"New heaven over a brand new sky/New breed of wonder on the vine/Among the living there is new promise in this night/New arms to hold back the revolution/New eyes to recognize what you've become/New blood to recover a new will to honor all God's creations … New shepherd roaming through the tall grass/A new temple rising through the falling ash/That buries the tracks of millions of boots marching in packs"
—from "All Things New Again"
In the late '70s, Bob Dylan shocked everyone by declaring Christ as his savior, and expressed his newfound faith through three openly evangelical albums between 1979 and 1981. Since then, however, he's become far more enigmatic about his personal beliefs—some say he's switched to Judaism, others believe he's simply become private about the matter. He still makes biblical references in his songs, though it's not always clear where the American folk legend is coming from.
Poetic, cryptic, and sometimes spiritual … like father, like son. And since 35-year-old Jakob Dylan was close to ten when his father embraced Christianity in the '70s, it makes sense that his dad's newfound faith might have rubbed off on him to some extent. There's no evidence of this based on earlier albums by the younger Dylan's band, The Wallflowers, but 2002's Red Letter Days offered a few biblical references, not to mention the album's title—just what crimson colored text was he referring to?
Rebel, Sweetheart, the band's fifth, touches on spiritual matters even more, though it's a seemingly bleak spirituality. One would surmise that the apprehension expressed here is inspired by events in the Middle East. But as told to Paste Magazine, Dylan is intentionally vague to give more timelessness and ...1
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