Monday, May 11, 2015

Don't Ya Tell Henry

Cows, chickens, me and
You say it: "Don't tell Henry --
Apple's got your fly."

Your guess on what "Apple's got your fly" means is as good as mine. I tried to focus on the message and who's delivering it.

Verse 1: Bob goes to the river to "see who's born," which, I'm assuming, means people who've just been baptized and born again. The chicken tells him the cryptic message about what not to share with Henry.

Verse 2: Bob goes to the corner to look around. He says it's 10:30, but then refuses to stand by his estimate of the time. He runs into the woman he loves, who shares with him the cryptic message about what not to share with Henry.

Verse 3: Bob goes to the beanery at 12:30 to look around and see himself. He is distracted by a horse and a donkey, and then looks for a cow. He finds several, all of whom share with him the cryptic message about what not to share with Henry. 

Verse 4: Bob goes to the pumphouse one night, again, just to look around. He looks for a tree, then goes upstairs and sees himself, and receives the cryptic message about what not to share with Henry.

Henry makes no appearance in the song. You can find the song without much looking, however. It shows up on the 1975 album "The Basement Tapes," and on volume 11 of the Bootleg Series. Levon Helm of the Band sings.



No comments:

Post a Comment