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Oh hey look it’s the new Thanksgiving video from song-and-dance entertainer Bob Dylan. Can you find the secret list of presidents in this holiday polka? And why does Santa/Dylan leave out our two greatest presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush Junior? [YouTube]

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  1. I only made fun of Ken because I was so depressed that Bob Dylan in his late 60s is having better parties than I’ll ever attend. The wig, hat and scrupulously respectful distance of the camera tells me “terminal illness” so there’s some consolation at least.

  2. You may be an editor to Wonkette or True/Slant,
    You may like to snark, you might like to blog
    You may be the heavyweight solo hiker of the world,
    You may be a beatnick with an ample supply of spliffs

    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed Ken Layne
    You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
    Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
    But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

  3. KEN!

    How has Sully been treating you?

    Is his treasure trail really shaped like a question mark?

    Are you like totally sore yet, or is it not too bad?

    Is a funk remix of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” really on repeat for the entire 12 hours?

    Do the Patricks have beards, too?

    Do the Patricks even exist, and if so, what do they smell like?

    Do you need a ride home?

    So many questions!

  4. I recently saw Bob Dylan at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. All of his songs were about how evil the Jews are and the “afro-conspiracy.” I just figured he was getting old, but THIS WILL NOT STAND.

  5. Dylan rocks, who knew Jewish folk dancing was part of the Christmas tradition?
    And Godot, that’s a bit of a stretch, no wonder Vladimir got pissed off and climbed into a cab.

  6. Isn’t there a meme floating around that posits Dylan as some sort of mumble-mouthed seer whose last few albums predicted catastrophic things like 911 and the economic collapse?

    If so, this year’s War on Christmas is gonna be a dandy!

  7. Preznits? The only ones I heard him mention were President Dasher, President Dancer, President Prancer, President Vixen, President Comet, President Cupid, President Donder, and President Blitzen.

  8. [re=461715]Godot[/re]: Dylan always has been adroit at appropriating trad melodies for nefarious purposes; one wag estimated that he had copped more than 150, and that was back in the 1970’s. It’s a trick he picked up from Woody Guthrie and especially A.P. Carter, both master thieves (did you know “This Land Is Your Land” shares a melody with a Baptist hymn, “Oh, My Loving Brother”, which Carter also borrowed not once, but twice?). It’s the folk process and it’s okay; anybody who grew up in Hibbing would have been familiar with the Schnitzelbank song, and actually the two melodies are similar, but not the same — and the add-on chorus shtick is as old as “Old MacDonald” and “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.” I’ve become ever more of a fan of Malibu Bob over time, even as he got so old and ugly that, to borrow a Moms Mabley line, he has to sneak up on breakfast. He is a master songwriter and has a delightfully absurd sense of humor.

  9. [re=461754]user-of-owls[/re]: Well, sometimes, when there is too much milk sugar in the air, you know, and the White Angel Bitch whispers “Alive is bad” and — by the way, did you know that when I smoke I can draw the smoke into whatever part of my body I want? — then you just have to control the Beatles with this ball point pen clicker like I’m doing right now. — No, Nurse, the meds aren’t right. — So, can we agree that the ocean is basically composed of mattresses?

  10. 40 days and 40 nights of wandering between an ocean and a desert … I’d come back with a Dylan Christmas album, too.

    Actually I think this is Zimmie’s Bergman period. That video reminded me of Fanny and Alexander … on acid. Really speedy Jewish acid.

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