"The Mighty Quinn" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn

Everybody's building ships and boats
Some are building monuments
Others jotting down notes
Everybody's in despair
Every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Everybody's gonna jump for joy

Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn

I like to go just like the west, I like my sugar sweet
But jumping queues and making haste
Just ain't my cup of meat
Everyone's beneath the trees feeding pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
All the pigeons gonna run to him

Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn

Let me do what I wanna do, I can't decide at all
Just tell me where to put it
And I'll tell you who to call
Nobody can get no sleep, there's someone on everyone's toes
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Everybody's gonna want to doze

Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn
Come all without, come all within
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn


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"The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +3
    My InterpretationYES and NO. The name "Mighty Quinn" was the name of a dealers "car" of a mixed cocaine. and that was named after the Anthony Quinn movie reference. There was CLEARLY no religious reference and that is just Xtians wanting to "find jesus" in everything. How ignorant and "how christian of you"! (That is NEVER a compliment from me!) It is about how good you'll feel when you buy this guys coke! People are always ignorant about the drug culture of NYC and the terms used. Look for your musical religious referencing in songs from your hymnals only! You'll find VERY FEW ever in pop culture music. Also the "come on without, come all within" and "jumpin queues is saying if you are without coke come to the clubs, and the Queues are the lines outside the clubs to get in! Also "building ship and boats" was about mixing your drugs and buying drugs from more than one dealer, ships refered to a dealers shipment and boats were the black plastic bags the coke was in to get it into the clubs. So building ships and boats was getting your stock ready each day for the nights business in the clubs "tea rooms"!
    Thanks, Scotty
    scottyboydon June 19, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about anything you want it to be. If you have your own personal interperation of it that makes you feel good, then keep it close to you. I know this sounds cliche and can be said of any work of art, but for this song, I feel it really to be true. This is truley Dylan at his best playing around and just having fun.
    jdraminskion November 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI had always understood this to be about a coke dealer (the eskimo selling sno) to bring the people out of their blues and get them partying. That's me and my friends looking back to the 60s from the 80s when cocaine was more prevalent. Ah well. Nice to see other takes.
    jayintheukon January 16, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow... It's a good song, but i'm saddened by this lyric submittal. It's barely in english, to be honest. On another note, does anyone know what the song means?
    gregoeon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst of all, those "lyrics" are terrible
    2nd, this song was actually written by bob dylan, but manfred mann was the first to sing it.
    i don't know for sure, but it's said that Dylan wrote this after seeing Anthony Quinn in the role of an Eskimo in a movie called "The Savage Innocents"
    Verison June 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI knew the song was originally by Bob Dylan, about Anthony Quinn in "The Savage Innocents." But everytime I hear this song I think about my best friend, Robert Quinn and all drunken Irish family. This will always be his and his family's song - those damn Quinns!
    bkat004on March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo please the first couple of posts the lyrics have been corrected :)
    K-nuxXxon February 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song. I prefer the Hollies take on it.
    reflect4everon March 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDylan is waaaaaaaay overrated.
    Tricky1979on December 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the movie The Savage Innocents where Anthony Quinn played an Eskimo.
    seeingon March 01, 2015   Link

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