Flow river flow

Deborah Orin has an interesting article in today’s New York Post on the Kerry bimbo eruption: “Kerry rips intern rumors.” Orin reports: “A woman whose name has been linked to Kerry but who is not an intern isn’t talking to the press, said a man who answered her cell phone. The Kerry campaign didn’t respond to questions about whether Kerry knows the woman or whether he had invited her to Washington to discuss his campaign with her.”
I headed one of my posts on Kerry yesterday — the post on Daniel Henninger’s column characterizing Kerry as a sixties figure — “Born to be wild,” alluding to the Steppenwolf song that was a highlight of the “Easy Rider” soundtrack. “Flow river flow” alludes to the beautiful late Byrds’ theme song from the movie, “Ballad of Easy Rider,” to which Bob Dylan famously contributed the first line: “The river flows, it flows to the sea.” Roger McGuinn completed the song, perfectly finishing Dylan’s thought in the spirit of “Easy Rider”: “Wherever that river flows, that’s where I want to be.”
Kerry may be forcing us through the Byrds’ terrific “Ballad of Easy Rider” and “Easy Rider” soundtrack albums. If so, I wonder whether we may have occasion to invoke the lovely Byrds’ version of Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee” to discuss the lady in issue, or if we should have done so earlier.


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