Since the narrator is doing the chasing, the one being chased the shadow must be the tambourine man. And since the shadow is seen by the tambourine man, it must be the narrator. And that implies an identity between the tambourine man and the narrator. Why one hand only? Presumably because the other is holding a tambourine. He represents escape from what the narrator seems to see as a dreary existence.
And what does he want to escape from? Also, the craziness he wants to avoid is as present in his ideal world as it is in his normal life. Since they are a projection of himself, it is he who is pulling himself back by allowing his sorrow to dominate his life. In bed, asleep, he may have escaped the day. He is a songwriter. He asks "play a song for me". A prayer for inspiration to the Muse. It's late, can't sleep and he has writer's block.
And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind, I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're Seein' that he's chasing.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free, Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands, With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves, Let me forget about today until tomorrow.
If the song were ONLY about drugs it would not be very good poetry. Most of the interpretations talk about MANY different kinds of escape. Inconsistencies in interpretations turn it into a kind of dreamscape — one kind of escape. The new world has been explored and fenced in, so now we turn to the skies.
We try to hold high the ideal of freedom escape into it while maintaining a grip on sanity, justice, practical reality, reason, law and order. He tries to keep his art just on the verge of chaos without falling into it. Most of that happened after the song was written, but the interpretation still seems to work. We are all dying but still trying to keep a grip — to be able to at least dance in our own funeral parades. Can we still do that? Or is that all dead? We still seem to try, or at least we go through the motions.
Is the drug dealer or band leader the new priest leading the funeral procession? Like the condemned Sisyphus, we have to distract ourselves the best we can. The singer is on his death bed having struggled with pain and illness. Reminiscing on life. The Tambourine Man is the angel of death come to take him away. There are fits of nostalgia, of wanting to be through the pain, of longing and also fear about taking a trip to the next place.
I like that this song could have a different meaning to everyone. But instead of aruging over what YOU think the song means have any one ever thought the song could mean multiple things? It could mean everything you guys mentioned. I've always thought there's an element of Dionysiac ecstasy in the song. The "magic swirling ship" conjures the image of Dionysus, who was a great wanderer, in the boat on Exekias' great kylix in Munich, and the tambourine was used by the maenads who accompanied the god.
Only one strand in this wonderful, enigmatic song, of course, which has haunted me for fifty years. For God's sake who cares. The 'wordly' yes, that's right lyrics are truly beautiful, fascinating, metaphysical, and above all masterfully poetic, so just let your imagination take you wherever it takes you. But all the while suck into your consciuosness this product of a poetic mind and wordsmith that has, and probably will never have, a contemporary peer.
If this aura doesn't do it for you, just switch off and take your collective pedestrianism elsewhere. All in the call for adventure to escape the reality of wandering the dirty streets for the wide open spaces and country field roads,or vice versa to find some meaning in life by going out and experience it. On the other hand, to my understanding. The Protagonist or the singer of this song, sympathetically brings to light ''the Mythological Wandering Jew'' that is playing to Mr. Tambourine in Mr.
Tambourine Man - James Last - Tanzen Und Träumen Mit James Last (CD) many colors disguised frame of mind with Mr. Tambourine Man - James Last - Tanzen Und Träumen Mit James Last (CD) unfortunate ''Sacrotized soul'' that ''was to walk the earth until the second coming of ''The Saviour''. Wherefore the Protagonist is assimilating this ancient presence to fuse upon the new age Pied Piper that he himself is ''playing and following'' to lead the youth on The Dionysian Path where spirited souls were in the unity of love and freedom for ''spiritual transcendence'' and redemtion that was swirling around and in the air of the 60's Which in all, danced away the youth of the flower children occasionally in a frenzy ecstasy of joy for love and peace that wanted to follow Him[God] home.
Or those who have been waiting for tomorrow on God's homecoming revelation. Drugs plain and simple. It was the 60s when they had lsd marijuana and pcp and other drugs that were out there. I feel the song is about a man who is struggling with the withdrawal of drugs, which has caused him to itch for a hit.
So he asks a drug dealer by the name of 'Mr Tambourine man'to give him a douse for the night, to make him feel better. I had a mean ass teacher in high school who called herself an old hippie and she played music that could have cost her her job, she threatened us not to tell anyone or she would be the bitch we all think she is. She told us to listen to Tamborine Man and what it was about, even the class stoners didn't know, she said it was obvious Mr. Tambourine Man - James Last - Tanzen Und Träumen Mit James Last (CD) Tamborine Man was his drug dealer I didn't even know what weed was back then, now duh!
Flying saucer ring a bell? The narrator desires to go on a trip with mr tambourine man song was written before Dylan dropped acid. If you see the magic swirling ship fly across the sun, it's not aimed at anyone not a missile it's escaping on the run for the sky there are no fences Mr.
Tambourine Man - James Last - Tanzen Und Träumen Mit James Last (CD) leaving the planet. The narrator is ready to go anywhere. The song is about intoxication: the means, not quite, Mr.
Tambourine Man - James Last - Tanzen Und Träumen Mit James Last (CD), important. It could be drugs, it could be love, and above all, it could be music.
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