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June 30, 2008



"When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”

hmmm, when you got nothing, you got nothing

when you ain't got nothing, you do not have nothing, so you have something

I hope everyone understands Judge Roberts was just correcting some bad grammar on Dylans part. :)

Rick Ballard

What? No comment on the irony implied within Dylan's use of the double negative wrt the materialist aspect of modern life having been overlooked by the Chief Justice? What kind of exegesis is performed in these parts, anyway?



of course you could say "I ain't not got nothing" and then you'd still have nothing.

who's on first?


Well if you want to get technical, it's "When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose." Nothin' not nothing.

Quit throwing dimes to the bums TM.


I dont think anyone hoping to have an invitation to any Georgetown social events could possibly use the word "aint" and expect those invitations to keep pouring in. He is already on thin ice for not "growing" into the job as some of his predecessor did...


Tom, Richard Cohen tried to paraphrase a Dylan song a couple of weeks ago and fell flat as well.

Shameless self-promotion here: Richard Cohen Gets One Wrong

Charlie (Colorado)

I think Roberts, like any good textualist, was simply referring to the more recent revision attributed to the original author as canonical.


Freedom's just another word for nuthin' left to lose.


I expect Dylan to demand Roberts remove that citation or pay royalties, within 24 business hours.


Well of course Justice Roberts got the words wrong. It's a maturity thing. Obviously when he first heard the lyrics he was so much older then.
He's younger than that now.

Wild Bill

If one downloads the mp3 for "Highway 61 Revisited," one does not hear the "ain't."

If that is what you sing in the shower, how do you make the line scan?

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