Bob Dylan: Isis Meaning
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But I could not hold on to her very long
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong.
I came to a high place of darkness and light
The dividing line...
The song tells the story of a man who left his bride behind to go off on an adventure. The adventure turns out badly, and the man realizes what a fool he was to leave the woman he loves behind. He returns to her, pledging to stay forever.
Dylan wrote this song shortly after splitting up with his wife Sara (a much more straightforward song about her, "Sara," appears at the end of the "Desire" album, the same one "Isis" appears on). It seems probable to me that this song is Bob Dylan's way of apologizing to Sara, of saying "I neglected you and abandoned you while pursuing my music, by following my own dreams and interests. I ignored ou while I was out trying to find myself. I see now that I was a fool to do that, and I want to come back to you... if you still want me."
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