Thursday, January 26, 2006

There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.

Photo by Leo
"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 drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth. None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."

Jimmy Hendricks is one of the greatest of all musicians. I am very familiar with him.
Interesting story here. Bob Dylan wrote "All Along the Watchtower" around 1966 and the original version, on the album "John Wesley Harding" does not resemble the Hendrix version in the least. However, when Bob heard it, he gave up his version and the Hendrix reading became the definitive.

"Outside in the distance a wild cat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl". These are the last lyrics of the song. Note their apocalyptic nature.Now check your Old Testament and you can see the source for this song in:
Isaiah, Chapter 21:8-9...
"And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights. 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.

Another Dylan story comes from the Merry Prankster camp. Seems Bob was hanging around with Kesey et al a while back and he'd break into singing for no apparent reason. Not knowing it was Dylan, Kesey remarked to Babbs that he knew who that little son of a bitch was. "He's the guy that wrote the Book of Revelation." He probably did.
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