Monday, August 17, 2015

Something's Burning, Baby

I suspect we're through.
Having said that, I'm still here
If you should want me.

"Something's Burning Baby" comes from the 1985 album "Empire Burlesque," the one where producer Arthur Baker tried to make the 44-year-old Bob Dylan sound like someone half his age by giving him contemporary production and arrangements. It didn't work for most people, and this is one of those songs that slipped out of view shortly after it appeared. It's not bad.

What's burning:
- Something's burning, could it be that that is smoke in her hair? Is she still his friend? Or is the love she has for him turning blind?
- He's looking for her missing file. He wants to know what's going on with her. Why is the love light no longer in her eyes?
- Is he no longer part of her plan? What happened? Something clearly has changed.
- He thinks another guy is on her mind.
- This stage of their relationship: charity is supposed to cover up sins. But where is she? And why does she just stare into the distance?
- She can't live by bread alone or roll back the stone from the tomb all by herself.
- She shouldn't just fade away without comment.
- She's giving him the Mexico City blues.
- When she's ready to reconsider, if she's ready to reconsider, she should call him. "I believe in the impossible, you know that I do."

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