January 19, 2004

Dylan's Law of Defeat

Godwin's Law states: "As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

I propose Dylan's Law: "As a baby boomer's political campaign implodes,the probability of pundits homilizing "campaign's not busy being born are busy dyin'" approaches one. (Op. cit.:Josh Marshall

Of course, the Devil or the Doofus can quote Dylan to their purpose. But it might behoove Marshall to spend a few moments in meditation on the sacred text of "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" which descends to us from Dylan's classic methedrine period:

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool's gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proves to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.


While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind its gates
But even the president of the United States
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.

An' though the rules of the road have been lodged
It's only people's games that you got to dodge
And it's alright, Ma, I can make it.

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 19, 2004 11:48 PM | TrackBack
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