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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Sunday Sermon: Persistent Leaks and Contentious Women

All the talk of rain yesterday made me think of Bob's Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 as in "Where the hell did he get that title from?"

Here's what I learned after some internettin':

http://www.bobdylancommentaries.com/blonde-on-blonde/rainy-day-woman-12-and-35/

There were also some Biblical connections and interpretations about the title as discussed in this Wiki excerpt:

"Heylin further suggested that the song's title is a Biblical reference taken from the Book of Proverbs "which contains a huge number of edicts for when one could genuinely get stoned."  He suggested that the title refers to Proverbs chapter 27, verse 15 (in the King James Bible) "A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious women are alike."

I didn't quite get the "continual dropping and contentious woman" comparison, so I consulted my New American Bible to see how they had translated it.  Here is their take:
That it is comparing  a persistent leak to a contentious woman I understand, even if it seems to me that one can eventually find a way to fix the leak.  As for dealing with a contentious woman, in Bob's words - "Everybody must get stoned."

Musically, guess then I should go ahead and play that song for you but you know what - it's probably my least favorite Bob tune out there.  Something about that whole trombone, Salvation Army marching band effect just leaves me cold.  

So lets stay with the Sunday religious theme and I'll offer you perhaps my favorite Dylan tune complete with some very timely references for all of us.

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