JFK in living color

Bob Dylans’ ‘Murder Most Foul’

From America’s greatest living poet, a low-key rumination on the meaning of November 22, 1963.

Dylan joins Robert Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Charles DeGaulle, Fidel Castro and a majority of Americans in believing JFK was killed by political enemies.

Or you can listen to the warbling of Chris Matthews.

Dylan illuminates two things brilliantly, I think:

  1. The culture of denial

What is the truth, and where did it go?

Ask Oswald and Ruby; they oughta know

‘Shut your mouth,’ said the wise old owl

Business is business, and it’s a murder most foul

2. The nature of the ambush

The day they blew out the brains of the king

Thousands were watching; no one saw a thing

It happened so quickly, so quick, by surprise

Right there in front of everyone’s eyes

Greatest magic trick ever under the sun

Perfectly executed, skillfully done

Wolfman, oh wolfman, oh wolfman howl

Rub-a-dub-dub, it’s a murder most foul

For complete lyrics to Murder Most Foul, click here.

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