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“Jokerman” from the 1983 album Infidels is one of Dylan’s most analysed songs. It is perhaps a culmination of all the grand themes Dylan was wrestling with at the time – labelled his post-evangelical period by some commentators. Intentionally or unintentionally, Dylan perpetuated the confusion with the image of the Joker.

The Joker is a special card found in most modern decks of playing cards that has its origins in the court jester of the middle ages and the Fool… read more

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  • Avatar for BrunoLuis1
    oh oh oh oh oh oh oh jokerman
  • Avatar for ebeam2
    When I saw Patton Oswalt live, this was one of the songs they played on the PA before he went on. Still wonder if it was his choice. Cool song.
  • Avatar for Tapani69ofBodom
    I love Robbie Shakespeare's bass part.
  • Avatar for perfektionismus
    I think that South Park guy's voice is partly based on Bob's voice here.
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    "You're a king among nations, you're a stranger at home..." Mmm, I do love the lyrics of that early demo.
  • Avatar for Elyssyan
    Just the best Dylan song for me♥
  • Avatar for Lord_Kur
    This song should always be played after "Every Grain of Sand". Let's make this a rule
  • Avatar for TheGreatChupon
    Undoubtedly one of Dylan's best! It's only too bad that, unlike a similar case five years earlier, the rest of the album fails to live up to its tremendous opener.
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    A woman just gave birth to a prince today and she's dressed in scarlet; he'll turn priests into pimps that make old men bark, take a woman who could have been Joan of Arc and turn her into a harlot!
  • Avatar for ralfsu
    Dylan couldn't even blow a fart in 3 minutes. He deserves 30.

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Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing
Distant ships sailing into the mist,
You were born with a snake in both of your fists while a hurricane was blowing

Bob Dylan - Jokerman Lyrics

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