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Old 08-23-2016, 06:11 PM
EinsteinsHund EinsteinsHund is offline
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Originally Posted by Martian Bigfoot View Post
Whether someone likes or dislikes X is a different matter. Although I suspect that it's just a matter of time before the thread devolves into the usual "X is so cool!" vs "No, you're so dumb, X is stupid!" slapfest.

We're not there yet, though, so maybe we can get some more examples in. I think the more interesting cases is where you like something, and you'll like it either way, but you still can't decide whether it's brilliant or dumb. It's funny you should mention Dylan, since he's like that for me at times.

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D.A. look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try "No Doz"
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose

OK, that is either great poetry that was sweated over and revised endlessly, or just some weird stuff that Bob wrote down while drunk, on a napkin, in the back of a taxi, and then found the next day and decided to keep. It's really hard to tell sometimes. I'm pretty sure that he employed both methods.
This is probably my favorite Dylan verse of all, and I bet the napkin theory is much more probable, or maybe he wrote it in the back of the studio between two takes. That was his style of writing in those times. And right, later he employed the other method, in fact he had long spells of writer's block later in his career, whereas he could write a song in ten minutes in the mid-sixties. For me, everything in those lines makes sense (except for "No Doz" because I don't know what it means) and it gives me glimpses of the time and place in which it was written. Of course WordMan is right, the flow and the beat in those lines are crucial, that's why they work better when Dylan sings them than printed on paper or pixels on a screen, respectively.