'Gotta serve somebody'


My husband Wade is a diehard Bob Dylan fan. He has every official recording Dylan ever made and more books on him than "Carter has liver pills" as my grandma used to say. His ipod is so loaded with Dylan material that every time we drive around together just about every other song is a Dylan song (even on random play!). It is so bad that my son Alexander can identify Dylan's songs and voice wherever he happens to hear them. "I know who's singing this one," he calls out with gusto. "Bob Dylan!"

So this weekend one of the songs that randomly played was Dylan's famous piece, "Gotta serve somebody." Given that I have been reflecting on the October theme "serving" for my Monthly Reflections Rug, I began considering the theme from a slightly different angle this week. Earlier I had been reflecting on the theme in terms of service to others. But now I am contemplating a different preposition: service for another. I have been considering Dylan's words:

You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.