Jingle Jangle Morning



“Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship
My senses have been stripped… my hands can’t feel to grip
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wandering.
I’m ready to go anywhere, I’m ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way
I promise to go under it.

Hey ! Mr Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you.”

First of all, jangle really is a word!  I had my doubts, but Merriam-Webster defines it as such:


  1. 1:  to make a harsh or discordant often ringing sound keys jangling in my pocket

  2. 2:  to quarrel verbally

  3. 3:  to talk idly


  1. 1:  a discordant often ringing sound the jangle of spurs

  2. 2:  noisy quarreling

  3. 3:  idle talk

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French jangler, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch jangelen to grumble. First Known Use: 14th century

Second of all, Mister Tambourine Man! 🙂   Dylan is technically using ‘jangle’ as an adjective here, but no matter. You do not have to understand all of Dylan’s poetry to appreciate him. (Rumor has it he planned it that way.)

But ah, the jingle-jangle morning!  “I’ll come following you.”  Doesn’t it sound terribly romantic?


Here is Bob Dylan performing Mister Tambourine Man at the Newport Festival, 1964. Hope you like it!

13 comments on “Jingle Jangle Morning

  1. eivanovich says:

    Very entertaining and informative! There’s also Mary Lou Lord’s “Some Jingle Jangle Morning,” originally released as a single in 1993 and re-recorded for a 1998 album. (I admit that’s the one I expected when I saw the post header, even though I’m no stranger to Dylan or the Byrds.) While it has the era’s fuzzy guitars (and one f-bomb), Lord’s sweet vocals do give it a certain delicacy somehow.

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  2. His confidence and sheer chutzpah never fail to amaze … a verbal conjuror!

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  3. John W. Leys says:

    One of the greatest songs ever written. Easily in my top 10 favorite Dylan compositions. The dreamlike imagry is fantastic.

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  4. poeturja says:

    Magnificent post! Can’t get any more onomatopoeia-ish than one of my favorite songs!

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  5. Sandi says:

    I enjoy his son, Jacob in the Wall Flowers and one head light- that cd is all good!

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  6. Sandi says:

    BTW: You might want to participate in the new challenge I just created using song title to inspire blog posts! I’d love to see what you’d come up with – seems like this would fall within your wheel house.


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