I'm utterly compelled by his compulsive use of 'marketplace' on his '70s albums. "I ain't a-haulin' any of my lambs to the marketplace anymore", "I stepped forth from the shadows to the marketplace"... I think Michael Gray have written something about this but I'm too lazy to look up what he had to say
this goes straight to the heart - Dylan showing his inner self, like never before... seeing their kids playing at the beach when they were little children - it's a picture of happiness - like every mum and dad he reflects and is becoming sentimental - but time was going by - all married couples are changing though the years... - Sara and Bob were changing - he still loves her, needs her, but deep inside he knows that all will end... this song is leaving me blue. This song is pure art.
I've always loved how he sort-of casually says "Oh yeah, and I wrote Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands for you". Not even the kelp reference can wreck this song. Perhaps the epithet genius is not misplaced when mentioning Dylan...
it's fascinating to listen to this right after all 11 min plus of Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands. They're both technically love songs about Sara, but while sad eyed lady's lyrics are surreal, nonsensical and vague, and his vocals swooning and clearly in love, this has honest, nakedly emotional lyrics, with a vocal delivery halfway between sneering and affection, as he declares his love for Sara as their marriage is falling into pieces