He's still got it! Dylan fans can rejoice at the arrival of his best album since 2001's "Love and Theft". That album did not receive the media recognition that it deserved because it was released on, and over-shadowed by, the events of September 11th. I love L&T so much that I refer to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre as the second most important historical event that occurred on that day. Of course the album surprises and fascinates in part because it builds upon and refines what Dylan had started to accomplish with his seminal come-back album from 1997, Time Out of Mind, which won him three Grammys that year, including album of the year. His next two albums were highly successful commercially, but to me it seemed that he had lost the thread, and maybe it was just not possible for him to make a better album than "Love and Theft". Modern Times and Together Through Life are both great albums, and are undoubtedly of the same vintage as his other post-comeback output, but these albums don't have the same depth and intricacy that we expect from a true Dylan classic.
they're lyin' there dyin' in their blood.
Two timin' slim.
Who ever heard of him?
I'll drag his corpse through the mud".
Mary dresses in green
It's soon after midnight
And I've got a date with the fairy queen" (presumably Mary)
"Look down angel, from the skies
help my weary soul to rise
I kissed your cheek, I dragged your plow
you broke my heart, I was your friend till now
.. If I can't work up to you
you'll surely have to work down to me someday."
with a smile on her face
she has crowned my soul with grace
I'm still hurtin' from an arrow, that pierced my chest
I'm gonna have to take my head
and bury it in your breasts"
Everything comes full circle in the last verse when he hears a voice at the dusk of day saying "be gentle brother, be gentle and pray". Salvation anyone?
"I wear dark sunglasses to cover my eyes
There's secrets in em' I can't disguise
Come back baby
If I hurt your feelings I apologize"
"Set 'em up Joe, play walkin' the floor
Play it for my flat-chested junkie whore
If love is a sin, then beauty is a crime
All things are beautiful in their time
The black and the white, the yellow and the brown
It's all right there for you in
cover your face or suffer the consequence