‘All I can do is be me… Whoever that is’ – Bob Dylan
This quote comes from snippet of a May 1965 interview reportedly for In-Beat Magazine. Dylan is in fact in a discussion with the interviewer comparing poetry, lyrics and whether there is a definitive definition of both. In typical Dylan style the interview is a bit abstract but definitely worth a read as it gives just a glimpse into the enigma that is Bob Dylan. Here is the snippet that contains the actual quote.
Interviewer: If you put it in lyrics instead of poetry, you have a higher chance of hitting the people who have to be hit?
Bob Dylan: I do, but I don’t expect anything from it, you dig? All I can do is be me — whoever that is — for those people that I do play to, and not come on with them, tell them I’m something that I’m not. I’m not going to tell them that I’m The Great Cause Fighter or The Great Lover or Great Boy Genius or whatever. Because I’m not, man. Why mislead them? That’s all just Madison Avenue, that’s just selling. Sure, Madison Avenue is selling me, but it’s not really selling me, because I was hip to it before I got there.
Full interview can be found here