Friday, October 5, 2007


The title is one of Bob Dylan's most famous song. "All Along the Watchtower" . The Song has got pretty intriguing lyrics. The song has been covered by many of Dylan's famous contemporaries as well as juniors. Jimmy Hendrix, U2, Dave Matthews, Niel Young to name a few. Here I have tried to decipher what Dylan wanted to say or most likely what it meant to me....

"There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth."

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

The world compromises of three kinds of people the Jokers, Thieves and the also ran. Off all kind of men the most sure of themselves are the thieves, also ran fears them where as also ran laugh at the jokers. Joker for the also ran is one who works hard but to see his work to be laundered. Also ran laugh at jokers as they think joker is a joke as he is working his butt off and gets nothing. So the joker is disillusioned seeing that his fruits are being enjoyed by all and sundry. Thieves for also ran are the ones who get a lot of wealth but they can't understand how, so they banish them by calling them thieves. The atlases of the world are the Jokers and the Thieves. Jokers and the Thieves are the two sides of the same coin Thieves become jokers if they give in and allow themselves to be exploited. But then The PRINCE (GOD) is watching from the watchtower upon all the women and the men, and no ones deeds will go unheeded long as the prince looks ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER....