Bob Dylan’s Hasidic Plagiarism of Rabbi Manis Friedman’sSecret Messianic Notebook
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’s ‘Tin Angel’ (2012):
Well, he threw down his helmet and his cross-handled swordHe renounced his faith, he denied his Lord
Rather rich this lyric, coming from Dylan, who in his post-evangelical Year ofOur Lord 1985 espoused the ‘Messianic complex’. But leaving aside thisSaxonesque ‘intrusion’ into Dylan’s ‘Black Jack Davey’-esque ‘Tin Angel’, thesong immediately following ‘Early Roman Kings’, which isn’t about earlyRoman kings, the language here is part of Dylan’s current slightlyostentatiously and stiltedly religious ‘Our Lord’ Messiah trip.From Sir Walter Scott’s ‘The Fire-King’ – courtesy of the ‘muddiestsuperhighway in the universe’ – by definition instantly public domain it wouldseem, where no attribution is needed.
He has thrown by his helmet and cross-handled sword,Renouncing his knighthood, denying his Lord;He has ta’en the green caftan, and turban put on,For the love of the maiden of fair Lebanon.
‘code in the lyrics’ fodder there. Does Dylan refer to ‘Our Lord’when he is chatting with his Hasidic pal Rabbi Manis Friedman? Not on yournelly.Dylan to Scott Cohen for
magazine in 1985 (as reported by Cohen but bydefinition without the all-significant vocal nuance to give the full context ofwhere the pauses and emphases are):
. . . What I learned in Bible school was just another side of an extension of the samething I believed in all along, but just couldn’t verbalize or articulate.Whether you wantto believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah is irrelevant, but whether you’re aware of themessianic complex, that’s all that’s important.
What's the messianic complex?
All that exists is spirit, before, now and forever more. The messianic thing has to dowith this world, the flesh world, and you got to pass through this to get to that. Themessianic thing has to do with the world of mankind, like it is.This world is scheduledto go for 7,000 years. Six thousand years of this, where man has his way, and 1,000years when God has His way. Just like a week. Six days work, one day rest. The lastthousand years is called the Messianic Age.Messiah will rule. He is, was, and will beabout God, doing God's business. Drought, famine, war, murder, theft, earthquake,and all other evil things will be no more. No more disease. That's all of this world.What's gonna happen is this: you know when things change, people usuallyknow, like in a revolution, people know before it happens who's coming in and who'sgoing out. All the Somozas and Batistas will be on their way out, grabbing their stuffand whatever, but you can forget about them. They won't be going anywhere. It's the