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Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower lyrics

"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.



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    The meaning of this song means that no one is paying attention. Bob dylan is the joker and the thief is god who takes us away from planet earth, the businessmen and plowmen are representations of the people who produce his songs and the rest of the people who listen to his music are clueless to his message and no not of it's worth and just confusion to the point were he feels it's pointless and feels as if life is but a joke because no one understands, the watch tower is the place where all who try and see what is happening in this crazy world and make sense out of it and life comes and goes and life passes and continues on and in the distance trouble will come again and again as time goes on and the two riders approaching are the riders of truth and in the truth can bring fear and the wind began to howl. If you try and look up the lyrics to this song you will find everyone has screwed up the words, again no one is paying attention.
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    Probably Bob Dylan's most prophetic song and fully exalted by Jimi Hendrix

    "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.

    It is a conversation with the devil and Jesus. the devil is the joker and Jesus is the thief

    Mark chapter thirteen -watch i shall come as a thief in the night refers to Jesus as the thief
    The Joker has been a reference to the devil from the time of the first deck of cards

    The devil is complaining that he has a bad deal (must be some kind of way out)
    all the confusion (chaos) brings no relief (satisfaction)
    business men (elite power structure) and plowmen (non elites) use and enjoy the material rewards of the world.
    none along the line...the generational line since Noah (humans) have not appreciated it as much as the old devil had hoped

    "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".

    No reason to get excited Jesus says kindly to the devil
    many people everywhere have no clue (think everything is a joke)
    But Jesus tells the devil, we have been through this and this is not our fate (deal) now destiny
    (The Devil already tried to make a deal with Jesus when he tried to tempt him on the mount and was rejected by Jesus)
    So stop all the lies (talking falsely) and whining because the time is limited (hour is getting late) is Jesus telling the devil you already sealed your fate.
    the next lines refer to his (God's) princes keeping a watch for his return to take back the earth

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

    The Princes are God's Chosen watchers to watch and wait for Christ's return
    The Women and the barefoot servants go about their daily business the barefoot servant represents a humbling is due to a prideful nation and the women are protected by the princes who keep a vigil in their watchtower.

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

    Refers to the book of Revelations and the coming of the great battle against the antichrist.
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    The joker is implying that the world is too confusing to be anything other than a joke, too opposite that it's borderline madness. "Businessmen they drink my wine plowmen dig my earth" meaning everything is stolen from the mighty businessman's wine to the lowly plowman's earth but nobody cares about anything other than simply living, no one cares to even treat the stolen world with respect. The irony is he is talking to the thief which by definition steals, but he properly understands the way of things, a thief sees through the facade. He tells the joker not to waste time in despair that "the hour is getting late. The watchtower is a high up place where you can see the world as it really is. All the "princes" keep up appearances or "the view" but the women and servants are the ones who keep things running. As for the last line whenever Bob Dylan goes off theme you can just say he's "adding imagery".
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    First paragraph. The Joker is every man. We all spend our lives with an internal struggle, each different (Plowman and businessman represent grounded and abstract feelings)
    Second paragraph. The thief is time, and he tells the Joker death is near.
    Third paragraph. Earthly pleasures.
    Fourth paragraph. Danger/death are always getting closer as time passes.
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    Exercise truth and judgement in the gate and let no man imagine evil against his neighbor. And love no false oath... I will watch from my tower to see what i will say when i am reproved. The stone in the wall will cry out and the beam of the timber will answer it... Rev 21:13, One answers. East north south west... ONE Philadelphia. Time will tell the mystery of God in the history of Jesus' bloodline of the endtimes deadline. Headlines: "He IS." Rev 10:5... and it was so. In amen. First and last second.
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