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Forgetful Heart

(Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)

From the album: Together Through Life (2009)

 4.5/5 (88 votes)


who cares Imagine you're a baby-boomer who grew up loving this boundary-breaker's wit, intelligence, and spirit. Now imagine it's 40 years later and you're wondering where your memories have faded to. Now listen to this baneful lament from your hero, who has also begun to wonder where the richness of his memories have gone - so many loves, so many places, so many wonderful experiences, and where have they gone? Nobody could speak it better, or with more authority than the guy who warned "the times they are a-changin'". Jeezus, this is great stuff. Jul 31, 2009
gardenerisgone This is a thing of beauty--the ageless grainy texture of the recording, and the lyrics so elegant. He sings to himself, to the memory of love that can't be revived but that can still cause pain. He sings to his own heart, and creates tenderness and grief for his own loss. Such clarity in the singing, each word lit by sadness. This is a simple song, and the kind of simple miracle that can be overlooked in Dylan's work. And it's set just perfectly in the track list, a quiet pool of feeling amidst the barbs and blues. May 04, 2009
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Related songs & albums

All songs on Together Through Life
Track Song
1 Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
2 Life Is Hard (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
3 My Wife's Home Town (Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon)
4 If You Ever Go To Houston (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
5 Forgetful Heart (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
6 Jolene (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
7 This Dream Of You (Bob Dylan)
8 Shake Shake Mama (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
9 I Feel A Change Comin' On (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
10 It's All Good (Bob Dylan, Robert Hunter)
Forgetful Heart appears on these albums
Year Album
2009 Together Through Life