" . ‡ The song. We are told.Background ‡ Like other Dylan songs from the 1965-1966 period it is based in electric blues. state oppression and capitalist exploitation." The "farm" that Dylan sings of can in this case easily represent racism. ‡ Counterculture's war cry. ‡ While some may see "Maggie's Farm" as a repudiation of the protest-song tradition associated with folk music. for example. that the "National Guard" stands around the farm door. essentially a protest song against protest folk. represents Dylan's transition from a folk singer who sought authenticity in traditional song-forms and activist politics to an innovative stylist whose self-exploration made him a cultural muse for a generation. ‡ Maggie's Farm is best read as Dylan's declaration of independence from the protest folk movement. it can also (ironically) be seen as itself a deeply political protest song. and that Maggie's mother talks of "Man and God and Law.

I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more Well. I try my best To be just like I am But everybody wants you To be just like them They sing while you slave and I just get bored I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more . I wake in the morning Fold my hands and pray for rain I got a head full of ideas That are drivin me insane It s a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more I ain t gonna work for Maggie s brother no more No. I ain t gonna work for Maggie s ma no more Well. but she says she s twenty-four I ain t gonna work for Maggie s ma no more I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more No. he hands you a nickel He hands you a dime He asks you with a grin If you re havin a good time Then he fines you every time you slam the door I ain t gonna work for Maggie s brother no more I ain t gonna work for Maggie s pa no more No. he puts his cigar Out in your face just for kicks His bedroom window It is made out of bricks The National Guard stands around his door Ah. I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more Well. I ain t gonna work for Maggie s pa no more I ain t gonna work for Maggie s ma no more No. she talks to all the servants About man and God and law Everybody says She s the brains behind pa She s sixty-eight.Lyrics I ain t gonna work on Maggie s farm no more No. I ain t gonna work for Maggie s pa no more Well. I ain t gonna work for Maggie s brother no more Well.

with the opening line of each verse ("I ain't gonna work. "everybody wants you to be just like them". The third to fifth lines of each verse elaborate on and explain the sentiment expressed in the verse's opening/closing lines..") sung twice..Interpretation ‡ The lyrics of the song follow a straightforward blues structure. . ‡ The middle stanzas ridicule various types in the folk scene. the promoter who tries to control your art (fining you when you slam the door). the paranoid militant (whose window is bricked over). needing room to express his "head full of ideas." and complains that. then reiterated at the end of the verse. The first and last stanzas detail how Dylan feels strait-jacketed by the expectations of the folk scene ("It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor" and "they say sing while you slave"). even though he tries his best to be just like he is. and the condescending activist who is more uptight than she claims ("She's 68 but she says she's 54").

is a song genre which is associated with a movement for social change and hence part of the broader category of topical songs (or songs connected to current events). devoted primarily to the practice of producing and managing food ‡ Folk Music. bass guitar.an area of land.a type of blues music distinguished by the amplification of the guitar. and often the harmonica.Vocabulary ‡ Electric Blues. ‡ Farm. . drums. including various structures.

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