- "Positively 4th Street" is funny in just how plain BRUTAL it is.
- Most of The Basement Tapes songs have some funny turns of phrase ("the comic book and me, just us, we caught the bus."), but a couple can be classified as full-on comedy and are absolutely hilarious: a doo-wop parody called "I'm Your Teenage Prayer" and a bit where Dylan and The Band deliberately slaughter a Mexican ballad.
- On The Bootleg Series VI: Live 1964, recorded just as Dylan was trying to break free of the Protest Singer mold, he is very clearly baked to the gills and in a very good mood. For instance, his reaction to an audience member requesting "Mary Had A Little Lamb".
- The travails of the narrator of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" from Highway 61 Revisited get rather amusing, even if you feel sorry for the poor sap. His Screw This, I'm Outta Here! reaction to end the song caps off the tour de force.
And you ask why I don't live here - Honey, how come YOU don't MOVE?
- Same goes for "Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again", except the situations are more surreal. Don't you hate it when you go to send a letter only to find someone stole the post office?
- Same for "On The Road Again". The house he's in doesn't sound very pleasant.
- '"Motorpsycho Nitemare" is literally a Farmer's Daughter joke set to music:I fell down to my bended kneesSaying, "I dig farmers, don't shoot me please"He cocked his rifle and began to shout"You're that travelin' salesman that I have heard about"I said, "No ! No ! No ! I'm a doctor and it's trueI'm a clean-cut kid and I been to college too."
- "Foot of Pride", for all its Crapsack World-ness, is hysterically funny.He looked straight into the sun and said "Revenge is mine!"
...But he drinks, and drinks can be fixed.Yeah, up on the stage they'll be tryin' to get water out of rocksA whore will pass the hat, collect a hundred grand and say "thanks."They like take all this money from sin, build big universities to study in
- "Pay In Blood" has some hilariously cruel lines:You got the same eyes as your mother does
I've been through hell, what good did it do?You bastard! I'm supposed to respect you?
- "Brownsville Girl" has some brilliant one-liners:She said "Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt!"
I didn't know whether to duck or to run. So I ran.
Dylan: I dont have any regrets, they can talk about me plenty when Im gone!
Chorus girls:note Oh YEAH?!
- "Highlands" is a 16-minute rumination on mortality, morality and failure... in the middle of which, Dylan pops into a diner and gets into a bizarre argument with the waitress, who thinks he's a famous painter and refuses to let him go until he draws her. The section ends with Dylan running out without paying and returning to his Serious Philosophizing.Then she says, I know youre an artist, draw a picture of me!
I say, I would if I could, but I dont do sketches from memory.
Well, she says, Im right here in front of you, or havent you looked?
I say, All right, I know, but I dont have my drawing book!
She gives me a napkin, she says, You can do it on that
I say, Yes I could, but I dont know where my pencil is at.
She pulls one out from behind her ear
She says, All right now, go ahead, draw me, Im standing right here.
I make a few lines and I show it for her to see
Well, she takes the napkin and throws it back and says, That dont look a thing like me!
I said, Oh, kind Miss, it most certainly does.
She says, You must be jokin. I say, I wish I was!
- From a 1980 concert:I want to say hello to Greil Marcus, if he's here tonight. I think he's here tonight. Greil Marcus is one of the...I guess he's the top rock n roll critic of the era. Whatever that means.
- "Tombstone Blues"The sun's not yellow - it's chicken!
- "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream". All of it, basically. Dylan tries to discover America, only to find it already occupied by Americans, escapes from jail, keeps losing his clothes, gets mistaken for The Beatles...I ran right through the front door like a hobo sailor does
But it was just a funeral parlor and a man asked who I was
I repeated that my friends were all in jail, with a sigh
He gave me his card and said "Call me if they die!"
I decided to flip a coin, like, either heads or tails
Would let me know if I should back to ship or back to jail
So I hocked my sailor's suit and I got a coin to flip
It came up tails, that rhymes with ... sails, so I made it back to ship
- "I Shall Be Free", particularly the last line.I make love to Elizabeth Taylor
Catch hell from Richard Burton
- In Scorsese's Rolling Thunder Revue, the 78-year-old Dylan trying to explain what the tour was about. And clearly pulling the audience's leg more than once.Dylan: I wouldn't say it was a, uh, traditional revue, but it was in the, uh, traditional... um... form of, uh, of a revue. (Beat, laughs) That's all clumsy bullshit. I'm trying to get to the... To the core of what this Rolling Thunder thing is all about, and I don't have a clue, because it's not... It's about nothing. It's just something that happened 40 years ago. And that's the truth of it. I don't remember a thing about Rolling Thunder. I mean, it happened so long ago I wasn't even born, you know?
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