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December 03, 2008


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Thank you for your post and the detailed background on Red River Shore. It is my personal favorite on Tell Tale Signs as well; an absolute Dylan classic. The allegory you suggest is one that I find valid for this song as with countless others. The more compelling interpretation, for me, is one that isn't an interpretation at all. The idea that this is a real woman, a lover, whom no one can 'know' like the narrator, whom no one or nothing can replace or ultimately offer any solace in the face of her loss.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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