Friday, October 14, 2016

A Funny Palindrome Parody in Honor of Bob Dylan

A palindrome is a word, phrase, sentence or longer string of sentences that is spelled the same way right to left as left to right.

You either like love palindromes or you don't. And if you do, you probably have a number committed to memory.

I have a pretty awful memory, especially when it comes to words and letters, but I could reel off palindromes at you for as long as it took you to slowly drink a pint.

Or fall asleep.

Here are some famous ones:
Madam, I'm Adam. 
Able was I ere I saw Elba. 
A man, a plan, a canal - Panama!
And here are some slightly lesser known (but still quite fun) examples:
Sit on a potato pan, Otis. 
Semite Moses runs to Lot's nurse, sometimes. 
Go hang a salami - I'm a lasagna hog. 
The noon sex alert relaxes no one, H.T.
Here is my favorite whimsical short palindrome:
Elf farm raffle.
And so on.

Now consider Bob Dylan's famous "Subterranean homesick blues," especially his iconic short video of it from the film, Don't Look Back.

It's now almost fifty years old.

Weird Al Yankovic did a palindrome parody of it.

What could that possibly mean, you ask? You'll just have to see for yourself. Note, even if you have seen the Dylan short before, you should first re-watch the original two-minute video to appreciate the full effect of the parody. For full accuracy, Weird Al even temporarily resurrected Allen Ginsberg.

So, here's the original:

And here's the Palindrome version. It is of course called "Bob."


  1. May a moody baby doom a yam? (By far my favourite).

    1. Yeah. especially how he sings it in Dylanesque style--"dooooowm ah yeahmmmm!"

  2. This is so fun. Thanks for sharing. Jankovich should get the Noble Prize for Peace. He spreads mirth. Something in short supply in lands dominated by Islam.

  3. Couldn't see the palidrome version. It is blocked here.

  4. And it make about as much sense as does the original!

  5. He certainly has a talent. It looks easy but would be very hard to actually pull off.

  6. That was entertaining, Thank you!
    My fav: We panic in a pew