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Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2235  Thursday, 27 September 2001

[1]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 25 Sep 2001 17:44:40 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Sep 2001 08:33:50 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD

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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Sep 2001 12:41:38 -0400
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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 25 Sep 2001 17:44:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD

While we are discussing Dylan and Shakespeare, I thought that I would
bring up an interesting intersection of the two. In the Michael
Almereyda film starring Ethan Hawke, the Yorick scene does not occur.
Nevertheless, a gravedigger is briefly presented singing "All Along the
Watchtower". I just thought the words perfectly encapsulate the ideas of
the scene between Hamlet and the First Clown:

"There must be some way out of here", Said the Joker to the thief.
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drank my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."
"No reason to get excited", the thief he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us that feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate".

What a brilliant idea.
Brian Willis

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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Sep 2001 08:33:50 +0100
Subject: 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD

Well, this certainly illustrates textual problems! Substantives,
accidentals, lineation...  Original spelling edition, anyone?

John Briggs

Carl Fortunato wrote:

The exact lyric is:

Romeo, he said to Juliet, "You got a poor complexion;
It don't even give an appearance of a youthful touch."
Juliet said back to Romeo, "Why don't you just shove off
If it bothers you so much."

Gerry Morgan wrote:

These are the lyrics from "Floater" which refer to R&J:

Romeo, he said to Juliet, you got a poor complexion
 It don't give your appearance a very youthful touch
 Juliet said back to Romeo,
 why don't you just shove off,
 if it bothers you so much

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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Sep 2001 12:41:38 -0400
Subject: 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2212 Re: Bob Dylan's Latest CD

> This new album is very good.  If anyone is interested, I once
> embarrassed myself in a Shakespeare course by describing the ways in
> which Dylan may be the best candidate for a "20th century equivalent to
> Shakespeare."  But only upon request...
>
> -- Gerry

An article in last Saturdays Toronto Star said Dylan was going to write
his autobiography but the publishers would have to interview people who
were around him way back then as he no longer knows what he meant in his
early songs.

"Ain't dark yet but it's gettin there' -:)

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