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“Two riders were approaching:” All Along the Watchtower and Isaiah

5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.
6 For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
Isaiah 21

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  • Rajan Mahadevan August 27, 2017, 12:58 AM

    Nice videoclip and commentary on this nice Dylan-song. Thanks for sharing and spreading the joy.

  • DB August 27, 2017, 3:28 AM
  • Michael August 27, 2017, 7:36 AM

    I suggest considering the title “Why Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize” could be change, but you nailed the analysis. John Wesley Harding was my first Dylan album I bought. The first night I listened to it over and over. I knew these songs were drenched in scripture. I hope you comment on other of his songs. Thank you.

  • Howard Nelson August 27, 2017, 8:59 AM

    Watchman, watchman what’s seen far away, what jeopardy is near?
    Are we safe today or is there need to fear?
    What if the marauders come at night, the danger out of sight?
    Must we at all times be on guard, weapons whetted for the fight?

    Sometime surprisingly peace we hope will come,
    With a new beat, soothing, from an old war drum.
    We’ll wait ’til then and work to make that better fate
    And sewer-drain the sap of crap from the tree of hate.

  • Callmelennie August 28, 2017, 7:50 AM

    Here’s the Muslim, Sufi-delic take on “All Along The Watchtower”

    There must be some kind of blade over here
    Said The Mullah to The Thief
    There’s too many contusions
    I cant make this chop neat
    Taliban, they stone my wife
    Bombers scorch my Earth
    Nobody in this land of strife
    Knows what a poppy is worth

    No reason to Kharajite it
    The Thief he meekly spoke
    There are infidels among us
    Who think Shi’ites are but a joke
    But you and I have been thru that
    And this is not our faith
    So let us stop chopping falsely now
    My wrist is starting to ache

    Wa Allah’s on the watchtower
    Snipers kept their view
    While haram women came and wept
    And we stoned them too
    Wa outside in the Kush distance
    Blackhawks did prowl
    Two Warthogs were approaching
    And the wind began to howl

  • Casey Klahn August 28, 2017, 9:59 PM

    AATW is everything he says of it. Ballad, unforgettable, haunting. If Dylan stood on the shoulders of giants, he became a colossus himself. The question is, who will do this next?