Ev'rybody's building the big ships and the boats,
Some are building monuments,
Others, jotting down notes,
Ev'rybody's in despair,
Ev'ry girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here,
Ev'rybody's gonna jump for joy.
Come all without, come all within,
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.

I like to do just like the rest, I like my sugar sweet,
But jumping queues and making haste,
It ain't my cup of meat.
Ev'rybody's 'neath 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.

A cat's meow and a cow's moo, I can recite 'em all,
Just tell me where it hurts yuh, honey,
And I'll tell you who to call.
Nobody can get no sleep,
There's someone on ev'ryone's toes
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here,
Ev'rybody's gonna wanna doze.
Come all without, come all within,
You'll not see nothing like the mighty Quinn.


Lyrics submitted by dsfire, edited by Mellow_Harsher, slywlf

Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn) song meanings
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  • +1
    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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