Dylan does tell a marvellously picaresque story here that, despite the laid-back “aw shucks” drawl infusing this yarn, is full of nefarious situations, double-crosses, derringdo, reunion, and heroism. The story begins with the narrator recalling standing in line to screen the Peck film. This, in turn, prompts a memory of a pan-Texas trip of undisclosed reason with the woman to whom he sings and titles Brownsville Girl in honour of. After driving all night to San Antonio, where they sleep near the Alamo (a symbolic locale pregnant with disaster and death), she leaves for Mexico to find a doctor but never comes back. Perhaps she is seeking an abortion, but if someone is injured, the narrator does not let on. Somehow, he has continued his trip with another woman, crossing the Texas panhandle toward Amarillo, where they decide to pay a visit to a guy named Henry Porter. He is not at home but his woman, Ruby, invites the narrator in for a chat, but nothing is revealed except that she is jaded and ready to leave the area. The narrator then begins musing about The Gunfighter again, implying that he played a part in the Peck film while at the same time merging the real-time paranoia of the song’s narrative. Suddenly, he is a pompadour-topped fugitive being pursued by a gun-toting mob. The action moves swiftly – after his picture is plastered on the front pages, there appears to have been an off-screen arrest and trial, during which the Brownsville Girl miraculously reappears for a dramatic courtroom appearance (perhaps filled with phony testimony) that seems to have guaranteed our man’s acquittal.
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