JUNGLELAND

The Rangers had a homecoming
In Harlem late last night
And the Magic Rat drove his sleek machine
Over the Jersey state line
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge
Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain
The Rat pulls into town, rolls up his pants
Together they take a stab at romance
And disappear down Flamingo Lane
Well, the Maximum Lawmen run down Flamingo
Chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
And the kids 'round there live just like shadows
Always quiet, holding hands
From the churches to the jails
Tonight all is silence in the world
As we take our stand
Down in Jungleland
The midnight gang's assembled
And picked a rendezvous for the night
They'll meet 'neath that giant Exxon sign
That brings this fair city light
Man, there's an opera out on the Turnpike
There's a ballet being fought out in the alley
Until the local cops, Cherry-Tops, rips this holy night
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they flash unseen
Kids flash guitars just like switchblades
Hustling for the record machine
The hungry and the hunted
Explode into rock 'n' roll bands
That face off against each other out in the street
Down in Jungleland
In the parking lot the visionaries dress in the latest rage
Inside the backstreet girls are dancing
To the records that the DJ plays

Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Desperate as the night moves on
Just one look and a whisper, and they're gone
Beneath the city, two hearts beat
Soul engines running through a night so tender
In a bedroom locked in whispers
Of soft refusal and then surrender
In the tunnels uptown, the Rat's own dream guns him down
As shots echo down them hallways in the night
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
Between what's flesh and what's fantasy
And the poets down here don't write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of a knife, they reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland
The first thing that tipped me off that this might be about me and Dylan was
the line Listenin to the jukebox in AJ ways. I figured it was just that one line
that was about me. It was the lines “gangs assembled” “and local cops” that
brought to mind the birthday party. Also I figured it might be about me
because I had recently been on the cover of the New York Times so I
figured what I did back in the early 1970’s would have been immortalized
by others.
Garbology
The rangers
(Military) (in the US and certain other armies) a commando specially traine
d in making raids
had a homecoming

A coming to or returning home.
in Harlem late last night
In Manhattan in the night Peter Von Goldberg
established the Dutch settlement of Nieuw Haarlem here in 1658.
And the Magic Rat
Dylan. In FROGGY WENT A COURTIN Springsteen makes reference to
Christopher Ricks book on Dylan and how he got permission to reprint
lyrics ‘Well Uncle Rat he gave his consent, uh-huh
Hey Uncle Rat he gave his consent, uh-huh
Now Uncle Rat he gave his consent
And the weasel wrote the publishment, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh
Drove his sleek machine over the Jersey state line
His guitar –Springsteen reference “And my machine, she's a dud, out stuck
in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey”
Barefoot girl sitting on the hood

Slang
Barefoot girl – Dylan the poor folk singer and pretend leftist who actually
supported the Klan

of a Dodge
but evaded being pinned as this by cunning, trickery, or deceit:
Drinking warm
To take in eagerly through the senses
Beer
One of Dylan’s symbols for heroin as in “I’ve already had two beers I’m
ready for the broom.”
in the soft
The soft machine book about junk by my late friend Bill Burroughs
Summer rain
During the war in Nam rain as in hard rain gonna fall
The Rat pulls into town rolls up his pants
Rolls up, as in roll up an operation and pants as in desire, heavy breathing.
Also Dylan rolled up his sleeve to show me he was not a junkie when after I
brought my Dylanology class to his pad.
Together they take a stab
Stab: To plunge (a pointed weapon or instrument) into something. Take a
try
At romance
A strong, sometimes short- lived attachment, fascination, or enthusiasm for
something. Dylan invited me to hang out with him.
and disappear down Flamingo Lane

and express my opinions Pink 2. Slang Having leftist political opinions.
Well the Maximum
An upper limit allowed by law maximum sentence
Lawman
In the Dylan weberman tel con Dylan called me a pig and said I had a pig
mentality.
Run down Flamingo

A point-by-point summary. AJ gives Bob his left wing rap
Chasing the Rat and the barefoot girl
To seek the favor or company of persistently: chased me until I agreed to a
date. Chased Dylan who had sold out the left the rat and Dylan the leftist
folk singer.
And the kids
(intr) to behave or speak deceptively - the false threats.
Round here look just like shadows
Dylan would get the studio dark as night fell so it would get real spooky,
especially when I was coming down from caffeine pills I copped.
Shadow:
The darkness or diminished light caused by the blocking of a light source:
Always quiet, holding hands
a séance – predicting the future. Dylan would say Al if you get into my life I
might gain a soul

From the churches to the jails tonight all is silence in the world
From the moral to the immoral, from the righteous to the criminal Dylan
would go anything to silence me from telling the world his is a dope head.
As we take our stand down in Jungleland
As I take a stand of heroin use and junkies and dealers in general
The midnight gang's assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
The Dylan Liberation Front, those that appear at the darkest hour have
assembled and picked a meeting place, in front of Dylan towhouse, for a
demonstration known as Dylan’s 30th Birthday
They'll meet 'neath that giant
a person or thing of extraordinary importance, achievement, etc.: one of
giants of folk musicExxon sign
A portentous incident or event; a presage,
That brings this fair
Lawful to hunt or attack: fair game.
City light
Public attention; general knowledge: brought the scandal to light.
Man there's an opera
A theatrical presentation in w
out on the Turnpike
US a motorway for use of which a toll is charged, Dylan is paying a toll

There's a ballet being fought out in the alley

AJ dancing around with trash City “To Begin Phasing Out Alley
Trash Pickups, Converting All To Curbside.”
Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night
In When I Paint My Masterpiece Dylan described the bash in this fashion
“newspapermen eating candy had to be held down by big police.”There
was a near riot at the Birthday Party caused by a FBI informant.
The street's alive as secret debts are paid
Contacts made, they vanished unseen
an acquaintance, esp one who might be useful in business, as a means of
introduction, etc Dylan had contacts in the mafia and he had GI Joe
Sternberg, Paul Eboli’s chauffer who set Paul up for a hit giving out
frankfurters to get people away from in front of 94 MacDougal.

Kids flash guitars just like switch-blades hustling for the record machine
David Peel played his weapon, his guitar trying to promote his records.

The hungry and the hunted explode into rock'n'roll bands
David Peel was hungry for fame so went after Dylan, the hunted,
That face off against each other out in the street down in Jungleland
The “out of the street” line is an important clue that this verse is about the
Dylan Birthday Party.
In the parking lot
Those not going anywhere
The visionaries
(of people) characterized by idealistic or radical ideas, esp impractical
ones
Dress in the latest rage
Move with great violence or intensity:
Inside the backstreet
And for those who are obscure, in the underground
And hiding on the backstreets
Hiding on the backstreets
With a love so hard and filled with defeat
Running for our lives at night on them backstreets
Girls are dancing
dance attendance on someone to attend someone solicitously or
obsequiously

to the records that the D.J. plays [In AJ ways]
Lonely-hearted lovers struggle in dark corners
Key word: “struggle.” Strife, contention, or combat: armed struggle. Violent
revolutionaries struggle to overthrow the government in dangerous
situations
Desperate as the night moves on, just a look and a whisper, and they're
gone
Under heavy FBI and Red Squad surveillance that creates paranoia
Beneath the city two hearts beat
In the underground two people’s emotions are identical, me and Bruce
Soul
A person considered as the embodiment of an intangible quality; a
personification.
Engines
A machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or
piece of artillery. Radical leaders like Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, A. J.
Weberman
running through a night so tender
Sarcastic: in a dangerous brutal environment

In a bedroom locked
In a prison
In whispers of soft refusal and then surrender

After refusing soft drugs like pot then surrounding to heroin addiction
In the tunnels uptown
Tunnel: an underground passage. In the underground uptown in Spanish
Harlem or Harlem
The Rat's own dream guns him down
Dylan’s heroin use leads to his destruction. As in Happiness is a Warm
Gun by John Lennon.
As shots echo down them hallways in the night
As Dylan shooting heroin reverberates in his music.
No one watches when the ambulance pulls away
No one watches as great literature, like that of Hemingway, an ambulance
driver during WWII.
Or as the girl shuts out the bedroom light
Or as Dylan “shuts the light shuts the shade you don’t have to be afraid I’ll
be a addict tonight.”
Outside the street's on fire in a real death waltz
In America the Vietnam war rages on? But why “street?” Could this refer to
Elizabeth Street where Dylan jumped me. Waltz Informal To lead or force to
move in a self-assured or purposeful manner; march: waltzed them into the
principal's office.
Between flesh and what's fantasy
Between my actual body and what Dylan fantasized doing to it.

and the poets down here
Dylan who was down on the Bowery
Don't write nothing at all, they just stand back and let it all be
Are too busy beating me up to write about more important things.
And in the quick
Sensitive or raw exposed flesh
of the night they reach for their moment
To extend or move a hand, arm, or other body part, especially when trying
to touch or grasp something:
And try to make an honest stand
Stand: A desperate or decisive effort at defense or resistance, as in a
battle: made their stand at the river.
but they wind up wounded, not even dead
Tonight in Jungleland