By Larry Fyffe
She came down the aisle Wearing a smile A vision of loveliness I uttered a sigh Whispered goodbye Goodbye to my happiness (Patty Page: I Went To Your Wedding ~ JM Robinson)
Patti Smith, like Patty Page, follows the footpath blazed by Patsy Montana and Bonnie Lou (the two latter female stage names chosen because they ‘sound country’).
Bonnie ventures farther than Patsy, and steps into rocknroll “doo-wha”:
I want you badly You're driving me madly (Bonnie Lou: I Want You ~ Burton)
The doo-wha revamped in the following song lyrics:
I want you, I want you I want you so bad (Bob Dylan: I Want You)
Bonnie’s namesake mentioned as a nod perhaps thereto in the lyrics beneath.
The hollow-dwelling narrator sinks into a bottle:
Patty gone to Laredo But she be back soon Left Jamaica this morning On a boat "Bonnie Lou" (Bob Dylan: Patty Gone To Laredo)
Unlikely known to Bob Dylan when he sings “Patty Gone To Laredo” is that the “Bonnie Lou” be a NS fishing boat that burned and sank; certainly the song has nothing to do with its replacement the “Bonnie Lou ll” being lost in a storm along with its crew, since the latter sinking happened after the time “Patty Gone To Laredo” was made.
We have to start over, our life to renew
The men are fishing in Heaven
From the Bonnie Lou Two
(Isle Aux Morts Boys: The Bonnie Lou II ~ Henneberry/Clark )
Likewise, it’s unlikely that the Patty Hearst saga has anything to do with Dylan’s fragmented, “stream of consciousness” lyrics.
More befitting of Dylan be Poe-like sorrowful songs about deserted towns, winged demons and angels.
And ghost-like many-headed creatures re-incarnated in the tall-timber nests of days gone by:
Born in ‘Liz Texas timber
Up where the eagles fly
Then makes him tell in never
But she don’t cry
(Bob Dylan: Patty Gone To Laredo)