"Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Everybody's building
The big ships and the boats
Some are building monuments
Others are jotting down notes

Everybody's in despair
Every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Everybody jump for joy

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

Now I like to dude, just like the rest
I left my sugar sweet
But darning fumes and making haste
It ain't my cup of meat

Everybody's just standin' around 'neath the trees
Feeding pigeons on a limb
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Then pigeons will go to him

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

[Incomprehensible]
I can recite 'em all
Just tell me where it hurts
And I'll tell you who to call

Nobody can get in his sleep
There's someone on everybody's toes
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here
Everybody's gonna 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


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"Quinn the Eskimo" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commenti've heard that Dylan was at an acid party when Anthony Quinn complained about the noise. Quinn had just played a mighty Eskimo on a not so good movie and Dylan wrote this song to insult him. the other meanings may be right but i beleive it started with this.
    Nickerson October 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definately NOT about Jesus, even though many seem to think so!

    markrobion May 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does this song mean? Anyone know?
    gregoeon May 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjesus
    willardon November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBob's voice is insanely cool in this song... And the Band is awesome.
    ihadmeavisionon November 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive heard its about a group of people awaiting the arrival of an acid supplier. Also, it could relate to simply waiting for someone bringing help, such as more basic medical attention.
    floatinginblimpaloton December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, like i said already its about jesus
    willardon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the 'Biograph' notes, Bob says it's a nursery rhyme! If it is 'about jesus', it's the funniest description of the rapture ever written.
    elephant_rangeon February 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst part "Ev'rybody's in despair" until a savior comes. Savior could be a messiah or a drug dealer. 2nd part, "All the pigeons gonna run to him" implies all the fools will be drawn to Quinn, which still could mean Jesus or a drug dealer. The 3rd part throws in a bunch of drug references "tell me where it hurts yuh, honey, And I'll tell you who to call" which implies a Dr. Feelgood solution. Also "Nobody can get no sleep" maybe because they're high on coke or speed. I though for sure this song was about acid when I first heard it because "Ev'rybody's gonna wanna doze." I thought it was dose (slang for LCD) and not doze. This may be giving Bob too much credit, but the song does draw a humorous parallel between religious saviors and pushers.
    rdaggeron March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBob lived on the streets for a while! must ave been cold..maybe he had more respect for eskimos afterwards. i might be way of line aswell.
    Detectiveon March 24, 2005   Link

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