The Intellectual Tempest at the Core of the Dylan World’s Schizophrenic Being
Slicer is only one of many obsessive fans who will scrutinise the album's lyrics for possible meanings, as Dylan fans have done ever since he burst onto the scene with rich imagery in his song-writing, and an often oblique approach to tackling subject matter (when he was actually doing that rather than just stringing words together in imaginative rhyme and metre).

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Thursday, June 03, 2010 Bob Dylan, Carl Sandburg, and the "Borrowing" Problem At 12/06/2010 04:42:00 PM, Singing Bear said...

Whatever Dylan's motives may or may not have been in, seemingly, fabricating events by misusing the words of others, it certainly indicates the lengths he has gone to to break free from the prison of his 80's slump. Japanese novelists, Henry Timrod and now this. As a life-long Dylan fan, I'm beginning to feel a little uneasy about the plagiarism*. On the other hand, much of the work that has arisen from this activity is stunning. Not sure if it justifies such 'love and theft', though.

To which all I can say is this, from the Gospel of Luke chapter 7 in the King James Version (KJV) -- for those oh-so-sensitive to the delicate nuances and cadences of bluesy language:
30But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him. 31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.

Enter Mick Brown 1984, Mick the ‘Exclusive’. ‘Nobody’s come close’. Closer than Mick the home-theorist spin doctor of phrases Dylan never used . .. Paul Kirkman 2012

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