Many have speculated that the title of the song was inspired by the traditional Parchman’s Farm. She’s sixty-eight, but she says she’s twenty-four. To be just like I am, “They sing while you slave and I just get bored” (a loose snub at Sing Out?) Your message gets lost in all the typos. "Me And Bobby McGee" was written by Kris Kristofferson and first recorded by Roger Miller. The first verse states the narrator’s basic complaint. Dylan would have known the original version – “It’s hard times in the country, out on Penny’s farm” – and likely would have played it as a folk standard before spinning it off into “Hard Times In New York Town,” making very few changes to the lyrics and melody. Jeff Place, in his Supplemental Notes to the Selections piece included in the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music (a collection all Dylan fans should study), agrees with Shelton. (function() { Every time stupidity blocks progress and stifles indivualism. No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more. No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more. Tony. This review of Maggie’s Farm was updated in March 2013. Soory if you have to use you mind and think abourt a piece of art to determine teh clues as to its meaning; but put down teh bong and do it befroe trying to tellme what i am trying to say. It is a slam on how the government treats the people, especially those who are not wealthy. It’s great to see the man who changed the music scene in America, and who defined “singer/songwriter” enjoying himself so much, especially at the age of 70. The emperor wasn’t wearing any clothes. Maggie’s Farm is and always was a great song. The title "Maggies Farm" is a play on "Magee Farm", where Dylan had played in 1963 in support of the Civil Rights movement. What do you mean? The singer might well have a “headful of ideas, That are drivin’ me insane” but that still doesn’t mean either that the music has to be so uninteresting, or the piece performed so often for the message to get across. No, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more. Haha, Jennifer Lopez at the end. No, I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more Out in your face just for kicks In the 1940's the migration of "OKIES" to California left many families with no choice but to cross picket lines to work for these types of usually fruit growers. To be just like I am Bob Dylan in 1971. His bedroom window When he sings “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s Farm no more,” he is saying he will not buy into this system that he’s inherited simply by being born. Were a listener to know nothing of Dylan’s feelings of being creatively constricted by protest singing, the song still stands as a song of political protest as well as one of personal frustration. It is made out of bricks _g1 = document.getElementById('g1-logo-mobile-inverted-source'); Then he fines you every time you slam the door. Well, I try my best More songs with girls' names in the title. I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more. The very American song "What Made Milwaukee Famous" was never a big hit in the US, but Rod Stewart made it famous in the UK. Yes, he is tired of playing the leader of the folk movement. Well there was booing. Well, I’m putting that cotton in a never-full sack } And Maggies Farm just as SHB had that punch combined with scathing lyrics that engraved them into your head, so you did not even have to learn how to sing them, they were fastly engraved into your memory and you just sang along. Maggie’s Farm IS a protest song against all the forces that hold us back. Pete produced Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked, Meat Puppets, and a very memorable track for Roy Orbison. You can understand Dylan there and he plays mostly his greatest hits. That are drivin’ me insane. Why are you having such trouble w/ the word "the?" var _g1; She should be. Well, she talks to all the servants All of the relatives of Maggie seem to be tied to the same thing. A clip of this well-known performance can be seen in Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home. Ah, I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s pa no more. He was backed by two electric guitarists, piano, bass, and drums. Dylan’s version of “Maggie’s Farm” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was a quite a different interpretation than the version he played at the 2011 Grammy award show. Well, he hands you a nickel Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. For the most apt political analogy and application it’s hard to argue with the Specials 1980’s cover version aimed squarely at the politics and policies of then British PM Margaret (Maggie) Thatcher. You can read about that approach as it evolves here. But this section from Wiki is more accurate, I think: "Maggie's Farm is Dylan's declaration of independence from the protest folk movement. Dylan's famous (some say infamous) set at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965 marks the split of Bob Dylan with the folk movement when he decided to play a set with a backing band of electric instruments. Dylan spoke about the crowd’s reaction in a 1965 press conference in San Francisco. Also, having played this song both in a band setting and solo busking, the rhythm can be expressed in a very driving manner, which adds to the musical interest of the song. Well, I wake in the morning I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more. Most commentators see this as a protest against the folk-protest movement. “You can’t give Bob Dylan crisps” The story of Bob Dylan, before the show. I ain’t gonna work for Maggie’s brother no more. http://thebobdylanproject.com/Song/id/389/Maggie's-Farm. And I’m sure, whoever it was, did it twice as loud as they normally would. The song packs a wallop, and Dylan used it to jump start his live shows for several years. In "Maggie's Farm," Dylan included descriptions of Maggie, her brother, her father, and her mother in successive verses.