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The Mighty Quinn Lyrics

Ev'rybody's building the big ships and the boats,
Some are building monuments,
Others, jotting down notes,
Ev'rybody's in despair,
Ev'ry girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here,
Ev'rybody's jump for joy.
Come all without, come all...


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    Sep 10th, 2012 9:55pm report

    I always thought this song was about herion. It could be about a heroin dealer, it's definitely not about cocaine. I never cared much for suggested or implied meanings, I prefer straght forward. When You listen to Lou Reed's song heroin, between the lyrics and the title there's not much you have to guess at.


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    Aug 24th, 2012 8:53pm report

    I think Bob Dylan wrote this song about my brother Tommy because he was such a great person that everyone loved.
    This song is not about about a drug dealer but about someone that everybody was always exited to see and loved to be with.
    We always jumped for joy when Tommy came home. This song came out not long after our brother was murdered in 1968.
    This song meant a lot to our family after losing the best big brother that we all had.
    From the heart of the USA, Kansas.


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    Jul 14th, 2012 7:15am report

    In my interpretation, this song is about a metaphorical savior. It could be loosely affiliated with drugs. When he says everyone's building big ships and boats and monuments, it sounds like it could relate to the Vietnam War. It may also be connected to the hectic-like society the '60s came to be. Everyone was looking for a savior, but none ever came.


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    Apr 12th, 2012 4:48pm report

    Its absolutely one of the first drug songs-many people have referenced the facts in the other feedback here. No artist came right out and admitted to what their drug songs where about-John Lennon claimed Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was about a picture his son drew. Yea, right.


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    Aug 25th, 2011 8:12am report

    Bob had a friend named Quincy. I wont give his last name. He supplied bob with coke. Bob in tribute wrote this to him. The people in the song are in need of a "fix" for which Quinn has come to remedy. Its actually a heroin song though bob never dabbled.


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    Jul 13th, 2011 7:43pm report

    When jesus gets here, everybody's gonna want to doze....
    Meaning people will just be to lazy
    to accept jesus when he comes.

    Yes the song makes sense if it is about jesus


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    Jan 23rd, 2011 1:52pm report

    The Song The Mighty Quinn is a drug song. In the 60's in the US there was something called a "Power Pack" It was a capsule that had the following ingredients: Mescaline, Meth Amphetamine Hydrochloride USP 90, LSD, and STP. The STP was not what is used in cars. The Mighty Quinn is the British counterpart.


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    Apr 1st, 2010 4:17am report

    I do have the impression that this song is at least about drugs, and Quinn would then be the drug dealer,

    Everybody's in despair until Quinn the Eskimo Comes ? And after that everybody wants to relax ?

    Well that's my interpretation,


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    Sep 27th, 2007 9:55pm report

    In the 1960 movie "The Savage Innocents", Anthony Quinn played Inuk, an Eskimo. (It's on ABC television in the next day if you live in Australia - late at night.) This was shown on TV in 1967, and Bob saw it and was influenced enough by the character that a basement Tapes song resulted.


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    Aug 6th, 2007 8:57pm report

    There's a good indication that Dylan is referring to a drug dealer, but almost certainly NOT cocaine. This song was written during a time when cocaine was still relatively rare in the US (it didn't go big until the early 80s), but heroin was KING. The specific moods of people and their reactions also point to this: he says "nobody can get no sleep, there's somebody on everybody's toes." When heroin users are jonesing they feel and act just like this ---uncomfortable, restless and fidgety. But when Quinn arrives, 'everybody's gonna wanna doze." heroin is a narcotic e.g. Sleep-inducing drug. It creates a feeling of deep relaxatrion and users appear to drift off and doze, so much so that in some areas it's said they are "on the nod" because their head nods and drops as if they've fallen asleep.

    I therefore posit that Quinn is the local heroin dealer.


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    Apr 30th, 2007 4:07am report

    It is most likely not about Jesus because Dylan was a Jew when this song was written.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    Mar 17th, 2007 3:26pm report

    Watch the movie The Mighty Quinn. I read a quote from Bob Dylan that that's what he imagined the man Quinn to be. Even though his Quinn was a Eskimo.


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    Feb 12th, 2007 2:29pm report

    I'm pretty sure it's about a coke dealer. I don't think he's says doze or dose. I'm pretty sure he's says duce, which is an old slang term for cocaine. He also randomly mentions liking his sugar sweet. The fact that he's an eskimo is also pretty indicative he is talking about cocaine.


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    Nov 18th, 2006 11:35am report

    Ok first of all is not about Jesus but just because he was Jewish at the time doesn't mean it couldn't be about Jesus. Bob Dylan was constantly reading the bible before he converted to Christianity. The song is about someone who makes everyone relax and this person is a drug dealer.


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    Nov 12th, 2006 11:11am report

    This song cannot be about jesus. He was jewish at the time he wrote it.

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