A Dylan-tastic week of Bob Dylan songs: Desolation Row

Stick with me here, please. You’ve, hopefully, listened to Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right and Mr Tambourine Man. Today’s Bob Dylan song could be more of a challenge, especially if you’re not ‘into’ Dylan. The song is Desolation Row. It’s over 11 minutes and has imaginative lyrics, which are shown below the video.

They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner
They’ve got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker
The other is in his pants
And the riot squad they’re restless
They need somewhere to go
As Lady and I look out tonight
From Desolation Row.

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