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September 11, 2008

"Desolation Row"

By: Bernard Chazelle

One day, I decided that Dylan's lyrics were not really about life, death, love, and the absurdity of the human condition. They were really about the circus. Then everything made sense.

The circus is in town...
And the Good Samaritan, he's dressing.
He's getting ready for the show.
He's going to the carnival tonight
On Desolation Row.

— Bernard Chazelle

Posted at September 11, 2008 07:54 PM

Mr. Lloyd my Problems-in-American-Democracy theachr in high school and an Ex Marine told our class to watch Bob Dylan on the Lloyd Thaxton Show, the first I'd EVER heard of Dylan. Maybe 65-66 I'm not sure. I've thought Dylan is the greatest poet ever since.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at September 11, 2008 10:30 PM

And what is the circus about?

Posted by: Duncan at September 12, 2008 01:47 PM

==Cinderella, she seems so easy/"It takes one to know one," she smiles/And puts her hands in her back pockets/Bette Davis style==

Does that supposed to mean something? Sorry, I'm not impressed.

=They sat together in the park/as the evening sky grew dark. She looked at him and he felt a spark/tingle to his bones/'Twas then he felt alone/and wished he that he'd gone straight/And watched out for a simple twist of fate=

Now, I'm impressed.

When Dylan DOESN'T write poetry, but rather writes
lyric, is when he is at his best.

Posted by: Paul Avery at September 12, 2008 01:54 PM

Speaking of the circus, may I recommend two movies?


Larger than Life

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at September 12, 2008 02:27 PM