He wasn’t too small and he wasn’t too big

Happy birthday to signore Bob. This one happens to be my favourite of him. It cracks me up and open every time. Enjoy.

And since Dylan’s work is fiercely protected and gets deleted from YouTube on a daily basis and all my links stop working sooner or later, I’ll let Jason Mraz sing it. Since his surname in Slovenian translates as “cold“. Good luck in tracking down the original.

Man Gave Names To All The Animals by Bob Dylan

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago.
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He saw an animal that liked to growl
Big furry paws and he liked to howl
Great big furry back and furry hair
“Ah, think I’ll call it a bear”.
 *
He saw an animal up on a hill
Chewing up so much grass until she was filled
He saw milk coming out but he didn’t know how
“Ah, think I’ll call it a cow”.
*
He saw an animal that liked to snort
Horns on his head and they weren’t too short
It looked like there wasn’t nothing that he couldn’t pull
“Ah, I’ll think I’ll call it a bull”.
 *
He saw an animal leaving a muddy trail
Real dirty face and a curly trail
He wasn’t too small and he wasn’t too big
“Ah, think I’ll call it a pig”.
 *
Next animal that he did meet
Had wool on his back and hooves on his feet
Eating grass on a mountainside so steep
“Ah, think I’ll call it a sheep”.
*
He saw an animal as smooth as glass
Slithering his way through the grass
Saw him disappear by a tree near a lake …
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Assorted animals + the one who gave me my name, in Orbetello. Photo: MM

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