With lyrics that contrast the mundane & the absurd, 4th Time Around is suggestive of a young romance. The song revolves around the actions and brief spoken phrases of a man and a woman, who are presumably in the midst of a lover's quarrel. It opens & what could be interpreted as the climax of an argument When she said/ Don't waste your words, they're just lies/ I cried she was deaf. The narrator refers to the woman as she throughout the song, but in the last stanza begins to address someone directly, using the pronoun you, i.e. you took me in,/you loved me then. Musically speaking, the simple folk melody of the song contrasts & the more blues-rock oriented sound of most of Blonde on Blonde.