Links to all the cover versions used in this series are given at the end of the article, as well as links to all the previous articles themselves.
by Larry Fyffe
Bob Dylan’s songs considered a whole be a mixture of Gnostic and Hermetic profusion and confusion.
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall Of The House Of Usher” tells the tale of sickly Roderick Usher whose cracked house contains a library full of books including Emanuel Swedenborg’s “Heaven And Hell”.
Encrypted be ‘Horus’, an Egyptian symbol of regeneration, within the name “Roderick Usher”.
Roderick represents the isolated human mind. Mistakenly believing her dead, he buries his twin sister Madeline alive in the family vault.
Madeline, a variant of ‘Magdalene’, represents the isolated human body.
She breaks out of her tomb, and scares her mind-oriented brother to death.
The deteriorating house surrounding the twins then collapses, entombing both of them beneath the rubble.
The cracking of the Delavinci Code reveals that the obverse story of Jesus and Magdalene found therein is similar in theme to Poe’ short story with the major exception that the couple have a female child who survives.
Thus, the House of Christ does not collapse.
Nevertheless, Lady Magdalene ends up mummified; ‘undead’ in a sepulchre. Nor is it at all clear whether Lord Jesus is alive or dead (it’s after His ‘crucifixion’).
According to the uncovered Code, the following song lyrics indicate that Mary is the narrator’s sister, akin to the twins (‘rational’ Christ and ‘wise’ Sophia) depicted in Gnostic thought (and twins Apollo and Artemis in Greek/Roman mythology).
Anyway, when all is said and done, Jesus and Mary save one another from being captured by the authorities of organized religion who are in pursuit of the duo:
We grew up together From the cradle to the grave We died, and were reborn And then mysteriously saved (Bob Dylan: Oh Sister ~ Dylan/Levy)
It becomes increasingly evident, thanks to the unravelling of the Dylavinci Code, that many of the time-travelling songs of Bob Dylan about love found and love lost refer to the recurrent archetypical figure of Mary Magdalene.
At times, as below, the narrator feels alone and sickly without Madeline:
Felt around for the light switch, became nauseated Just me, and an over-worked dancer, between walls that have deteriorated. (Bob Dylan: The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar)
At other times, it’s the memory of raven-haired Mary that haunts the story-teller:
Felt around for the light switch, became nauseated She was walking down the hallway while the walls deteriorated (Bob Dylan: The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar)
So it might be said that the moon never beams without bringing dreams of the beautiful Maggie Madeline –
wherein, the narrator lies down beside the ‘undead’ Mary in her burial chamber by the Nile River in Egypt:
You turn the tide on me each day, and teach my eyes to see Just being next to you is a natural thing for me And I could never let you go, no matter what goes on 'Cause I love you more than ever now the past is gone (Bob Dylan: Wedding Song)
The Dylavinci Code Index to videos (songs without links are in the article above)
- Abandoned Love – Sean Keane
- Ahab The Arab -Ray Stevens
- Angelina -Bob Dylan
- Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream -John Bull And The Bandits
- Changing Of The Guards -Whitley & Lang
- Changing Of The Guards -Gaslight Anthem
- Crossing The Rubicon -Bob Dylan
- Drifter’s Escape -George Thorogood/Destroyers
- Duquesne Whistle -Benmont Tench
- False Prophet -Bob Dylan
- Going to Acapulco – Calexico
- Goodbye Jimmy Reed -Bob Dylan
- Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar -Elkie Brooks
- Handy Dandy -Bob Dylan
- High Water – Joan Osborne
- Highway 61 Revisited -Ross Scrivener
- I Contain Multitudes -Emma Swift
- I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine – John Doe
- Idiot Wind -Gerard Quintana
- Idiot Wind -The Coal Porters
- I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight -Robert Palmer
- Isis – Julie Corbalis
- Isis -White Stripes
- Just Like A Woman -Old Crow Medicine Show
- Little Maggie – Bob Dylan
- Lord Protect My Child -Susan Tedeshi
- Maggie’s Farm -Chicken Diamond
- Maggie’s Farm -The Specials
- Maggie’s Farm – Zero Prophet
- Maggie’s Farm – Jimmy Vivino And The Black Italians
- Mary And The Soldier – Bob Dylan
- Memphis Blues – HC Handy
- My Own Version Of You -Bob Dylan
- Oh Sister
- Precious Angel – The Weather Station
- Pretty Mary -Bob Dylan/Band
- Ring Them Bells -Muscle And Bone
- Ring Them Bells – McCrary Sisters
- Rocky Racoon -Charlie Parr
- Romance In Durango – Julie Felix
- Romance In Durango -Gerard Quintana
- Scarlet Town -Bob Dylan
- Seeing The Real You At Last -Bettye Lavette
- Simple Twist of Fate – Emma Swift
- Sign On The Window -Al Turk
- Slow Train – Clas Yngstrom
- Stuck inside Of Mobile – North Mississippi Alstars
- Summer Days -Brothers Lazaroff
- Talking World War III Blues -Toni Vescoli
- Tin Angel – Bob Dylan
- Visions Of Johanna – Stephen Inglis
- Wedding Song
Index to past episodes
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code Part 1
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part II)
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part III)
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part IV)
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part V)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part VI)
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part VII)
- Bob Dylan And the Dylanvinci Code Part VIII
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part IX)
- Bob Dylan And The DylavincI Code (Part X)
- Bob Dylan And The DylanvincI Code (Part XI)
- Bob Dylan and The DylanvincI Code (Part XII)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XIII)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylanvinci Code (Part XIV)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XV)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XVI)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XVII)
- Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XVIII)