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40 year old Bob Dylan song "Isis"
predicted the Iraq story in amazing detail

Forward music to 4:30
Read the notes and lyrics below


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Art predicts reality - again


Sometimes artists go so far out when deep in the creation process that they come back with stories from the future.

This has nothing to do with "news" but it does have to do with the remarkable ways the human mind works sometimes.

But first on a practical note: Where did the name ISIS comes from?

I can tell you this: It doesn't mean squat in Arabic.

You don't think a bunch of CIA hacks sitting around a conference table came up with it, do you?


Here are the truly remarkable parallels between Dylan's song ISIS written forty years ago, immediately current events and the story of the self-imposed disaster the US has created in the Middle East.

What does it all mean? Heck, I don't know, but here are the lyrics - and you know the rest.

Fast forward the video to 4:30.


We set out that night for the cold in the North

I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word
(Many Americans basically handed their economic destiny
over to the likes of Colin Powell in exchange for nothing
more than his word that Iraq was 'a threat.' Now the
US economy is in ruins as a result of the wars.)

I said, “Where are we goin’?” He said we’d be back by the fourth
(Rumsfeld, Rice and fellow criminals assured the public the war would be
over and troops would be home in time for 4th of July parades and the answer
to "where are we goin'" and why was never answered.)

I said, “That’s the best news that I’ve ever heard”
(Who made the war possible at the end of the day? The
rah-rah Pentagon loving US news media which fed Americans
nothing but "good news" about the war and mayhem there.)

I was thinkin’ about turquoise, I was thinkin’ about gold
I was thinkin’ about diamonds and the world’s biggest necklace

(It was a war for theft, nothing more and nothing less, and the
people of the world were totally against it staging
the biggest anti-war demonstrations before a war in recorded

As we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold
I was thinkin’ about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless

How she told me that one day we would meet up again
And things would be different the next time we wed
If I only could hang on and just be her friend
I still can’t remember all the best things she said

(In light of the revelations that the US trained ISIS,
the idea of meeting up again and things being
different takes on new resonance.)

We came to the pyramids all embedded in ice
(If pyramids and a culture frozen in time isn't
an image of the Middle East I don't know what is.)

He said, “There’s a body I’m tryin’ to find
If I carry it out it’ll bring a good price”

(The bogus 'hunt' for Bin Laden.)

’Twas then that I knew what he had on his mind

The wind it was howlin’ and the snow was outrageous
We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn

When he died I was hopin’ that it wasn’t contagious
But I made up my mind that I had to go on

(Well, Iraq is dead. Poisoned by the US. Will the
contagion spread back to the US? It's sure looking
that way. Evidence: Its economy, its standing in the world,
the degeneration of its laws and 'law enforcement' in the
name of fighting the 'war on terror.' And what is the
US doing? It's made up it's mind to keep going on.)

I broke into the tomb, but the casket was empty
There was no jewels, no nothin’, I felt I’d been had
When I saw that my partner was just bein’ friendly
When I took up his offer I must-a been mad

(For anyone who thought any possible good could
come of the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq
maybe now they finally have a clue.)

I picked up his body and I dragged him inside
Threw him down in the hole and I put back the cover
I said a quick prayer and I felt satisfied

(Well even an artist like Dylan could not predict
the insane story Obama & Co. cooked up about
putting Bin Laden's body in a bag, flying it over
1000 miles and dumping it at sea. Oddly, Saddam
Hussein was reportedly found in a hole in the ground
with a cover on it.)

Then I rode back to find Isis just to tell her I love her
(After completing the narrative of finding and
killing Bin Laden, the US focused on destabilizing
other countries with the help of groups like ISIS)

She was there in the meadow where the creek used to rise
(Iraq = Mesopotamia meaning "place between the rivers")

Blinded by sleep and in need of a bed
I came in from the East with the sun in my eyes
I cursed her one time then I rode on ahead

She said, “Where ya been?” I said, “No place special”
She said, “You look different.” I said, “Well, not quite”
She said, “You been gone.” I said, “That’s only natural”
She said, “You gonna stay?” I said, “If you want me to, YES!”

(The US 'withdrew from Iraq.' Now something that
is US trained and armed and looks different is coming
back. And here's the sick punchline to "You gonna stay?"
Answer: "Yes!" US back in Iraq and deeper in the nightmare
it created in the region than ever.)

Isis, oh, Isis, you're mystical child
(The ISIS thugs claim to be motivated by deep held
religious beliefs.)

What drives me to you is what drives me insane
(The 30+ year passion US spooks have for training and arming
violent nut jobs in the Middle East is surely insane, but
the government appears addicted to the practice.)

I still can remember the way that you smiled
On the fifth day of May in the drizzlin’ rain

These are the rest of the lyrics that come at the beginning
of the song - not on the video

I married Isis on the fifth day of May
(Roughly the day ISIS began its attacks in Iraq)

But I could not hold on to her very long
(The US and "peace" in Iraq)
Update: It gets deeper. It turns out the US military trained ISIS
as a weapon against Syria and clearly it didn't hold on to 'her' long.

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
(What happens when you're inducted into the military)

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong
(Cowboy George Bush's idiot pronouncement that the war
was easy and won: "Mission Accomplished!")

I came to a high place of darkness and light

The dividing line ran through the center of town
(Sunni and Shiites)

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down
(This part never happened. The real story is more
bizarre. Troops were ordered to turn their laundry
over to private contractors to do at a cost of $100
per load. True story. Look it up.)

A man in the corner approached me for a match
I knew right away he was not ordinary
He said, “Are you lookin’ for somethin’ easy to catch?”
I said, “I got no money.” He said, “That ain’t necessary”

Copyright © 1975 by Ram's Horn Music; renewed 2003 by Ram’s Horn Music

Update: It turns out that the US military trained ISIS as a vehicle to destabilize Syria.


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