Too much of nothin'

  • EStjarn

    Senior Member
    From the full lyrics it would seem that "too much of nothing" is a reference to being broke (for too long periods of time), at least on the surface. The implication would be that some financial hardship could be beneficial to the spirit (of a poet), but too much of it, not.

    Wikipedia has an article about the song. The two names in the chorus - Valerie and Vivienne - seem to refer to T. S. Eliot's wives. That might be a clue to a second, more evasive meaning of the phrase.

    (The song was written by Dylan in 1967 and made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. Dylan's own version was released in 1975 on The Basement Tapes.)


    Senior Member
    Hello Oleg,

    i realize I missed giving you the logic behind my interpretation. For the record, here's how I see it:

    "too much of nothing" = "too much of having nothing" = "being out of money for too long a time"

    To paraphrase one of the lines you quote, "Being out of money for too long a long time can make a man a liar".

    I hope we get some more input on this as our views differ somewhat.
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