All in a Day’s Work

Genesis says that Adam named all the animals, the birds of the air, and the living creatures of the field before Eve was created.  Adam saw that all the animals had mates and that made him lonely, so he wanted a partner.  ‘Man Gave Names to All the Animals’ was written by Bob Dylan and it appeared on his 19th studio album Slow Train Coming released in 1979 and some people have said that this song is the worst song Dylan ever wrote, calling it a silly embarrassment that was just awful.  This song appeals to many children and in it, Dylan explains how the bear, cow, bull and sheep got their names, but even though the last verse talks about a snake, it is not named.

By naming something, that helps us to differentiate between things, so we know what we are referring to when we are having a conversation with somebody.  A name gives things an identity, otherwise they would just be things.  Once something is named, you can create emotional bonds and make long lasting ties with it.  Anything without a name remains anonymous, but all things that now have names were once nameless, that is until somebody found a way to call or recall them.  Names add meaning to life, as they give us a method to distinguish individuals.  Naming things is a human need, but words can convey symbolic ideas beyond their meaning.  As soon as an object is named, it obtains a label or a concept of how people will perceive it.

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

He saw an animal that liked to growl
Big furry paws and he liked to howl
Great big furry back and furry hair
Ah, think I’ll call it a bear

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

He saw an animal up on a hill
Chewing up so much grass until it was filled
He saw milk coming out but he didn’t know how
Ah, think I’ll call it a cow

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

He saw an animal that liked to snort
Horns on his head and they weren’t too short
It looked like there wasn’t nothing that he couldn’t pull
Oh, I’ll think I’ll call it a bull

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

He saw an animal leaving a muddy trail
Real dirty face and a curly tail
He wasn’t too small and he wasn’t too big
Ah, think I’ll call him a pig

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

Next animal that he did meet
Had wool on his back and hooves on his feet
Eating grass on a mountainside so steep
Oh, think I’ll call it a sheep

Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, in the beginning
Man gave names to all the animals
In the beginning, long time ago

He saw an animal as smooth as glass
Slithering his way through the grass
He saw him disappear by a tree near a lake

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is to find songs about Pets, Names, or Memories suggested by Di of pensitivity101.

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