Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Speechless

My deep condolences to the Virginia Tech community.

Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace
and criticize all fears,
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now's the time for your tears.

- Bob Dylan

11 Comments:

At April 17, 2007 5:40 AM, Blogger danny wright said...

I weep

 
At April 17, 2007 1:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, how are you David?

-Jane

 
At April 17, 2007 3:45 PM, Anonymous Susanna said...

It made me sad.

I wondered what your thoughts were, as a Korean-American who also came here at an early age.

I also can't help but wonder what would have happened if one person befriended him, one person bothered to find out what was really going on with him, one person cared for him. I wish I could have been that person. Maybe, that massacre wouldn't have happened.

 
At April 17, 2007 8:16 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

Great quote, David. Thanks.

 
At April 17, 2007 10:00 PM, Blogger San Nakji said...

I just hope Koreans don't suffer for his sins :(

 
At April 18, 2007 5:54 AM, Blogger L-girl said...

Also David, did you know that song (the one you quoted) is based on a true story? There was a great story on it some years ago. Allan may have it somewhere or know where we can find it online. I'll ask.

 
At April 18, 2007 6:24 AM, Blogger redsock said...

"The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll", recorded on October 23, 1963. (Also.) (Lyrics)

 
At April 18, 2007 8:11 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

Hey Jane!

@susanna, I came at age 14 which is quite a bit different from coming at age 8. It seems like some tried to reach out to him to no avail and the kid had a mental illness.

 
At April 18, 2007 8:14 AM, Blogger David Cho said...

@Laura, I love that song. Didn't think much of it until I saw Dylan perform in Don't Look Back.

@redsock, thanks for coming by. I've wondered by the preceding stanzas call for people to take the rag away from their face, and now is not the time for their tears. Is it because the judge has made the final decision?

 
At April 18, 2007 11:11 AM, Blogger Oricon Ailin said...

My heart goes out to all the families and friends of those affected. This is another moment when this nation weeps for the lost. God be with all those at VT and the surrounding towns.

 
At April 22, 2007 12:59 PM, Blogger L-girl said...

"I've wondered by the preceding stanzas call for people to take the rag away from their face, and now is not the time for their tears. Is it because the judge has made the final decision?"

I think it's because that's not the greatest tragedy. People can be inhumane to one another, but the judge's decision is institutional. To me, it's the difference between the LAPD beating Rodney King and the decision exonerating those police. The riots (after the latter, not the former) are the equivalent of "time for your tears".

That's my take, anyway. Everything Dylan is subject to interpretation, all the time.

 

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