Thursday 15th December 2016

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Bob Dylan

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son?
And what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warnin’
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And what’ll you do now my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are a many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
And the executioner’s face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I’ll tell and speak it and think it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it
And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well before I start singing
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.


Seahawks 24 Rams 3

For the fifth season in a row and sixth time in seven years, the Seattle Seahawks will be contestants in the NFL postseason.
Following a 24-3 defeat of the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football, the Seahawks (9-4-1) clinched the NFC West division, the fourth division title for Seattle since Pete Carroll took over as head coach in 2010. The Seahawks had two ways to clinch in Week 15: defeating or tying the Rams, or the Arizona Cardinals losing to the New Orleans Saints.
“I think it’s a huge significance in terms of consistency and it’s something that we really do take great pride in because of the implications for the playoffs,” Carroll said of the significance of winning a division championship. “That’s what it’s all about. The division allows you to have a home game in the playoffs, which why wouldn’t you want to play here? So we really focus on getting to the point where we have a chance to win this thing so that we can get at home and you just keep going and see how many times you can be able to play at home from this point. But it’s really about the consistency and that’s something that’s truly important I think as we look at our program. Do we continue to show that we’re up there and we can continue to keep coming back? I think that’s about as good as you can do in sports.”

Thursday night’s win also means that the Seahawks are the first team in the NFL to clinch a division title this season.
“It has been strange,” Carroll said of his team’s path to this year’s NFC West crown. “It’s been different than any of the years that we’ve had. Other teams in the division have struggled and so it made it available to us in a sense, even with the play that we’re not as happy about, having four losses at this time. Think about how many games have been so close and stuff like that as well — save the Packer thing — but we’ve just been out in front the whole time, so we knew that and we’re working with that.”
Against the Rams, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 19 of 26 passes for 229 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, while Seattle’s defense held Los Angeles to a mere 183 net yards.

Although the Dallas Cowboys (11-2), currently sit atop the conference, the Seahawks are still in the hunt to claim a first-round bye in the playoffs with the No. 2 seed.
The Seahawks have two remaining games to conclude the 2016 regular season to improve those chances — both against divisional opponents Arizona and San Francisco. Regardless of how the remaining schedule plays out for Seattle, they’ll be competing to bring the Vince Lombardi trophy home.



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