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Tombstone Blues.

April 7, 2011 \pm\30 3:24 pm

Tonight I was silently cursing Bob Dylan for writing the lines:

And the National Bank at a profit

Sells roadmaps for the soul

To the old folks home, in the college

in “Tombstone Blues.” Contemplating these lines helped me flunk out of Cornell.

Then suddenly I realized: the song is about itself! The “roadmaps to the soul” are Dylan songs, which Columbia Records sells at a profit. And who listens to Dylan? College students! (Dylan’s original fans, ironically, are now candidates for old folks homes.) Only­ songs by this great bard are capable of critiquing themselves.


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