Tweeter and the Monkey Man: Dylan, Springsteen, THS Jun 18, 2020 21:37:20 GMT -5
Post by skywaywalker on Jun 18, 2020 21:37:20 GMT -5
On the eve just before the release of Bob Dylan's new album Rough and Rowdy Ways, I was thinking about the song he wrote as a Traveling Wilbury (with a few minor contributions from the other members) called "Tweeter and the Monkey Man".
(The Traveling Wilburys were a supergroup whose members were Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne).
I would say it's the Dylan written song most like a THS song in its plot and themes. According to Wikpedia:
The song tells the story of two drug dealers – Tweeter and the Monkey Man – their nemesis, the "Undercover Cop", and the cop's sister, Jan, a longtime love interest of the Monkey Man...
Additionally this song is connected to Bruce Springsteen:
"Tweeter and the Monkey Man" is sometimes regarded as a playful homage to the songs of Bruce Springsteen, who was often hailed as "the next Dylan" early in his career. The lyrics include the titles of many Springsteen songs, and the song borrows many of Springsteen's themes. The setting of the song itself is New Jersey, Springsteen's home state and the setting for many of Springsteen's own songs. New Jersey locations such as Rahway Prison and Jersey City are mentioned by name. Springsteen song title references include: "Stolen Car", "Mansion on the Hill", "Thunder Road", "State Trooper", "Factory", "The River", and a song made popular by Springsteen but written by Tom Waits, "Jersey Girl". Additionally, "Lion's Den" and "Paradise" are each mentioned and prominently enunciated in the song, each being the title of a Springsteen song released after the Traveling Wilburys album. (Wikipedia)
(One reference I noticed not mentioned in the Wikipedia passage above is a line mentioning Highway 99, which suggests Johnny 99).
www.songlyrics.com has lyrics for "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" with Bruce Springtseen as the performer.
So either whoever put it on songlyrics got confused and thought it actually was a Springsteen song, or the Boss actually did cover it at some point; though I'm not finding evidence for that in searching.