Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Dylan lyrics
- Dottie wrote:
>Here's a page with the new Dylan lyrics.Yeah, there's lots of Dylan websites out there, and I was just going
to share something from expectingrain.com, but the site or its server
(webhost) seems to be down.
I learned something interesting there about a verse from my alltime
favorite BD song, "Desolation Row":
"Einstein, disguised as Robin Hood
With his memories in a trunk
Passed this way an hour ago
With his friend, a jealous monk
He looked so immaculately frightful
As he bummed a cigarette
Then he went off sniffing drainpipes
And reciting the alphabet
Now you would not think to look at him
But he was famous long ago
For playing the electric violin
On Desolation Row"
I've never intellectualized this, but it seems like there used to be
an optimistic drive in the old days to bring cheap electricity to the
poor (like Robin Hood helping out the poor) in the wake of nuclear
energy, and Einstein's work had contributed to this technology, which
was instantly used as a bomb. So that's why Einstein was "famous long
ago" for playing the electric violin!
I can't stop being continually amazed at Bob Dylan's superb artistic
imagery, which lifts almost every subject matter he touches far above
the mundane everyday-stuff into unexpected dimensions. Which is why
he refused to be pinned down with stereotypical labels like "protest singer".