Bob Dylan And Lucifer

 

by Larry Fyffe

In the Judeo-Christian Bible, the King of Babylon is compared to Lucifer – the King’s agonna fall because he rebels against the will of God Yahweh:

How art thou fallen from heaven
O Lucifer, son of the morning
How art thou cut down to the ground
(Isaiah 14: 2)

 

The religion known as Christianity equates Lucifer with the dark one, the Great Deceiver Satan. However, Luciferianism, (related to Zoroastrianism and Gnosticism) is a belief system having nothing to do with worshipping the biblical Devil. Instead, the followers of Luciferianism look up at the light coming the morning star, and conceive Venus as guardian of the Earth and it’s physical environment – a light in the darkness (akin to Jesus) that inspires every individual, each and every day, to seek out and test new ways of improving living conditions on Earth.

Similarly, in Greek and Roman mythology, Venus is an earthy symbol, the goddess of sex, fertility, love, and beauty.

Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan puts on a feedbag filled with notes and lyrics, and ruminates about the Poe-like lost lore of Lucifer, ‘personified’ as a female pony in a song called “New Pony”.

According to Dylan, on this macro-level of interpretation, the ideals of Dionysiac Luciferianism get broken – corrupted -, and are patched back together within the doctrines of Apollonian sun-centred Judaism, and it’s New Testament offshoot, Christianity:

Once I had a pony, her name was Lucifer
I had a pony, her name was Lucifer
She broke a leg and she needed shooting
I swear that it hurt me more than it could
ever have hurt her

(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

On this interpretative level, Bob Dylan’s song paints Christianity, symbolized by the cross (X), as a religion of darkness because it condemns natural human behavior; nonetheless, it carries within some of its teachings the glowing embers of Lucifer’s Paradise Lost:

Sometimes I wonder what’s going on in the mind of Miss X
Sometimes I wonder what’s going on in the mind of Miss X
You know she’s got such a sweet disposition
I never know what the poor girl’s gonna do to me next
(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

 

The Christian pony, to the narrator in the song, shines like Lucifer, and dances like Bo Diddley:

I got a new pony who knows how to fox-trot, lope, and pace
Well, I got a new pony, she knows how to fox-trot,  lope, and pace
She got great big hind legs
And long black shaggy hair above her face

(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

Dylan messes with mythologies -Venus, the goddess of love, is there early in the morning. And you gotta serve somebody. There’s time for Lucifer, and there’s time for Jesus. In the personal mythology of poet William Blake, the bride of Luvah (Jesus) is the emanation Vala, the ‘shadowy female”:

Well now, it was early in the mornin’ , I seen your shadow by the door
It was early in the morning, I seen your shadow by the door
Now I don’t have to ask nobody
I know what you come here for

(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

The writer of the lyrics, with humour and irony, plays word games with the central mysterious, mystical, and magical Christian command, ‘And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise” (Luke 6: 31):

They say you’re usin’ voodoo, your feet walk by themselves
They say you’re using voodoo, I seen your feet walk by themselves
Oh, baby, that God you been prayin’ to 
Is gonna give ya back what you’re been wishin’ on someone else
(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

Brought up in a Jewish family Dylan be, and the narrator in the song, transforms himself into a Jewish jockey – says he desires to jump on the brand new pill-box hat and the old crown of thorns worn by the starry-eyed ebony pony.

If my memory serves me well, the pony’s sister, named Sophia, was once fenced in vineyards by her other siblings, and compared by her lover, King Solomon, to “a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots”:

Come on over here pony, I, I want to climb up one time on you
Come on over here pony, I, I want to climb up one time on you
Well, you’re so bad and nasty
But I love you, yes, I do

(Bob Dylan: New Pony)

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1 Response to Bob Dylan And Lucifer

  1. Larry Fyffe says:

    *Isaiah 14:12 that should be

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