Tomorrow is a Long Time

By Carl Palatnik
Published February 1, 2017

Tomorrow Is A Long Time is one of Bob Dylan’s earliest songs about love and loss.  In it, he describes a profound feeling of loneliness.  He knows life goes on irrespective of what might have happened to him.  He doesn’t know what tomorrow will bring, but he realizes he will now be facing things alone.  When he looks at his reflection in the water, it reminds him that his lover is no longer there.  He misses hearing her voice, he misses hearing her footsteps walking alongside him and he misses hearing her pounding heart lying next to him in bed.

Have you experienced feelings of loneliness?  What other emotional issues have you had to face?  Did you do something or did somerthing happen that helped you deal with or overcome these feelings?  Did something positive come out of your experience that others might be able to learn or benefit from?  If you think your story might be helpful someone, please send it to us at excellence@divorce-analytics.com for publication consideration in the Making Lemonade diary.

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Below are Dylan’s lyrics to “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”:

If today was not an endless highway
If tonight was not a crooked trail
If tomorrow wasn’t such a long time
Then lonesome would mean nothing to you at all
Yes and only if my own true love was waitin’
And if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Yes, only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again

I can’t see my reflection in the waters
I can’t speak the sounds that show no pain
I can’t hear the echo of my footsteps
Or remember the sound of my own name
Yes, and only if my own true love was waitin’
And if I could hear her heart a-softly poundin’
Yes and only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again

There’s beauty in the silver, singin’ river
There’s beauty in the sunrise in the sky
But none of these and nothing else can touch the beauty
That I remember in my true love’s eyes
Yes and only if my own true love was waitin’
I could hear her heart a softly poundin’
Yes and only if she was lyin’ by me
Then I’d lie in my bed once again

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