My Favorite References in Bob Dylan’s 17-Minute Song
If you have not heard Bob Dylan's new song, "Murder Most Foul," I don't blame you, it's seventeen minutes long. Seventeen. Minutes. Long. It's almost three episodes on Quibi. But in these times, with quarantine and stay at home orders in place, where are you going? Nowhere, is the correct answer, so you may as well get some headphones and check out the full song below. I'll see you in seventeen minutes.
It's a lot right? Even reading along to the lyrics is like a reading a novel, okay that's an exaggeration, but still, it's a lot to unpack. Dylan starts out simple, then it throws in a bunch of references, here are some of my favorites:
- "The Beatles are comin', they're gonna hold your hand."
- "I'm going to Woodstock, it's the Aquarian Age"
- "Up in the red light district, they've got cop on the beat, Living in a nightmare on Elm Street"
- "Frankly, my Scarlet, I don't give a damn"
- "Tommy, can you hear me? I'm the Acid Queen"
- "Wake up, little Suzie, let's go for a drive"
- "I'm just a patsy like Patsy Cline"
- "What's new, pussycat?"
- "Wolfman Jack, he's speaking in tongues"
- "Play Etta James, too, Play "I'd Rather Go Blind"
- "Play "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"'
- "Play Don Henley, Play Glenn Frey, Take it to the limit and let it go by"
- "Play another one and "Another One Bites the Dust"'
And the rest are really a bunch of "play me" and song titles, but it's fun to try and recognize the songs named! Have fun!