Sunday, February 1, 2015

Confidential

Don't tell anyone
How much he's in love with you.
It's confidential.

This is a 1956 hit single by Sonny Knight, one that Bob Dylan and the Band recorded during their Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The original song uses call and response, as you can see from the first verse:

Confidential as a church at twilight (confidential) Sentimental as a rose in the moonlight (I love you) My love for you will always be (confidential) Confidential to me (ooh ooh ooh ooh)

I parsed this song thus:

Describe ways in which his love for you is confidential:
1. Like a church at twilight (assuming there's nobody there around that time)
2. Sentimental as a rose in the moonlight (what could be more so?)
3. A mother's prayer (For relief from her nagging children, no doubt)
4. A baby's cry (Something that's not normally confidential)
5. A lover's sigh (Nearly always confidential)

Why is it confidential:
1. It's too beautiful for other hearts to share. (As it should be)
2. It's our secret.
3. There's no need for prying eyes.



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