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Hi Kees! I really enjoy your Bob Dylan song analysis!

I just read your analysis on "pay in blood" and was surprised to note that you seem to have missed the primary scriptures that are most relevant to the song!

Ezekiel 3:7-10 (ESVST)
But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me:because all the house of Israel have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. 8 Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9 Like emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” 10 Moreover, he said to me, “ Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears.

Ezekiel 3:16-22 (ESVST)
A Watchman for Israel
16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me:17 “ Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die, ’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

"I pay in blood, but not my own" then carries a double meaning. Dylan is confessing that his warnings have too often been extended in the form of judgement and self-righteous cynicism ("I'll stand over your grave til I'm sure that you're dead," "you've got a heart of stone") fueled by anger rather than Love. Yet, at the same time, he has repented of these failures and knows that his sins have been paid for by the blood of Christ. He knows that he deserves to have the blood of others demanded from him, but he also knows that the blood of Christ has paid this debt.

I think that explains the alternating personalities, the vicious snarls and the thankful praise, throughout the song. In the past he was determined that other people would pay with their own blood, not his, but now he knows that Christ's blood covers all.

Thought that might be interesting to you. These verses really color the whole album. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Keep up the great work!

NateW08-10-2013 06:23

I enjoy reading your analyses of Dylan's lyrics. I'm wondering if you have considered writing on "Sign on the Cross" -- from the Basement Tapes. It's a powerful song. I'd enjoy reading your thoughts on it.

Best wishes.

Tom01-10-2013 18:24

Hi Kees, I was so pleased to find your impressions of Bob Dylan's words. I too am a Christian and recently saw the "unauthorised biography" DVD of the Rolling Thunder and Gospel years of Dylan's journey. It seems to me that his time with the Jews for Jesus fuelled his inherited awareness of destiny for his people and for him as an individual. Like others I'm intrigued by the voyeuristic commentary and detail of his personal life but more vital & harder to find are perceptions of the luminous footprints of his spiritual pilgrimage. So thankyou. I look forward to reading more. Let's lift Bob in prayer to the Father of Israel and of those ingrafted to the vine.

Verity Jane12-09-2013 12:44

High Water analysis:
A "dark room" is not to be confused with a back room. A dark room could be used in photography in the 20th century.

David14-07-2013 12:05

Beste Kees,
we hebben samen zitten genieten van je site heel mooi.
heb genoten van de kronoek der graafieten

grt johan en nel

johan schoenmakers25-11-2012 19:51

I really enjoy your writings about Bob Dylan's songs and his use of the Bible.
Thank you very much!
Ejler Copenhagen

Ejler Svendsen16-11-2012 21:03

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Joe Golden05-11-2012 18:35

very interesting what you write aboute
"Duquesne Whistle blowing"
but
please have a look on the
"Connellsville train wreck"
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia):
Date December 23, 1903:
"The Connellsville train wreck killed 64 people and injured 68.
It occurred on December 23, 1903, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near Connellsville, Pennsylvania when the

Duquesne Limited

was derailed by a load of timber lying on the track which had fallen from a freight train earlier."

ernst hugo kouba28-10-2012 20:23

Is the extended version of Highlands, a studio take ~25 minutes long was done, appeared anywhere?

Hugh Bollinger19-10-2012 20:11

Dag Kees,
N.a.v. ons gesprek vanavond ben ik op internet gaan zoeken en...gevonden!
Interessant, ik kijk er nog eens uitgebreid naar
groet
M

Marry16-10-2012 23:14

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