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Podhoretz, Norman

Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 20:53:44 -0500
Sender: The Bob Dylan Discussion List 
From: Scott and Lauren Gilbert (
Subject: Re: New Morning

Bill Parr asks

> What specifically do you find so attractive about New Morning? Specific songs?
 The lyrics? Something else?
Day of the Locusts has always done it for me -- it gimme a cheeill.
Don't know why.  I think it's the combination of that voice, the
evocative piano chords and imagery and the idea of Dylan tackling the
meaning of "what it's all about" and coming up with the nuclear family
as an answer.

I think I recall reading that the exploding head man was Norman Podhertz
(I couldn't possibly make that up).  True?

Scott Gilbert

Outside of the gates the trucks were unloadin', The weather was hot, a-nearly 90 degrees. The man standin' next to me, his head was exploding, Well, I was prayin' the pieces wouldn't fall on me. Yeah, the locusts sang off in the distance, Yeah, the locusts sang such a sweet melody. Oh, the locusts sang off in the distance, And the locusts sang and they were singing for me.

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