Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
Information Measurement Theory has been applied by multitudes of visionary people over the years. One masterful musician and poet who has repeatedly incorporated IMT concepts into his art is the one and only Bob Dylan. I would like to focus on one of Mr. Dylan’s songs in particular, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”. The recurring title phrase of this song illustrates the concept of not worrying about what may happen in life, but accepting and understanding that it will only occur one way. This is a great way to express the concepts of IMT and demonstrate that one does not have control over others or their environment, but only of themselves.
In the second verse of the song, the lyrics proclaim, “It ain’t no use in turning on your light babe, the light I never knowed. It ain’t no use in turning on your light babe, I’m on the dark side of the road.” This passage shows the realization that he had never seen the ‘light’ of his lover and that he is still in the dark. I interpret this as him accepting that he does not know everything and probably never will. However, there is no reason to stress or deny the fact but simply, “Don’t think twice, it’s alright.”
In the third verse, the lyrics state, “I’m thinking and a wondering all the way down the road, I once loved a woman, a child I’m told. I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul. Don’t think twice, it’s alright.” I see this verse as a realization that the relationship between them was childish and immature. However, because of this, he realizes that he is moving from a point of less intelligence and experience to a point of more. He is growing to be less worried and assume less risk in situations. This wonderfully embodies the theories of IMT and describes it in an anecdotal form that encourages the listener to apply the feeling and lesson to their own life. Bob Dylan is a strategic poet who has touched on several concepts of Information Measurement Theory in his music. I’d like to conclude with the words of Bob Dylan himself, “I’m walking down that long lonesome road babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell. But goodbye is too good a word babe, so Ill just say fare thee well.”