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 Post subject: Ragman's Ball
PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 16:04 GMT 

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Anyone ever make the connection between the "Ragman's Ball" and Dylan's work? I was listening to this song today, and couldn't help but make the connection to "Million Dollar Bash", and "Stuck Inside of Mobile".

The "ragman" making an appearance at the beginning of "Stuck Inside of Mobile".

There is the 'punching of cigarettes', and the 'smoking of eyelids', and the 'black eyes in great demand' in "Ragman's Ball".

"Million Dollar Bash" makes shares plot, and lyrical devices. Many of the lines are executed with the same tone, and subject. Here are some examples:

Ragman's Ball: "Now listen here, Grace if you want your face, you'd better not shout or bawl"

MDB: "Come now, sweet cream, don’t forget to flash"
MDB: "Well, I looked at my watch; I looked at my wrist; punched myself in the face with my fist"

MDB: "Then along came Jones; Emptied the trash"
RB: "When up jumps oul' John Lavin and sings"

MDB: "Well, I took my counselor out to the barn"
RB: "And to show respect for the management"

Reading through the lyrics to "Ragman's Ball" I can see a lot more parallels to other Dylan songs. Although they are more of a stretch.

(Ragman's Ball)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K7xR_sebnQ

Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Ragman's Ball
PostPosted: Fri December 15th, 2017, 20:53 GMT 

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The lyrics definitely have that surreal aspect to them, I can see how Bob could have been influenced by it. He's so steeped in old folk songs it's hard to know for sure!

Thanks for the link, as well; I've been getting into the Dubliners lately but I haven't heard 'Ragman's Ball' before.


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