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Roving Gambler


excerpt from "Highway 61 Revisited":

Now the roving gambler was very bored
Trying to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said, "I never engaged in this kind of thing before,
But yes, I think it can be very easily done
We'll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it on Highway 61

In Robert Shelton's No Direction Home, he says that Dylan was really into the 1962 film A Face In The Crowd, starring Andy Griffith. He plays a country singer who makes it big it and gets corrupted along the way. Shelton reports that "Dylan was more shaken by A Face In The Crowd than any film since Rebel Without A Cause or The Wild One" (149). At one point in the film when Lonesome Rhodes (Griffith) realizes he's going to get rich as an advertising spokesman, he breaks out into a wild version of "Roving Gambler." [1]

"Dylan, the Everly Brothers and 'Roving Gambler'" by Chris Rollason

[1] contributed by Lauren Onkey