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Thread #84959   Message #1571708
Posted By: Little Hawk
27-Sep-05 - 04:07 PM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorceseDocumentary
Oh, and anyone who thinks Dylan's "electric" lyrics are merely a bunch of drug-inspired gibberish...

....just doesn't comprehend them in the least.

Kind of like "Mr Jones". "something is happening here, but you don't know what it is...do you, Mr Jones?" No wonder Bob's voice was underlined by such acid contempt as he spat out those lines in the angry songs on "Highway 61 Revisited". He was facing the emptiness of minds that only see and hear what they want to see and hear...which is something they already saw and heard 5,000 times or so before.

He broke the hidden rules of the mind. Not the mundane outer rules (like where you park your car or what poison you choose to drink or smoke in your spare time)...but the rules of enforced conformity, bland assumption, lifelessness, and unconscious, witless submission of people's lives and their children's lives to social idiocy. Modern society is largely meaningless, crass, corrupt, and insane, and he knew it. He said it. He said it plainly. People didn't like it. A lot of them still don't like it.

Dylan, like Mikhail Gorbachev in the 80's in Russia, was offering his audience something that a whole lot of them just were not aware enough to grasp or know what to do with. He was no ordinary entertainer, though he might have wished he was! It would have been a lot easier to deal with, after all, wouldn't it?