Why? What’s the point?
Well we can speculate, but they were just songs that came out from Dylan during a very fruitful period of songwriting, and not everything can be Desolation Row.
The lyrics change from version to version. Dylan has a knock at Roger McGuin for getting the lyrics confused. But the point is it doesn’t matter because nothing much means anything.
Cloud so swift the rain fallin’ in, Gonna see a movie called Gunga Din
Just from that opening you know its nonsense. But then so is Mighty Quinn. And it is a perfectly reasonable question to say, “Does it have to make it sense?”
The answer is no, its just a sweet melody built over three chords and lines like “Genghis Khan and his brother Don Couldn’t keep on keepin’ on” Indeed, why not.
In fact if this was the major output of Dylan this site wouldn’t exist, and we wouldn’t keep on turning up year after year at his concerts. It’s just a guy having a bit of fun.
As I said, why not?
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