The Ghost of Hamlet's Father Haunts Dallas
Revisiting Bob Dylan's song-poem about JFK's assassination on the singer-songwriter's 82nd birthday.
Bob Dylan turned 82 on Wednesday, an occasion to listen again to “Murder Most Foul, his interpretation of November 22, which takes it title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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In the late 1980s I saw Bob Dylan open for the Grateful Dead in RFK Stadium. He was touring with Tom Petty. Great show. I couldn’t understand why the Dead weren’t opening for Dylan and didn’t even stay for the whole Dead show. Boring.
Epic song by Dylan definitely worth listening to any time. Also, it is noteworthy that Phil Och's very first song was titled The Ballad of the Cuban Invasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yorR5V0stsA
"A thousand went to take the island
Chances strong(?) as broken twigs
And a thousand stayed there at the island
Met their fate fate at the Bay of Pigs
They were told when they arrived
They'd be helped by Castro's men
But they found out, those who survived
That the CIA was wrong again
Why were they wearing my country clothes?
Why were they spending my country's gold?
Who were the friends and who were the foes?
The headlines were lying, why wasn't I told?"