Whenever I listen to ‘The ballad of Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts’ (one of my favourite Dylan songs) I invariably get it stuck in my head. This generally means that I’m singing it constantly for at least 24 hours. When this happens, I get the lyrics mixed up.
Sometimes with hilarious consequences.
If you’ve never heard it, it’s immensely long with many verses, which means that the potential for mix-ups is far greater.
One of the lines is ” Rosemary combed her hair and took a carriage into town.” Bob, being Bob, slurs the ‘r’s in carriage so it sounds a little like ‘cabbage.’
Hilarious moment #1.
Another line is “Lily took her dress off, buried it away.”
So, if you ever hear me sing “Lily took her dress off and took a cabbage into town” that’s what I’ve done.
It has a nice ring to it though…