- 1: Tarantula
- 2: The Tarantula Crawls Across The Circus Floor and 3: Arachnida Is Dead
- 4: The Bride and 5: The Return of Tarantula
- 6: Everybody loves a critic and 7: Hopalong Bob
- 8: Mad, Bad, And A Stranger To Know and 9: Miss Lucy And Mr. Jinx
- 10: A Madder Piece From Ginsberg Street and 11: The Long Dark Stranger
- 12: More Mixed Up Confusion and 13: Oval Faubus
- 14: A tattletale Heart; and 15: Tarzantula
16: Shake That Spear
Writer D.H. Lawrence joins the pilgrimage to New Babylon; cries out that the struggle to survive, and the sexual drive (pointed out by Charles Darwin), gets usurped by modern industrial capitalists.
In the lines below, Social Darwinism mocked ~ i.e., curly hair determines one’s destiny:
(T)he sight of george raft - richard nixon - liberace d.h. lawrence & pablo casals - all the same person struggle -struggle & your weapons of curls blowing (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Senator Joe McCarthy comes along; tells the Monk that he doesn’t like monkey-lovers:
(H)e don't like people that say he comes from the monkeys (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Henry Miller jumps into the stream of consciousness and tells a tale of ‘hot’ sex.
Porno-Lit parodied below:
Grady O'lady comes in - gives everybody the nod & wants to know where she can get a maid .... O'lady takes an orange out of her pocket "got this from Aztec country - watch me now boys" she takes the orange & oozes & dribbles all down her mouth all over her skirt - more - more - she's all covered in orange (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Later on, a possible source of the above lyrics revealed:
I buyed me a little box about four acres square filled it with guineas, and silver so fair Oh now I'm bound for Turkey, I travel like an ox And in my breeches pocket I carry my little box (Bob Dylan: Taddle O'Day ~ traditional)
Street slang for ‘dirty sex’ hidden in a future song ~ in the lyrics quoted beneath:
Brownsville girl with your Brownsville curls Teeth like pearls, shining like the moon above Brownsville girl Show me all around the world Brownsville girl, you're my honey love (Bob Dylan: Brownsville Girl ~ Dylan/Shepard)
“I’d walk a million miles for one of your smiles” sings back-faced Al Jolson ~ “My Mammy” (Young/Lewis/Donaldson). Tarantsulated below: Al, the Jewish performer drops into a theatre to watch “Two Women”, an Italian-language movie that stars Sophia Loren in which a mother and daughter are raped by Moroccan ‘irregulars’ from the Fench African colony who are fighting against the German Nazis in Italy.
Humphrey Bogart’s not there.
Hubris notwithstanding, apparently Jolson expects a postage stamp to be issued in his honour:
(I)n the winter a blackface musician announces he is from Two Woman he spends his free time trying to peel the moon & he's here to collect his eight cent stamp (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Below, metonymically speaking with humour and wordplay abounding, Walter Scott, and George Eliot (a woman) get Shakespeared:
(O)k, so you used to get B's in the Ivanhoe tests & A minuses in the silas marners then you wonder why you failed hamlet exams yeah well, that's because one hoe and one lass do not make a spear (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
17: Hopalong Bob
William Boyd and Andy Clyde star in the western movie “Hoppy Serves A Writ”.
Milk-drinking black-clad, white-horsed, hard-riding lawman Bill “Hopalong” Cassidy, and his slapstick-sidekick “California” Carlson ride into Bob Dylan’s kaleidoscopic montage of movie stars acting as though they’re in the unfenced Old West – here supposedly located in Texas and Oklahoma.
The times they are a-changing.
“Talkies” take over. Silent movies are dead.
Nor do printed words talk:
(T)he audio repairman stumbles thru the door with "sound is sacred so come in and talk to us" written on the back of his shirt (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Louis L’Amour grabs the opportunity to make money by writing noveletts about Hopalong’s adventures:
Into the Valley of Burlesque the cowboy angels ride.
Mocked be that any sexual activity is pretty well outlawed in those Hoppy Days whether in stories, at the movies, or on tv:
(O)ut of his past appears Insanely Hoppy screaming and dancing (Bob Dylan; Tarantula)
He holds up a stagecoach, and takes the strongbox that contains a nursery rhyme:
Little Jack Horner Sat in the corner Eating his Christmas pie He put in his thumb And pulled other a plum And said, " What a good boy am I"
Exchanges the nursery rhyme for a night of sex:
Listen to the fiddler play When he's playing 'til the break of day Oh me, oh my Love that country pie (Bob Dylan: Country Pie)
Sometimes things don’t go that well:
(E)xcept that I can't do anything with with my finger & it's already beginning to smell (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Onward, onward rides Hoppy, with his sidekick, into New Babylon.
In pursuit of the Golden Calf:
(T)he american flag turned green & andy clyde kept pestering about a back paycheck (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
They’re not alone, don’t forget:
& all the rest of these people that would make leadbelly a pet (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)