Bob Dylan: Visions Of Johanna Meaning
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Visions Of Johanna Lyrics
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, tempting you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite...
anonymous Aug 13th, 2017 8:24am report
I always thought that this was a song about bob being with a woman named louses and was remembering a beater lover named johanna.
yoopertrout Mar 17th, 2012 3:27pm report
I always interpreted this more simply as someone who couldn't get to sleep, is realizing/admitting that his lover is only a substitute for the one he really loves, is feeling very alone, and realizing that we are all really alone in the world.
1. Insomnia, and the thoughts it brings - "Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're trying to be so quiet."
2. Aloneness - "We sit here stranded, though we're all doing our best to deny it."
3. Substitute who is decent and fragile, but isn't the right one - "Louise she's all right she's just near, she's delicate and seems like veneer. She just makes it all too concise and too clear that Johanna's not here."
4. I wonder if the narrator is feeling that he is just using Louise as a substitute, and feeling guilty about it - "Name me someone who's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him."
5. Maybe "Everything's been returned that was owed" is a reference to trying to atone.
Just my two cents.
just a stab at figuring out what is being said in
"Visions of Johanna"
And Madonna she still hasn't showed
Jesus hasn't showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
the empty cage stands for a place where jesus is not yet but where he must eventually be.
"cage now corrode" implies that he now occupies that place. I.E. he has returned
which is exactly what the fiddler means
when he writes.
"everything's been returned which was owed"
The fiddler in my view does not write this explicitly...rather he writes something which infers that jesus has has returned.
(It turns out that the fiddler wrote various nicknames for Jesus on a door
of a building where an auto shop was
and a fish market later moved into
in fairfield nj, circa 1994....showing that dylan
describes actual events years before they occur....but I digress)
like working a cross word puzzle
I find it helps to interpret dylan when I start with something from the song that I'm
confident about in terms of its meaning.....
for that reason I'll start with...
"The fiddler now steps to the road
he writes 'everything's been returned which was owed' on the back of the fish truck that loads...."
speaks of Jesus being returned!
I'll submit more but here is the rock from which to build on so to speak.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
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