Bob Dylan - Not Dark Yet Lyrics

Shadows are fallin' and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep and time is runnin' away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal
There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain
She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writin' what was in her mind
I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

Well, I've been to London and I been to gay Paris
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
I ain't lookin' for nothin' in anyone's eyes
Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still
Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there.

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  1. tony D

    Bob Dylan was well read and Isuspect that he had read Byron's poem "Darkness" (see also "It's alright ma") which refers to the year 1816, "the year without a summer", following the eruption of mount Tambora in Indonesia, which changed the worldwide climate especially in Europe and North America

    tony D

    Byron: "Darkness":
    I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
    The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
    Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
    Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
    Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
    Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
    And men forgot their passions in the dread
    Of this their desolation; and all hearts
    Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:


    "I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from.....".... almost 2020 and been listening to Dylan since the 60's....... and keep coming back to great songs like this, Positively 4th Street and so many more. Happy New Year to all.

  3. Matteo Restuccia

    Deadwood 2x01

  4. klaus we

    clear, cool and strong! Like a mountain lake....bob dylan, not dark yet

  5. Ron Kluk

    this song always moves me to tears so fuck you Bob seriously time out of mind best thing he did in the eighties in fine voice great penmenship and what a fucking band. yeah

  6. Kamal Alami

    Since "Romance in Durango"1974,I still discover more and more the beauty of what he sings/writes .
    Every time his songs are deeply actual !

  7. Allen Trey

    Beautiful man ❤️.

  8. Gaspard Lecoq

    Le monde actuel n'a pas encore disparu,...mais presque

  9. Domingo Blanco

    Se amofelicces y honesto uno con el otro y dejemenos de codisias y posdata HOS Guieros

  10. prince osars

    "Behind every beautiful thing there's being some kind of pain"

  11. bechy pinexo


  12. Sid Griffin

    I bet Bob Dylan would be proud of so many of the thoughts and comments below. Some beautiful, well-expressed reactions from so many!

  13. Vivid Kothari

    It's so scary. But still can't help not listening.


    You want scary, wait for "Cold Irons Bound," the next song on the album after this one.

  14. Mik Ron

    Nádherná píseň


    Timeless song, thanks for posting.

  16. akev

    Listening after the UK elections and witnessing US senators defending Trump while he insults a teenager wit passion and heart.
    "I'm not sure why I should even care; it's not dark yet, but it's getting there."

  17. Glenn Faulkner

    I was born here and I’ll die here against my will........

  18. Pen Muni

    Give a Nobel prize to this poet :)

  19. Pen Muni

    Just when everyone gave up on him and TV interviewers asked him, "So, how was it to be the spokesperson of 60's and seeing the apex of your career?"... when everyone thought Dylan was a 'has been'...

  20. Karmen Jazbec

    time is not on our side bob honey

  21. Karmen Jazbec

    from the same material you have this shirt my mama had skirt when dance twist with leon russell i am they bustard leons first child it was hard to live in humiliation and hunger and mama bit me like hell all my beloved are dead so will be good company in hell when i die yeah bob we don t have much time and i love you sow thats hurts me

  22. Karmen Jazbec

    silwer on your hair in cold november dday would anybody love me or it s just crazy dream bob honeyi fall long time ago when frank my excomitted suicide i was whole night with hiddbody before in the morning came car of funeral service in one night my hair became white

  23. Ken Lindegaard Andersen

    Ligesom dig,og mig,og selvfølgelig alle andre der, er enige.

  24. Alexander Pekic

    Wow ...

  25. 坂口光孝


  26. Christopher Woods

    a Marine a brother to family the walk a song to family the walk sons of life a father to brother of use

  27. John Browne

    Getting a little dark for all of us.

  28. z zed

    Man what a great tune...thx for uploading

  29. t mac

    Vw bus behind him. 125k today.

  30. Jeffrey Simpkins

    That must mean there some indication of empathy left in the apathetic way of the world.

  31. squeakystool

    Now that's deep blues.

  32. O Tee

    Beauty gem song!

  33. Brian Dresser

    This song has so much atmosphere... and everything else to go with it. Kinda like life

  34. Pinky Shepherd

    "Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain."

    This is just hope for me, I guess one day I will come to this comment and say yes, it is true!

    Chongo Lad

    Keep the faith

  35. marko jurisic

    this song is obviously about death,he is get old,he is afraid of his own mortality,

  36. John Morelli

    Its not dark yet but its getting there.... for all of us.

  37. Connie Nulley

    Cool to the bone...

  38. jaye see

    It must be pretty dark with those shades Bob, maybe even too dark to see?

  39. Karmen Jazbec

    kiss kiss

  40. Karmen Jazbec

    i am not born to lose you bob

  41. Karmen Jazbec

    i wanna see my reflection in your eyes bob

  42. Karmen Jazbec

    yeah bob

  43. Karmen Jazbec

    we sstill have time to start with new family bob

  44. T E Wboswell

    O bobby ... Will you be mine eunuch. ..

  45. Karmen Jazbec

    yeah bob iam beauty on pain told you i am anartist sculptorpainterand poetandwould like to see my reflection i your eyes

  46. Karmen Jazbec

    still have time to start with new family

  47. barbara wilson

    this is very touching and sad

  48. Rishabh Bose

    There are about 8 billion people in the world. And all 8 billion of them at some point of their lives can pick a song from Bob to describe their life and how and what they are feeling and going through.

  49. Raindeer Projekt

    A friendly enemy to "pop" and a necessary adversary to our place exposed... Thank you for posting and thank you Zimmy for the ink you Sweat

  50. Claus Damsgaard

    Joy competition

  51. TheBluewaterBlonde

    I want to say that this song is about giving birth to my first child, child bearing can be about not remembering why you are here and just want this to end and go home. When actually it is about kicking drugs, maybe even more difficult than childbirth.

  52. Henry Fink

    God bless Robert Zimmermann.

  53. John Allen

    I think this song was on "Blood on the Tracks" but I can't be sure. That album was very somber, some of it talking about when his marriage fell apart and he must have been feeling down. If you are new to Dylan please listen to all his albums. He is a once in a lifetime expereince who totally changed the reality in which we live. Thank God I was here to see and listen to him his whole life. What a blessing. He makes you think!

  54. Stephie Drown

    Just perfect. ❤️

  55. Goat

    Pavi Peterson

  56. Judy Blaine

    i want to marry gbob dylan

  57. Calixte Ulysse

    Not dark yet best song ever

  58. Skipraida

    Voice of an angel 👍🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  59. Bruce Mcdonald

    my heartbreak song...…….

  60. Steve M


    ajay pal singh bhatti

    Damn true n I thought I'm sad saddest.cheers to Bob live long.aj from India.

  61. Karmen Jazbec

    i have my freedom but not much time bob i am homeless and ill you must understand me that i am pasing trough i can die silently in my solitude but i am surviver not suicider as my botbands were

  62. OneEyedKeys

    Dylan got better with age. This is sublime, and explains more about ourselves than any 'Tambourine Man', 'Times' a changin', or whatever 'blows in the wind' could. This is LIFE here. Period.

  63. Howard McKay

    I first bought a Dylan LP in 1964. I still have it. As a singer/guitarist I have covered much of his stuff. Recently I just posted my rendition of "Ballad of Hollis Brown" on Youtube. I saw his last solo gig in the UK. I had a bit of a gap in my Dylan, marriage, etc. This is the FIRST time ever heard this song. I must learn it.

  64. Karmen Jazbec

    i have my freedom but not much time bob love you sow

  65. genki2genki

    Love his whole career, with some reservations, but the stuff from everything from the 90s to now proves, if any doubt remained, he is simply beyond compare.

  66. Kenan Kutluberk

    reminded me Keith Richards How can I stop

  67. Stan Mann

    Fuck flowers. Fuck look at me clothing. Ass and titties. All that matters.

  68. Peter Hibbert

    When Tom passed away I kept his car, cleaned it up and bought polka dot adhesive vinyl to make it look nice inside. Love you, Tom

  69. Karmen Jazbec

    i wann see my reflection in your eyes

  70. Karmen Jazbec

    mary me anyway im your next wiffe send me postcard

  71. Karmen Jazbec

    xyeah bob waiting you here in my bed

  72. Tommy Nuevo

    I feel guilty for complaining reading all the nice comments. However, I still cant believe I got myself F'd into goin to his concert in Muncie Indiana Saturday nite. Id do anything to get out of it.

  73. Christopher Woods

    a team of fathers the walk the song or use a day of a tour family thank you
    . Brothers home fathers to our life the trail a song to family

  74. TJ BURKE



    This song has made me want to shoot dope and chain smoke forever 🤔🤯

  76. rivit90

    i listened to this tune for the first time the day my father passed away , I dont think a song as ever affected me so much , Id been numb all day not speaking, or doing anything just in shock . When i listened to this , it was what was needed to break the brickwall down and start my grieving process , That was a few years ago now, but this gets played a lot . brilliant song

  77. Stan Mann

    I know it looks like a movie but. I am standing still.

  78. Judy Blaine

    my deepest sympathy for anyone thats not totally moved by such honesty,out here for all to know,a masterpiece

  79. George Yehuda C.B. Risklohauf

    Martin Scorsese says Marval and Super Hero films aren't Cinema? Hope hes fun and happy in life cause his dark nour films of violence and life stories true, great, grand, wise like Bob Dylan fcking great in so many ways and live shows going down. Is Bob Dylan art always the perfect being, the fifth element, pain and indifference, deep sadness but hope. Good, ok, normal, greater good, fun, whole, be, come on youth, u oh darn ne, it's me, it's you, get it together, make it right, right, well, better, balance. Talk is cheap, action jackson pains on the river. Stream the system, app, human being being animals. Omni, 8, help us, o b 1, c 3 p, e I o bingo lol. Rock on.

  80. Bryan Palmer

    Dylan can take hardship, struggles and pain and brilliantly compose it in ways we want to but can’t. He’s more than a poet, he’s a gift.

  81. Çiğdem Yılmaz

    the king,bob the great😍

  82. Tony James

    Pure genius. Thank you for existing Sir.

  83. Zachary Bernard Carlton

    PatronusPegasusHuskyonBackSleepEagleTalon 143B 1.043 billion

  84. Karmen Jazbec

    kiss kiss bob

  85. Karmen Jazbec

    it was pink with white dotts and my mom is the best twist dancer oh mom sheis dead she died in accident

  86. Karmen Jazbec

    from same material you have this shirt my mother had kand my dad was your friend you should care for menew herkirt

  87. derek poole

    Just discovered this Dylan gem, definitely the best songwriter of his time.

  88. Raphael Aguiar

    The melancholy is warm in his voice.

    Darticus the Great

    Raphael Aguiar that's a really pleasing way of putting it

  89. Robert Donadee

    Bob has a vision the rest of us mere mortals don't possess.

  90. Vi Christensen

    No one can beat Dylan for insight and just great songs.

  91. Didier Chapelot

    This song is a life companion for years and will stay so until the dark will be there.

  92. Cathy White

    All blessings Bob Dylan



  94. Sam Lewis

    Bob is not only a great artist......he's A GREAT SOUL.

  95. Sam Lewis

    amazing and beautiful. I have always loved this song.

  96. Rubens Soares da Silva

    Grande Bob dillan

  97. Toymiko

    Yesssssssssssss ............... Toymiko

  98. 06hatter

    after i've heard something like this i'm ready for death. i mean that in the most positive possible way

    tony D

    I am positively NOT ready for death - but it will happen anyway (so it goes) and, by the way, this is an utterly beautiful song (in my (not very) humble opinion)