By Larry Fyffe
As pointed out previously, the two riders in the song below are none other than attendant thief Bob Dylan, and jokester nurse Allen Ginsberg:
Two riders were approaching The wind began to howl (Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower)
They hope to hatch a plan to save drifter Jesus from being crucified on the cross; one of His followers has been accused of attacking a guard of a high priest:
There must be some way out of here Said the joker to the thief "There's too much confusion I can't get no relief" (Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower)
Within the Holy Bible, the two riders find the answer to the way out, and together they come up with a plan worthy of Charles Dickens.
That Bob Dylan practices Gnostic time travelling has been pointed out in other Untold articles, but for those who are non-believers here are other clues that Dylan’s persona is from the separate Spirit World, and is capable of transforming himself into any physical manifestation on Earth that he chooses.
In the movie ‘Renaldo And Clara’, Bob Dylan and poet Allen Ginsberg are shown visiting the ‘ Way Of Sorrows’ religious icons, one of which is “Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus’. Some Gnostics claim that Libyan Simon takes the the place of Jesus on the cross since Christ is from the Other World, and therefore cannot be put to death. But of Simon, little is known.
The Holy Bible contains remanents of that Gnostic story:
And they compel one Simon, a Cyrenian Who passed by, coming out of the country The father of Alexander and Rufus To bear His cross (Mark 15: 21)
Always in search of further knowledge, there are Gnostics who question the assertion that it’s Simon who gets crucified. Apparently, Bob Dylan, or at least his persona, transfigures himself into a detective Sherlock Holmes archetype in search of the truth:
Well, I'm goin' off to Libya There's a guy I gotta see He's been livin' there three years now In an oil refinery I've got my mind made up Oh, I got my mind made up (Bob Dylan: Got My Mind Made Up ~ Dylan/Petty)
Unfortunately, because Gnostics are bound by an oath of secrecy, we do not find out from Dylan if he finds it’s the Cyrenian Simon who’s in the Libyan refinery. Of course, then Simon would have had to have returned from the Spiritual Plain rather than being dead as a doornail. It’s all rather mysterious, but the clues left behind in the lyrics by the singer/songwriter cannot be ignored.
Not to mention that the jokester and the thief apparently succeed in their mission:
"No reason to get excited now" The thief he kindly spoke "There are many here among us Who feel that life is but a joke But you and I, we've been through that And this is not our fate So let us not talk falsely now The hour is getting late" (Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower)
Whatever truth lies behind the fates of Simon and Jesus, the story serves as a template for other songs by Bob Dylan. In the lyrics below, it seems that Rosemary sacrifices herself for the sake of Lily, a Mary Magdalene archetype, and for the Jack Of Hearts – for JOH, for JehOvaH, if you like (to confuse matters further, some Gnostics consider Jehovah, the creator of the physical realm, to be a demiurge, but not so the ‘real’ Jesus from the Spirit World):
The next day was hangin' day, the sky was overcast and black Big Jim lay covered up, killed by a penknife in the back And Rosemary on the gallows, she didn't even blink The hangin' judge was sober, he hadn't had a drink The only person on the scene missin' was the Jack Of Hearts (Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts)
The characters present in the song below obviously influenced the author of the song above:
I stepped up to my rival, dagger in my hand Being mad by depression, I pierced him to the breast All this for lovely Flora, my Lily of the West They placed me in the witness box, and then commenced on me Although she swore my life away, deprived me of my rest Still I love my faithless Flora, the Lily of the West (Bob Dylan: Lily Of The West ~ Davis/Peterson)
Thank goodness that the sun is shining, and everything is clear now!
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