The joker and the thief.

A “way out” is something  you may dream about. Not so few people have done so. One who did this was probably Bob Dylan, which is expressed through one of his songs.

The text is not hard to find on the web:

Joker&Thief sep
“..said the joker to the thief”

“..Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”


Whatever thoughts that are behind these lines , I am first of all interested in one question: What did Dylan experience when he saw such fame and success in the 60 ‘ s ? Was it a feeling of being used for purposes that he couldn’t control ? Is this something that is expressed in the above quoted  “All along the Watchtower” ? (An early version, only sound, no pictures – here)

Later versions of this song, also performed by Dylan, which may be found on YouTube, sometimes give you a resigned impression. As if “the businessmen” took home the game. As if there is no idea to sing the song any longer…  (Listen: from 1994 – here, from 2014 – here)