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The Scarlet Town Songfacts says: This tale of doom and destiny is set in "Scarlet Town," a type of place where according to Dylan you, "put your heart on a platter, and see who'll bite." Scarlet Town is also the setting for the traditional Folk song about doomed love, "Barbara Allen" that a young Dylan first performed in the coffee shops of Greenwich Village. Both songs feature the lines, "in Scarlet town where I was born" and "sweet… read more

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In Scarlet Town, where I was born
There's ivy leaf and silver thorn
The streets have names that you can't pronounce
Gold is down to a quarter of an…

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