Tell me, tall man, where would you like to be overthrown, in Jerusalem, or Argentina?
Country in South America.
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 1996 16:15:31 GMT From: CHRISTOPHER ROLLASON (rollason@DIALUP.FRANCENET.FR) Subject: Re: Thoughts on Angelina email@example.com (nate) wrote: >In article <01HZN9VB9OYO001MA7@mr.schools.minedu.govt.nz>, >ZORNR@SCHOOLS.MINEDU.GOVT.NZ says... >>Satan seems to be who Dylan is addressing when he says, "Tell >>me, tall man, where would you like to be overthrown, in >>Jerusalem, or Argentina? Jerusalem is where some Christians >>believe Jesus will reign from on earth when He returns and >>finally crushes Satan. Argentina is probably only mentioned >>because it rhymes with Angelina. >true, but i also catch the nuance of Where Do The Old Nazis Go >To Die - the origin of the phrase "is he dead? - No! he's alive >and well and living in Argentina." Certainly the primary recipients >of the Nazi wrath also have a rather large stake in Jerusalem. Not so sure thar Argentina is only mentioned for the rhyme. What about the reference in 'Groom's Still Waiting' to the woman 'running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires'? Perhaps Bob sees Argentina as a place of rough; macho violence (gauchos, compadritos, etc.) - an impression which might be confirmed from some of Borges' stories. The tango supposedly originated in those Buenos Aires whorehouses. And wasn't Argentina still under a military dictatorship when the song was written?