Keith Pavlischek, writing at First Things, highlights a portion of an interview with Bob Dylan that you just gotta love:
Flanagan: In [your new song] IF YOU EVER GO TO HOUSTON the character sends messages to three sisters in Dallas; two get off with a friendly greeting but then the other is warned to “Pray the Sinner’s Prayer.” What’s the Sinner’s Prayer?
Dylan: That’s the one that begins with “Father forgive me for I have sinned.”
I wish I could have been there to see the look on the interviewer’s face for that deadpan.
For all the sadness, yearning, and dark humor on this album, Dylan, as always, does not present himself as a man without hope. He’s just investing it where he feels it rightfully belongs. In that, as in much else, he’s a model of consistency, and the music that still flows from this tower of American song seems to be striking chords with more listeners than ever before.
It’s a fine album. I’m amazed that this guy can still put out such remarkable songs.