It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit
To satisfy insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not forget
That it is not he or she or them or it that you belong to
One of several verses that might well have merited notice and perhaps not the best from Dylan's astounding 1964 composition "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," I chose it as a paramount exemplar of one of Dylan's great and enduring themes: While life constantly begs questions of us that are surely unanswerable, truth is found in the authentic self. In a formal sense, "It's Alright Ma" represents the culmination of Dylan's early tack as a (brilliant) polemicist and begins to hint at the more surreal and spiritual direction his work would soon take.