I know I'm not the only one who has to stop what they're doing every time Dylan's "Desolation Row" is played. That song is jam-packed with dramatic imagery. Heart attack machines, Ezra Pound and TS Eliot fighting in the captain's tower, Einstein disguised as Robin Hood. Jesus, Dylan's talent makes me sick sometimes! But the lyrics below, I feel, are some of the most devastating the man ever penned.
Yes, I received your letter yesterday (About the time the door knob broke) When you asked how I was doing Was that some kind of joke? All these people that you mention Yes, I know them, they're quite lame I had to rearrange their faces And give them all another name Right now I can't read too good Don't send me no more letters no Not unless you mail them From Desolation Row