What Is "Where Are You Going Where Have You Been" By Bob Dylan All About?


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First of all, the story is not by Bob Dylan, but dedicated to him.
Also, the answer given by a previous person says Oates believed "the actual individual" was Bob Dylan, which is about as unclear a sentence as can be written. The actual individual who did what? Murdered Connie in the story? Murdered the real-life women reported to have been killed by Schmid? I'm sure Dylan will be surprised to hear that.
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Where are you going bob ?down the lane bob.for what bob?for the rob bob.lets go bob.why bob?because you don't like rob bob.
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Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?' is the name of a commonly anthologised short story which was penned by writer Joyce Carol Oates. The story was influenced by the Tucson murders of Charles Schmid, which were written about in Life magazine in a piece written by Don Moser on the 4th of March in the year 1966.

According to Oates, the actual individual was Bob Dylan and she said that she dedicated the story to him as she was inspired to write it after hearing a Bob Dylan song called 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, which the eleventh track on the album titled 'Bringing it All Back Home'. The song goes like this:

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last.
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast.
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
Crying like a fire in the sun.
Look out the saints are comin' through
And it's all over now, Baby Blue.

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