by Larry Fyffe
24: Cream Cheese
Through a prophet, God speaks to King Ahaz of Judah:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign Behold a virgin shall conceive And have a son And shall call his name 'Immanuel' (Isaiah 7:14)
Emanuel Swedenborg figures he’s that sign, that person.
According to Swedenborg, there be emanations of light and dark forces that spread out from the Godhead, and form the material world. But, unlike in other variations of Gnosticism, the Almighty One is Jesus Christ.
He’s everywhere at once, and the only One capable of existing beyond space and time. But He’s no clockmaker outside the Universe that sets everything in motion, and then steps aside.
Swirling around in different levels of the Cosmos, spiritual angels and demons fly; the task for physical mortals is to find a way through the maze, and get in contact with the love and wisdom within the universal spirit of Jesus:
For in Him dwelleth all the fullness Of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9)
It’s a more plasmatic picture of the Cosmos (a figuratively fluid one that consists of earth, wind, fire, and water) that’s depicted in Bob Dyan’s Tarantsula-shaped Universe.
Though the little book “Tarantula” has its serious parts, overall it’s quite funny.
On the road therein, Sandy Bob relates to Justine a dream he has – she seemingly a Swedenborgian:
(I) was unable to do anything about this fire - you see - not because I was lazy or because I loved to watch fires - but because myself and the fire were in the same Time all right but we were not in the same Space (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
In his time, a preRomantic poet also satirizes Swedenborg’s contention of the uniqueness of the Holy Bible in regard to literal/figurative – material/spiritual “correspondences”:
Apparently, the following lines not eligible because they are too earth-oriented:
Mock On Voltaire, Rousseau Mock on, mock on: 'tis all in vain You throw the sand against the wind And the wind blows it back again (William Blake: Mock On Voltaire, Rousseau)
To see the world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour (William Blake: Auguries Of Innocence)
The quote beneath from a poet who’s brought up as a Swedenborgian, but he secularizes its Christian aspects; takes a middle path, becomes a mystic in outlook:
From what I tasted of desire I hold with those who favour fire .... I think I know enough of hate To say for destruction ice Is also great (Robert Frost: Fire And Ice)
The creator of the Tarantulean Universe, on the other hand, appears to permit his Cosmos to expand quite rapidly:
(T)ho i might be nothing but a butter sculptor .... i must go now - i have this new hunk of margarine waiting in the bathtub -yes I said MARGARINE & next week i just might decide to use cream cheese (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
25: Davy Crocker
No relation to Charlie, Fess Parker sings:
Fought single-handed through the Indian War 'Til the Creeks was whipped And peace was in store
(Wellingtons: The Ballad Of Davy Crockett ~ Blackburn/Bruns)
Fess joins the pilgrim’s parade, and sells out his stock of coonskin hats before heading off to Texas to fight at the Alamo ~ those damned Mexicans – having banned slavery – need a whipping:
Things don’t go well for Davy.
In fact, bad things are happening all over the place:
(P)icture of dirt farmer - long johns - coonskin cap strangling himself on his shoe (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Good news though in Venice; according to Bill Shakespeare, Lorenzo has managed to convert Jewess Jessica to Christianity; loves not only her, but her money besides.
Garage mechanic Antonio’s a good-hearted fellow ~ “hires out women for baseball players”.
Lorenzo tells Jessica not to feel so alone; she must change her name to LONZO:
& must walk the streets of life forever with lazy people having nothing to do but fight over women (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
Actually, she’s not alone; there are strange men out there with their pin-up posters.
Including cook Betty Crocker hawking dinner plates while she’s holding hands with Elvis the Pelvis, he dressed in drag:
(C)rooked betty & volcano the leg here they come - theyre popped out and theyve been crying in the chapel (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
I searched and I searched But I couldn't find No way on earth to gain peace of mind Now I'm happy in the chapel Where people are of one accord (Elvis Presley: Crying In The Chapel ~ Artie Glenn)
Along the way, Charlie Darwin’s observing that some cuckoos have short wings, and fly crooked; some lay eggs in another birds’ nest.
Sandy Bob depicts the behaviour of some preachers as even worst:
Well, the cuckoo is a pretty bird She warbles as she flies I'm preaching the word of God I'm putting out your eyes (Bob Dylan: High Water)
It’s all more than enough to drive a person through the swinging doors of the “Babylon Saloon”:
Then the music takes me back to Tennessee When they ask who's the fool in the corner ... crying I say, "The little ole wine drinker me" (Charlie Walker: Little Ole Wine Drinker Me ~ Mills/Jennings)
The song above being inspired by a wine company’s commercial ~
“Little ole winemaker me!”
(W)ho should come by but the little ole winemaker trying to be helpful (Bob Dylan: Tarantula)
- 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: Tarantula: “Shake that Spear” and 17: “Hopalong Bob”
- 18: The Tale Of Dale And Debbie and 19: The Golden Gate
- 20: Your Harmless Fate and 21: Thelonius
- 22: the Egotist and 23: The Lord of the Spiders