Bob Dylan: Senor Meaning
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Lincoln County Road or Armageddon ?
Seems like I been down this way before
Is there any truth in that, Señor?
Señor, Señor, do you know where she is hidin' ?
How long are we gonna be...
anonymous Mar 10th, 3:27pm report
It's about being in the throws of addiction.
Searching for the next fix.
The exhilaration of a score being the band playing, while the next day after one comes down it's a vacant lot.
The wind on the upperdeck having to do with the mental turmoil associated with the thought of realizing one is an addict.
The woman would be the drug, the ironcross the withdrawal.
The stripped and kneeling being those fighting to no longer be in the throws of addiction while their peers are stuck on the train (mainline).
Tossing the tables and cutting the cables finally being free of the collectors, or the dealers.
((Well, the last thing I remember before they stripped and kneeled
Was a trainload of fools born down in a magnetic field
A gypsy with a broken flag and a flashing ring
He said, Son, this ain't no dream no more it's the real thing.))
"" before the prisoners strip and kneel, I saw the train full of the articles of war, it reminded me of a bunch of ancient idiots traveling through time(of the future).
and the shrewd man, he was sarcastic and vagabond as usual, his looks said that patriotism was nonsense but delusion was possible.
and he said: what you see is no more a fear no it already IS ""
((Senor, senor, you know their hearts is as hard as leather
Well, give me a minute, let me get it together
I just gotta pick myself up off the floor
I'm ready when you are, senor.))
"" senior!, as you know these lords have stone dead hearts, let me recall my info for a while!,
no use we all fall in these atrocious circumstances, let us run!""
((Senor, senor, let's overturn these tables
Disconnect these cables
This place don't make sense to me no more
Can you tell me what we're waiting for, senor ?))
"" senior!, no use!, we must destroy the place and its communicators, they are all corrupted, the world makes no sense any more, rotten and cruel, no true pleasure any more, I wonder how come we still persist on being""
too damn dark, is it?!
or isn't it?!
anonymous Mar 18th, 2014 3:52pm report
Why do people always tend to privatize what is public or narrow what is meant to be general.
The whole song is a broad or general view over the status qua of human life, not stuck on a defined point in place-a country- or in time - a century- the whole tale is a group of wide range metaphors.
((senor, senor, can you tell me where we're headin ?
lincoln county road or armageddon ?))
""you respected man can you tell me are we just living our lives in peace walking down our ancestors' rural- peaceful naive and full of simple hopes- road or is it the road to a great big catastrophe of hatred, violence, counter violence, and tales of false supremacy that we are heading for? ""
((seems like I been down this way before
is there any truth in that, senor ?))
"" I remember I have received such a feeling before alarm, fear, hate, defense, a close big catastrophe of evil, it seems familiar some how. ""
((senor, senor, do you know where she is hidin' ?
how long are we gonna be riding ?
how long must I keep my eyes glued to the door ?
will there be any comfort there senor ?))
"" how long will I keep waiting for hope or freedom or maybe the woman of my life, in brief : my home; you know! there is no comfort at all in such waiting!""
(( there's a wicked wind still blowing on that upper deck ))
"" does that stinking smell of human small sick deeds still rising up high for the sky to see?"
((there's an iron cross still hanging down from around her neck))
""is the statue of human freedom still clanging its heavy burden(chain)?""
((there's a marcing band still playing in their vacant lot))
"" is this military music still playing in the empty fate or in the deserted wide empty land?/ is the marching band that I once saw or is sgt. P. Still howling their instruments in vain down their place?""
((where she held me in her arms one time and said, forget me not!))
"" that place where this woman/ this idea once asked me to never forget her.""
((senor, senor, I can see that painted wagon
smell the tail of the dragon
can't stand the suspense anymore
can you tell me who to contact here, senor ?))
"" senior, I already see the vehicles of destruction, smell the wickedness of war, a clowny but cruel and heavy war,
is it for real, this is suspense ( humphrey bogart is still cracking his voice), tell me if there's some one who has answers!""
to be continued.
anonymous Mar 17th, 2014 3:02am report
I would say it's a song of revenge. To get back to that girl that the men with leatherhearts took.. when stripped and kneeled. That's how I see it.
But offcourse you can see bigger pictures in the song too.
anonymous Feb 21st, 2013 2:51pm report
In addition to the euthanasia story:
listen to Willie Nelson on 'I'm not there'
anonymous Feb 21st, 2013 2:44pm report
What a load of bullshit.
Think when people reach his age and have looked back at all the nonsense that happened during their life they might think about this....
Being able to command to disconnect the cables?
Hope I'm able to....
anonymous Dec 8th, 2012 12:57pm report
Another tidbit or nugget to add to the discussion of the interpretation of this song. I was reading up about the plot of the movie, "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid", and discovered that there is a reference to the "Lincoln County Jail" (the jail in which Alias (played by Bob Dylan) had witnessed Billy the Kid escape from.
I wonder if the line about Lincoln County Road (in this song) has anything to do with that. Not that it would make any sense that he would be looking back at that time in his life necessarily (since that would have been about 5 years prior to Street-Legal)...
But who knows, right?
anonymous Oct 18th, 2012 10:10pm report
Mason Kuldinow says: I think the song is a man talking to the man inside (the man in me) who he refers to as Senor. He's fighting addiction. There are famous examples of men taking to the utmost resolve of the man inside--most notably Jesus--overturn these tables, and disconnect these cables.
anonymous Sep 7th, 2012 9:23pm report
I always thought this song was about death. "Senor" being a physical embodiment of death. The singer may have escaped death at another time hence "seems I've been down this way before" but lost his love and is hoping to see her in the afterlife now, If only he is heading to the same place (heaven/hell) as her. hence: "can you tell me where we're headin ?.....Will there be any comfort there Señor?". This is where the humility comes into play (which I believe is what makes this song so powerful, the singers humility and submission)
as the song progresses the singer becomes anxious for answers about his fate, hence: "Can't stand the suspense anymore
Can you tell me who to contact here, Señor?"
by the second to last verse the singer accepts that he is heading to hell and is ready to be judged, hence: "Well, give me a minute, let me get it together
I just gotta pick myself up off the floor
I'm ready when you are, Señor."
and in the last verse the singer grows impatient wondering when he will be dealt his punishment: "This place don’t make sense to me no more
Can you tell me what we’re waiting for, Señor?" not realizing that THIS is his hell.
Well at least that's how I interpret it and iI am going to stick with my version. Lol
Like many Dylan songs from this era, I believe that the political and geographical content just serves as a backdrop to tell the story, which consists of basic human emotions and situations. Many people mistake Dylan's songs as political when in actuality , time and time again, he is trying to prove that all the political nonsense is meaningless in the shadow of the most important basic human experiences.
anonymous Jan 27th, 2012 1:03pm report
I keep picturing human smuggling into US from Mexico
anonymous Aug 4th, 2011 8:26pm report
This is what I think about the song:
The track came out just before Dylan embraced Jesus as his saviour, and is actually an internal conversation, where Dylan contemplates about aspects of his life with God (senor is the lord in Spanish).
"can you tell me where we heading? ... is there truth in any of that senor?"
Refers to the political scene, that's why he says "seems I've been down this way before" and "is there truth in any of that senor?"
"can you tell me where she's hiding ... comfort there"
Refers to finding true love, that's why he says "how long should I keep my eyes glued to the door (waiting for her)" and "will there be any comfort there senor".
In this verse Dylan rethinks about his life "smeled the tale of the dragon (drugs)" and asks for someone to help him get in touch with God ("Can you tell me who to contact here senor").
"before I stripped and kneeled" i.e. before accepting salvation
"trainload of fools bogged down in a magnetic field" refers to the people being elured by the system to lead their lives towards wrong directions
"you know their hearts .. i'm ready when you are" refers to how all people don't open their hearts
"disconnect these cables" "overturn these tables" and "this place don't make sense to me no more"
it is the moment of change, where Dylan starts his spiritual journey with God
anonymous May 9th, 2011 5:18am report
The words become relevant today and the meaning seems clearer. "can you tell me where we're heading?. "...the lies continuously fed to the people by politicians is questioned.
Lincoln County road or Armageddon refers to the potential of freedom politically or the inevitable final hour where the earth is destroyed by human greed ( politicians).
Train load of fools bogged down by magnetic fields refers to a population continuously lured and fooled by the magnetic charms of willy politicians that make promises of the promised land yet deliver nothing but lies and destruction.
anonymous Feb 14th, 2011 2:39am report
I think the "train load of fools born down in a magnetic field" has some meaning related to atomic bomb development or testing. Armageddon might be another clue to that, and the 'stripped and kneeled' part might have to do with testing part of the bomb-weren't there some live test subjects supposedly in there somewhere?
Just a guess; it is a tough nut to crack.
this song is a tough nut to crack . i find myself just listening to it for pure enjoyment of the phrasing of words . the opening verse blows me away senor ,senor can you tell me where were heading, lincoln county road or armaggedon. i also like the way he makes a word his own. take the way he sings suspence, susssss pence any more. he does that in other songs also which makes him unique (see changing of the guard, ) every time you get a bootleg he sings the same songs differantly from one night to the next. that;s what dylan dylan
jiminikrikitz Apr 1st, 2009 4:44pm report
I don't have a full interpretation of this song, but I do have some ideas about where this song is 'heading' or the picture that it's supposed to be painting.
The song is actually 'Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)'. You sense that the people in the song are on the road during a period of war or unrest.
There are rural elements of the tune, which include wagons, train spike's, etc.
The line that I find most fascinating is the verse...
'Well the last thing I remember before they stripped and kneeled was a train load of fools born down in a magnetic field.'
I believe that when he states 'stripped and kneeled', he is talking about people that were held up at gunpoint, and were forced to strip themselves of their clothes and kneel down before being killed.
While there is no clear meaning of this song, I sense that the singer is in the role of a murderer, perhaps among many, and not the leader of his 'gang of killers.' He is singing to the leader, the senor, who has gone overboard in his violence, and the singer is now wishes to get done with whatever task they have embarked on, desiring to 'turn over these tables, disconnect these cables.' He wishes to complete the dastardly task at hand, the burglary, the cover up, or whatever the plan was from the beginning, which has clearly gone haywire from it's original intention.
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