by Larry Fyffe
An archetype of Lilith apparently gets a mention in the New Testament: “The queen of the south shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it. For she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon”
The Old Testament states that the southern queen from Ethiopia brings gifts to Solomon; traditional lore says he gives her a ring, and that she returns home carrying the King’s child in her belly:
And King Solomon gave unto the Queen of Sheba all her desire whatsoever she asked Beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants (I Kings 10:2)
In another extrabiblical tale, Jehovah-defying Lilith sneaks back into Eden one night, and has sex with the sleeping Adam; his present mate is the submissive (at least for now) rib-begotten Eve; Lilith carries away his seed in order to produce more demons.
In the song lyrics below, the stories above get modernized, stirred up real good, left open to allegorical interpretation ~
Said it could be that whoring Lily (Lilith) fools around with mine-owner Big Jim (King Solomon of the United Kingdom) who’s married to the older, now trying-to-be-faithful Rosemary – she in her youth, like Lily, having messed about with big-cocked Egyptains.
Needless to say, the Jack Of Hearts (Jehovah’s earthly manifestation) is on everyone’s mind:
Rosemary started drinking hard, and seeing her reflection in the knife She was tired of the attention, tired of playing the role of Big Jim's wife She had done a lot of bad things, even once tried suicide Was looking to do just one good deed before she died She was gazing to the future, riding on the Jack of Hearts (Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts)
As noted, it’s said that King Solomon gives a ring to the Queen of Sheba:
It was well known that Lily had Jim's ring And nothing even would come between Lily and the king No nothing ever would except maybe the Jack of Hearts (Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts)
Seems the Jack Of Hearts pays a visit to Lily before leaving the scene:
In the darkness by the riverbed, they waited on the ground For one more member who had business back in town But they couldn't go no further without the Jack of Hearts (Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts)