Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts Meaning
Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts Lyrics
The cabaret was quiet except for the drilling in the wall
The curfew had been lifted and the gambling wheel shut down
Anyone with any sense had already left town
He was standing in...
As I read it the situation in the song is a little different than what is suggested. Big Jim and Rosemary are backstage with Lily as the Jack of Hearts burst in dressed as a monk and cocks his gun. At this point Big Jim already knows that someone is out to get him which is why he is not surprised. Rosemary also knew she was going to sacrifice herself to stop Big Jim. So they are all in on it, including the robbery. So, the brand new coat of paint could be a brand new false wall to hide the boys while they drill from the cabaret into the bank.
anonymous Mar 26th, 2013 3:41am report
a pen knife is usually referred to as a pocket knife. it has only 1 blade that folds into the handle. usually no more than 4" long
anonymous Mar 24th, 2013 3:13pm report
One thing, I have to admit, among many things which I find fascinating and rather confusing about this story which is uravelling here, has to do with the weapon used to kill Big Jim (whoever that is supposed to be).
In one place we see one of the ladies (Rosemary) seeing the reflection of herself in the KNIFE.
Later, "...the door to the dressing room burst open and a cold Revolver (or could it be a COLT Revolver?) clicked." By the way, very interesting to note that Rosemary was right beside Big Jim (supposedly) when this happened.
Then lastly, near the end of the story..."Big Jim lay covered up, killed by a 'PENKNIFE' in the back..." I don't know exactly what a "penknife" is, or how it differs from any other knife, but...you get my point...
Does anyone else have any ideas about these things, or is it just me?
this song is in the same vein as black diamond bay. it has a theme that contains many more themes/ side stories in it's main theme which is about a love affair, thank turns into a robbery, to a trial and back to the love story between 2 stars of a traveling music show. it also has a willing to be mistress just yearning to tell the jack of hearts( DYLAN?) that he can have her at his will. as he usually does dylan just goes off on little side trips in writing a song. probably just a dream he once had
anonymous Dec 8th, 2012 12:05pm report
Has anyone ever considered the possible similarities between this song, and the story (and movie) of Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid?
anonymous Sep 2nd, 2011 9:44pm report
This is a robbery taking place w/some other side bars happening along the way
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