Neighborhood Bully som forsvarer Israel.

I Kommentar.no siterer Carl Johan Berg beatpoeten Allen Ginsburg: «Det kan komme sterk og vakker poesi ut av en jukebox». «På denne måten har Dylan nådd frem til millioner av mennesker over hele verden med sin kunst, fra uteliggeren og  ”mannen i gata” til politikere og professorer i litteratur,» skrev Dylan-eksperten i 2009 i artikkelen på Kommentar.no, gjengitt på Frie Ytringer.

«På mange måter hadde Bob Dylan bidratt til å forandre verden med sine sangtekster før han hadde fylt 22 år! Blowin’ In the Wind (1962) ble hymne for borgerrettsbevegelsen i USA, og The Times They Are A-Changin’  (1963) hadde tilsvarende stor betydning for det store ungdomsopprøret. Hans protestsanger fra denne perioden er de sterkeste bevis på kunstens – ordets – gjennomslagkraft,» skrev Carl JohanBerg.

«Senere – faktisk frem til dagen I dag – har Bob Dylan satt ord og toner på det meste av hva et menneske kommer ut for, kjærlighet, vennskap, alderdom. Hans tekster fra mer enn 600 dikt (!) siteres over alt og benyttes i ulike sammenhenger i de forskjelligste miljøer. Som eksperimentell ordkunstner har han skapt nye ord og uttrykk og beriket det anglo-amerikanske språk,» konkluderte han.

Bob Dylan har besøkt Israel flere ganger, og har aldri latt seg påvirke av boikottbevegelsen. Den israelske avisen Haaretz pekte ut Bob Dylans konsert på Ramat Gan Stadium i Tel Aviv 20.juni 2011 som den største kulturbegivenhet i Israel i dette året. Dylan har alltid hatt et hjerte som har banket for Israel, og har blant annet forsvart Israel gjennom låten Neighborhood Bully:

Her er teksten til Dylan berømte forsvar for Israel:

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.

Her fremført av den israelske gruppen Dan Israel & Blood On The Tracks in 2012. Og her av Dylan selv.

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