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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Some Dylan lyrics take 40 years to make sense

I was listening to Highway 61 Revisited--one of my five favorite albums ever and a record I know by heart--just now and a lyric from "Tombstone Blues" leapt out like one of them crazy-talking soothsayers:

Well, John the Baptist after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, "Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?"

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, "Death to all those who would whimper and cry"
And dropping a bar bell he points to the sky
Saying, "The sun's not yellow it's chicken"

When does mind-bending, surrealistic wordplay suddenly become journalism? When reality itself becomes surreal, I guess. Now I'm terrified to hear "Desolation Row."


Anonymous mark r said...

no doubt

10:41 AM  
Blogger jeremiah said...

ah, so many times i've attempted to learn all the verses to "desolation row"...

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Tatiana said...

People should read this.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Alright, Ma still amazes me. Disillusion words like bullets bark...Propaganda all is phony.

3:35 PM  

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