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Temporary Like Achilles

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3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 John Hinchey calls this song the “troubled twin” of One of Us Must Know. He also notes the thematic similarity to She’s Your Lover Now, the outtake from the Blonde on Blonde sessions that appears on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Temporary Like Achilles is one of the weaker songs on Blonde on Blonde. The main problem is that the lyrics have a distinct thrown together feeling. “But is your heart made out of stone, or is it lime/Or is it just solid rock?” “I watch upon your scorpion/Who crawls across your circus floor”…  “Like a poor fool in his prime/Yes, I know you can hear me walk”… Not Dylan at his best.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 The last verse introduces the character, Achilles, the new lover of the woman in question. It’s interesting to consider why Dylan named the character Achilles, the hero warrior of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology. In at least one myth, Achilles is killed after being hit in the heel by an arrow (thus the term “Achilles’ heel”). In the song Achilles is the new “guard” of the ex-lover. I guess it makes some sense that a Greek warrior would make a good guard. Why is Achilles “temporary”? Is the narrator telling us that he was just a temporary plaything of his ex-lover, that the new lover Achilles will only be temporary as well? It’s a mystery I suppose.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Temporary Like Achilles has never been played live.

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10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Lyrics

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 Standing on your window, honey,
Yes, I’ve been here before.
Feeling so harmless,
I’m looking at your second door.
How come you don’t send me no regards?
You know I want your lovin’,
Honey, why are you so hard?

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Kneeling ‘neath your ceiling,
Yes, I guess I’ll be here for a while.
I’m tryin’ to read your portrait, but,
I’m helpless, like a rich man’s child.
How come you send someone out to have me barred?
You know I want your lovin’,
Honey, why are you so hard?

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Like a poor fool in his prime,
Yes, I know you can hear me walk,
But is your heart made out of stone, or is it lime,
Or is it just solid rock?

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Well, I rush into your hallway,
Lean against your velvet door.
I watch upon your scorpion
Who crawls across your circus floor.
Just what do you think you have to guard?
You know I want your lovin’,
Honey, but you’re so hard.

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Achilles is in your alleyway,
He don’t want me here,
He does brag.
He’s pointing to the sky
And he’s hungry, like a man in drag.
How come you get someone like him to be your guard?
You know I want your lovin’,
Honey, but you’re so hard.

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