"Farewell Angelina" as written by and Bob Dylan....
Farewell Angelina
The bells of the crown
Are being stolen by bandits
I must follow the sound
The triangle tingles
And the trumpet play slow
Farewell Angelina
The sky is on fire
And I must go

There's no need for anger
There's no need for blame
There's nothing to prove
Everything's still the same
Just a table standing empty
By the edge of the sea
Farewell Angelina
The sky is trembling
And I must leave

The jacks and queens
Have forsaken the courtyard
Fifty-two gypsies
Now file past the guards
In the space where the deuce
And the ace once ran wild
Farewell Angelina
The sky is folding
I'll see you in a while

See the cross-eyed pirates sitting
Perched in the sun
Shooting tin cans
With a sawed-off shotgun
And the neighbors they clap
And they cheer with each blast
Farewell Angelina
The sky's changing color
And I must leave fast

King Kong, little elves
On the rooftops they dance
Valentino-type tangos
While the make-up man's hands
Shut the eyes of the dead
Not to embarrass anyone
Farewell Angelina
The sky is embarrassed
And I must be gone

The machine guns are roaring
The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs
To the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like
I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina
The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet


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"Farewell, Angelina [outtake]" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentThe pressures of the world that urge people to accomplish certain things, be a certain person, live a certain way.
    raye494on March 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the line-
    'See the cross-eyed pirates sitting
    Perched in the sun
    Shooting tin cans
    With a sawed-off shotgun
    And the neighbors they clap
    And they cheer with each blast'

    I think it perfectly shows the destructive nature of society.
    Drake11on April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    MemoryIsn't this something most of us went through? Our childhood was being taken from us. During the transition to adulthood, everything seemed confused with the noise of war and the idiotic behavior in the world you were about to enter. Didn't you ever want a quiet place to try to figure all this out? I did.
    steveclarkuson July 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are pretty off.
    And they're missing the stanza about the camouflaged parrot who flutters from fear when something he doesn't know about suddenly appears.

    "What cannot be imitated perfect must die."

    A lot of the other lyrics are wrong too unless I have a different version but I don't think I do.
    jasssson January 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentForgot to mention how gorgeous is the line "Call me any name you like, I will never deny it"
    So romantic...
    jasssson January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is clearly an anti-war song, one of the best. I love this song, especially the cover by Joan Baez.
    WayneNon March 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is pretty clearly an anti-war/love song

    "Farewell Angelina - He is leaving his lover
    The bells of the crown - The reason for war
    Are being stolen by bandits - Someone is in the wrong
    I must follow the sound - The sound is of a funeral march
    The triangle tingles - The sound is of a funeral march
    And the trumpet play slow -The sound is of a funeral march
    Farewell Angelina - The sound is of a funeral march
    The sky is on fire - The war is starting
    And I must go The war is starting

    There's no need for anger -Let's enjoy our final time together
    There's no need for blame - The decision wasn't up to me
    There's nothing to prove - We know we love eachother
    Everything's still the same - We will always love eachother
    Just a table standing empty - Our future meteaphorical table is empty because I will die
    By the edge of the sea - He will be taking a ship to go over to fight the war and not be coming back
    Farewell Angelina - bye forever
    The sky is trembling - He is nervous to go to war
    And I must leave - But this is his duty


    The jacks and queens -metaphor for politicians
    Have forsaken the courtyard - the are making the decisions
    Fifty-two gypsies - cards are a metaphor for gambling
    Now file past the guards - cards are a metaphor for gambling
    In the space where the deuce - they always gambled with lives
    And the ace once ran wild - they used to play this kind of poker
    Farewell Angelina - Bye forever
    The sky is folding - The sky folding could refer to god folding his hand on society. It is essentially some super natural power is being shock
    I'll see you in a while - In a while would refer to when she dies which is in reference to the supernatural above.

    See the cross-eyed pirates sitting - People at home who are enjoying the war have a negative connation
    Perched in the sun - Basically to them the war is bliss
    Shooting tin cans - Barbaric activities fun at home
    With a sawed-off shotgun - Sawed off showing they are actually low class
    And the neighbors they clap - Everyone loves the idea of war
    And they cheer with each blast - People at home love war
    Farewell Angelina - He has to go
    The sky's changing color - A new somber mood
    And I must leave fast - He just left

    King Kong, little elves - metaphor for battle. King Kong fights people
    On the rooftops they dance - King kong climbs roof, dancing is a metaphor for fighting
    Valentino-type tangos - Tango another danving metaphor for fighting
    While the make-up man's hands -hand to hand combat
    Shut the eyes of the dead - One of Dylan's best lyrics ever. He even wants to shut the eyes of the dead
    Not to embarrass anyone - because he feels the way they died is so emberrassing and such a waste
    Farewell Angelina - He is surely going to die but not yet
    The sky is embarrassed - God and everyone is emberrassed
    And I must be gone - After all this he knows he won't survive.

    Let's add in the verse from the original

    The camouflaged parrot, he flutters from fear -camouflage is a metaphor for someone in army gear. A parrot repeats what is told of them. Despite being parrots they are scared
    When something he doesn't know about suddenly appears - The parrot is the guy singing the song. Someone appears out of nowhere
    What cannot be imitated perfect must die - His training wasn't perfect and he will die here
    Farewell Angelina, the sky is flooding over and I must go where it is dry - Could be a reference to blood and getting out of the battle

    The machine guns are roaring - battle continues
    The puppets heave rocks - puppets are the soldiers who follow orders they hurl grenades and bombs
    The fiends nail time bombs - Everyones life has a time limit on it
    To the hands of the clocks - Clock is in reference to when you die but could also be a tombstone which is dated
    Call me any name you like - His lover can say anything to him now
    I will never deny it - He can't defend himself because he is dead
    Farewell Angelina - Bye for now
    The sky is erupting - War is terrible
    I must go where it's quiet - Rest in Peace
    Samthesham1on March 28, 2016   Link
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    General CommentYes! For example the bells of the crown are being stolen by bandits is the Nazi pilfering of art,especially Jewish. The sky is on fire is the ovens blowing fire and smoke.
    No need for anger no one to blame. The Jewish acceptance of the events with the same anti Semitic ,everything's still the same.
    52 gypsies file past the guards, 52 is a full deck meaning all the Jews will be filing past the guards. The sky is folding the Angels giving up and laying down their hands.
    King Kong's little elves,obvious reference to SS and Hitler.
    While the Valentino reference and his ties to Mussolini (who hired 4 fascist blackshirts honor guards to attend his funeral) show the connection to Hitler. Valentino's most famous roles were often portrayals of middle- eastern Shieks
    Even the last stanza obvious reference to the nazi's and the puppet mentality of those following Hitler.
    The entire piece is full of references to the holocaust from Mr. Zimmerman.
    However,when writing songs one comes up with lines that just sound cool and include them in the piece.
    1046647654on July 12, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentDid anyone else get the feeling this could be about the Holocaust? The subject, of course, is Dylanesque, but one he never really explored, so I'm not sure...
    HibbingismyHolyLandon October 02, 2005   Link

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