Earlier this week, President Obama honored Bob Dylan with a Presidential Medal of Freedom award.
Brought back memories of my Princeton graduation.
It was during the Viet Nam War days … no academic robes, — just “together for peace” armbands … honorary degree recipient: Bob Dylan.
It was was a year of locusts in New Jersey .. and, they were chirping loudly.
That provided inspiration for Dylan’s commemorative song : Day of the Locusts:
As I stepped to the stage to pick up my degree
And the locusts sang off in the distance
Yeah the locusts sang such a sweet melody
Oh, the locusts sang off in the distance
Yeah, the locusts sang and they were singing for me.
I put down my robe, picked up my diploma
Took hold of my sweetheart and away we did drive
Straight for the hills, the black hills of Dakota
Sure was glad to get out of there alive
Man, that was a long time ago.