It would be nit-picky to complain about the order and choice of songs placed on Robert Hilburn's list of 50 Dylan songs ("Bob Dylan: A Legend Turns 50," May 19). As my wife says, that's why God created tutti-frutti ice cream.
But, hold onto our hat, because here comes a major revelation: "Ballad of a Thin Man" (No. 11 on Hilburn's list) is not the social document he makes it out to be. The song is, in fact, about a homosexual orgy:
You walk into the room
With your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked and you say ,
"Who is that man?" . . . The sword swallower he comes up to you and then he kneels
He crosses himself and then he clicks his high heels. . . . You raise up your head
And you ask, "Is this where it is?"
And somebody points to you and says, "It's his"
And you say, "What's mine?"