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permalink #26 of 38: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Wed 14 Dec 05 08:03
    
I never doubted there was a real Sweet Jane who lost her sparkle. I
hope she is still around, there are too many gone too early. "Drugs was
our Vietnam".
  
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permalink #27 of 38: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Oct 12 11:25
    

Anybody notice that for the first several weeks of this song's existence,
Bobby sang "Garlands of neon"?  There were several other awkward things that
were worked out in the early days.  The first few times, he sang "Detroit and
Chicago" instead of vice versa.  Much less clumsy to sing "Chicago, New
York..."
  
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permalink #28 of 38: Alex Allan (alexallan) Fri 12 Oct 12 12:07
    
Interesting - and would be interesting to know what Hunter originally
wrote, given Bobby's tendency to want to amend Hunter's lyrics. If
"Garlands of neon" was the original lyric, Hunter nonetheless seems to
have adopted "Arrows" as the 'official' version.
  
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permalink #29 of 38: David Gans (tnf) Fri 12 Oct 12 13:40
    
So I saw.

I haven't had much luck getting info out of Hunter over the last few years,
so I won't annoy him by asking.
  
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permalink #30 of 38: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 15 Oct 12 10:27
    
No, not worth it. "Garlands" is fun, though!
  
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permalink #31 of 38: David Gans (tnf) Mon 15 Oct 12 10:46
    
Yeah.  A VERY hard word to sing in that spot, and "arrows" works perfectly.
  
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permalink #32 of 38: *%* (jewel) Mon 15 Oct 12 11:15
    
I heard arrows as eros for way longer than I'd care to admit.
  
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permalink #33 of 38: David Gans (tnf) Mon 7 Oct 13 07:44
    

Yesterday on SiriusXM's "Tales from the Golden Road," we talked about the
line "Dallas got a soft machine," wondering what it might refer to.

Today I got this email:

> I'll be God damned. Until this weekend I thought Dallas had a soft blue
> sheen.  Just goes to show.
  
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permalink #34 of 38: David Dodd (ddodd) Mon 7 Oct 13 09:35
    
Ha! Maybe Dallas DOES have a soft blue sheen...

Any other good speculations?
  
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permalink #35 of 38: Gary Burnett (jera) Mon 7 Oct 13 10:26
    
I've always assumed that it was a reference to the Burroughs novel,
but what it means I don't have the slightest.
  
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permalink #36 of 38: Robin Russell (rrussell8) Mon 7 Oct 13 14:14
    
I recall reference to a club in Dallas by that name back in the day.
  
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permalink #37 of 38: Tim Lynch (masonskids) Fri 11 Oct 13 08:42
    
So was the Doo Dah man the guy in the R. Crumb comic?
  
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permalink #38 of 38: Christian Crumlish (xian) Fri 11 Oct 13 22:39
    
there is another theory that it refers to the political machine in
that city being less corrupt (bribe-demanding) and harsh to a
passing-through band of druggies or trucker-with-freight
  



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