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 Post subject: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2006, 17:46 GMT 

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So the protagonist of the song is 20 miles out of town and cold irons bound.

Is the law looking for him?

And is leaving town, coming into town, hanging out on the outside of town? Thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2006, 21:46 GMT 

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I think it's about sex. But then, I think everything's about sex so I might not be the best person to ask...

'twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound..' surely it's a metaphor for sexual frustration? He wants her, but she ain't puttin out... he's being held at arms length

'one look at you and i'm out of control, like the universe has swallowed me whole'

'its you and you only I'm thinking about...'

'looking at you and i'm on my bended knee, you've no idea what you do to me..' (if you've got M&A watch him singing the full version on the extras, see the look he gives on this line and tell me I'm wrong, I dare you)

It's Bobby saying - in the growly sexy way only he can - 'come on baby, I'm soooo ready......'

Come to think of it, 'Can't Wait' has much the same feel and I always think these two should play back to back, instead of being seperated by 'Make you Feel my Love' (which I love, but is more sweetly romantic than hot - maybe he thought we all needed cooling down a bit in between, hey, maybe it's like foreplay.... I should probably quit while i'm ahead here......)

:shock:

ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the contents of my mind........


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2006, 22:45 GMT 
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Is the law looking for him?

Sounds to me like the law already got him and they're taking him away to the state pen.

He probably should have stopped harrassing that poor lady when she took out the restraining order against him.


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PostPosted: Mon May 8th, 2006, 22:50 GMT 

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oh nut it works on so many levels :lol:


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Conjures up images of Cool Hand Luke, in leg irons, swinging a scythe in the weeds along the highway. "Twenty miles out of town in cold irons bound" would be a pretty frustrating, no-win situation to be in, no matter how you look at it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 9th, 2006, 10:48 GMT 
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id go with what someraven said!


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Tue May 12th, 2015, 18:48 GMT 
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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Tue May 12th, 2015, 22:02 GMT 

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Time to bring this one back to the fold in a live setting Bobby. Replace it for Love Sick and end the 1st set with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 07:30 GMT 
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Quick question about the title of this song: Is "Cold Irons Bound" some kind of expression in English? If so, what does it mean? Or did Bob just make it up? (Sorry, English isn't my first language...)


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 12:24 GMT 
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depp91 wrote:
Quick question about the title of this song: Is "Cold Irons Bound" some kind of expression in English? If so, what does it mean? Or did Bob just make it up? (Sorry, English isn't my first language...)


It's not an expression in English, and consequentially its exact meaning is a little obscure. Some thoughts on how it can be interpreted can be found here: http://expectingrain.com/discussions/vi ... =6&t=27862


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 12:32 GMT 
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MrJudasPriest wrote:
Time to bring this one back to the fold in a live setting Bobby. Replace it for Love Sick and end the 1st set with it.


I'm twenty metres from my Greyhound
Cold beers bound


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 Post subject: Re: Cold Irons Bound
PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 14:03 GMT 
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As a title it could mean bound for the cold irons, but in the song as sung it's less ambiguously "in cold irons bound". Dylan favours changing the typical word order of a phrase for effect, and this is a nice bit of anastrophe.
I watched Masked & Anonymous recently, and that's a top version.


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