The Future is Now |
Great rock writers (e.g. Dylan, Springsteen, Lennon, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen)always seem to write songs then because they know we'll need them now. I was fortunate enough to work for a record store when his first three albums were released. Night Rally comes from 1978. He perfectly captures our times with his prescient imagery: there is someone on the signal wire; they are putting our names in the forbidden book and doing things that we don't want to see. That second verse sounds like a description of Nazi rallys and actions a world and several generations away. But in fact it's about you and me, pal, in the here and now. If we're not going to be part of the night rally, then we'd better get ready to sing in the showers.