"Three Marlenas" as written by and Jakob Dylan....
Alone tonight in somebody's bed
She gone and dyed her hair red
She only went and did what she did
'Cause he would drive her home then
There's lipstick on her new dress
She hadn't even paid yet
But it doesn't matter where the money went
It wasn't how she paid her rent

One, two, three Marlenas
There's got to be someone we can trust
Out here among us

Now lookin' out across the city lights
She thought they'd be a good pair
Now he could make a living sellin' cars
Maybe she could work there
She's gonna pick a star in the night
And pray to make it all right
She tried so hard not to pick a kite
She always prayed to heaven lights

One, two, three Marlenas
There's got to be someone we can trust
Out here among us
One, two, three Marlenas
It's see no, speak no, hear no evil about us
The three Marlenas

Man, I think I'm gonna buy myself a Rolls
Maybe a Chevrolet
One where I can pull that top down
Just let my radio play
Now I'm headin' out on that highway
I'm goin' right out of state
Now I ain't lookin' back until I'm gone
Right through heaven's gates

One, two, three Marlenas
There's got to be someone we can trust
Out here among us
One, two, three Marlenas
Ya see no, speak no, hear no evil among us
The three Marlenas
Three Marlenas
Three Marlenas


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"Three Marlenas" as written by Jakob Dylan

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    General CommentI think Jacob telling the story of the discomfort of one not being true to themselves.
    Rayne Morrison January 30, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"Man, I think I'm gonna buy myself a Rolls
    Maybe a Chevrolet
    One where I can pull that top down
    Just let my radio play
    Now I'm headin' out on that highway
    I'm goin' right out of state
    Now I ain't lookin' back until I'm gone
    Right through heaven's gates"

    Reminds me of the end of James Dean's life. "Riding through Heaven's gates is when he's dead." Its just reminiscent of that.
    Tito4687on March 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commentk im gonna feel like an idiot,but wats a marlena? heh
    chickee1187on May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'ved loved this song since it first came out, but I'm still not sure what it's about. I have no idea what "Marlena" could mean besides a name, or why there would be three of them. My brother once said that this song is about a prostitute, but I'm not sure if I agree.
    elixir808on December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song seems to be about being alone in a city, similar to 6th Avenue Heartache or One Headlight. And wanting to bust out of there, like in the third verse. It would help if I knew what the chorus meant though. I don't know what a Marlena is, although it's a Spanish name so it might be a Spanish word and I no hable espanol.
    stoolhardyon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAfter verifying that Marlena is not a Spanish word other than a name, and having thought about it abit in the meantime, I have a theory. The "Three Marlenas" are the Marlena (the girl who is the subject of the song) in each of the three verses. In verse one, she is someone who feels lost and tries to find right man to make her feel grounded. In the second verse, she is someone who is trying to make a living and find her role in the world, to make her feel that her life has purpose. In the third verse, she is fantasizing about living somewhere else and being successful, about a life different from the one she is now living. So the song describes someone who feels lost and imagines herself as possibly three different people, three different ways to feel whole in the lonely world. Does this sound plausible?
    stoolhardyon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with stoolhardy. This song seems to be about a girl named Marlena, who is imagining herself as three different people. Each verse she is dreaming/thinking about herself in a different situation in life. The three Marlenas are the three different people she is imagining herself to be. Great song.
    vinceg84on September 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVOLANTSOLO! I've thought about this SO much, too!!! There are other similarities between Blood on the Tracks and Bringing Down the Horse. Like in "God Don't Make Lonely Girls" he talks about the peep show and in Tangled Up in Blue, Bob's in a topless place when he sees the girl (presumable Sara) again...
    Man, oh, man... anybody else notice these things?
    HibbingismyHolyLandon October 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWe all have different sides to our personality, and in different company, and at different points in our lives, we let one side show more than others. The song's about one girl named Marlena, and it's showing her at different points in her life, when she's a different person each time than who she was before.
    drego5on December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbtw, it's "She always prayed to headlights"
    drego5on December 17, 2006   Link

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