To Orwell Today,

Hi Jackie,

I see the debates continue here and on numerous net discussion forums as to its meaning. I believe Don was extremely creative. He included two distinctive insights into American culture. Obviously both very important and descriptive. Bob Dylanist fans have concluded that it's a reference to the King (Elvis) and the Jester (Dylan). Others may see Jagger as jumping Jack (flash). Anyway you pay your money and take your choice. Christians will recognise belief in book of love as God's bible with Jesus as King and jester being imposter or satan. All depends on where one stands or you jives. Long live rock n roll, man! Rock on TOMMY.

Raymond Wills

Hi Raymond,

Yes, the Elvis, Dylan, Jagger aspect is in there too. But a person doesn't have to be a Christian to recognize that there is reference to the Christian bible because the song lays it right out in the open:

"...Did you write the Book of Love and do you have faith in God above, if the Bible tells you so...the church bells all were broken and the three men I admire most, the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost..."

Those are obvious "Christian" references to anyone with a basic knowledge of the Christian bible.

There is a concept here that everyone seems to be overlooking which is the use of a "double-entendre", defined in my World Book dictionary as "a word or expression with two meanings, one of which is often indelicate or improper". I'm just amazed that the "destruction of America" angle (definitely improper) wasn't noticed before I brought it to people's attention. But maybe no one had ever read the words before and had just mindlessly sung along to the tune with preconceived notions, as had I at one time.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

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Jackie Jura
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