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Bob Dylan – Farewell Angelina lyrics

Farewell Angelina
The bells of the crown
Are being stolen by bandits
I must follow the sound
The triangle tingles
And the trumpet play slow
Farewell Angelina
The sky is on fire
And I must go.

There's no need for anger
There's no need for blame
There's nothing to prove
Ev'rything's still the same
Just a table standing empty
By the edge of the sea
Farewell Angelina
The sky is trembling
And I must leave.

The jacks and queens
Have forsaked the courtyard
Fifty-two gypsies
Now file past the guards
In the space where the deuce
And the ace once ran wild
Farewell Angelina
The sky is folding
I'll see you in a while.

See the cross-eyed pirates sitting
Perched in the sun
Shooting tin cans
With a sawed-off shotgun
And the neighbors they clap
And they cheer with each blast
Farewell Angelina
The sky's changing color
And I must leave fast.

King Kong, little elves
On the rooftoops they dance
Valentino-type tangos
While the make-up man's hands
Shut the eyes of the dead
Not to embarrass anyone
Farewell Angelina
The sky is embarrassed
And I must be gone.

The machine guns are roaring
The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs
To the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like
I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina
The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet.

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    Nancy Sherburne
    For whatever reason I sing this song whenever I do dishes. I generally enjoy songs without worrying over their meaning, but yours seems very plausible. The Vietnam War was in the sixties as was Dylan's start. I won't go into a line-by-line summary but I do understand your interpretation of "the sky is erupting I must go where it's quiet" would give a very good reason for avoiding a draft.
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  • b
    The song is about a young man who is saying farewell to his girlfriend because he has been drafted and he's decided to evade the draft by fleeing to another country. The various stanzas describe the country, his relationship with his girlfriend, the government, the enemy and the support from the nearby countries, the contrast between the "winners" and "losers" in war, and, finally, the man's decision to evade the draft.
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