A long life was granted to Bob Dylan
Despite the same perils and pitfalls that felled so many other iconic musicians and songwriters of his ilk and era.
And while this song pokes fun at the way pundits, scholars, and fans have described or imagined Bob Dylan, it is not entirely inaccurate or exaggerated, when it comes to what he does and why.
As for his reputation for astute social commentary, this could have been written last week, instead of half a century ago.
And so too could this…
And when it comes to precision strikes in the post 9-11 world, here Bob Dylan pays homage to any early influence from the Delta Blues tradition while landing direct hits on the delusional societal backsliding centered at Twelfth Street and Vine, which has never actually existed in Kansas City, any more than other myths people cling to while denying the reality of everything from Climate Change to Evolution.