The cry of the peacock, flies buzz my head
Ceiling fan broken, there’s a heat in my bed
Street band playing "Nearer My God to Thee"
We met at the steeple where the mission bells ring
She said, "I know what you’re thinking, but there ain’t a thing
You can do about it, so let us just agree to agree"
Dylan's temporary conversion to a progressive form of evangelical Christianity during the late 1970s caused much clutching of pearls amidst aging counter-culture acolytes who continued to fantasize about a version of Dylan as a "movement leader" that he never really had been, nor sought to be. Taken as a piece with the rest of his catalog, however, Dylan's gospel period makes utter sense both in terms of musical and spiritual evolution. Many of his greatest and most enduring works date to this period, where the appetitive, avowedly sinful singer struggles mightily to walk the line, often to moving and comic effect. 1981's "Caribbean Wind" is a major work of Dylan's that he essentially abandoned in frustration, leaving it off of the album for which it was originally intended. Seven minutes of spiritual searching and carnal yearning that results in more questions than answers, verse after verse demonstrates the muscular power of his devotional work.Back to top