Outside in the distance
A wildcat did growl

from Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Now we switch to a little farther away from the watchtower. The folks in the watchtower seem to be sensing that something is coming, they are keeping the view and waiting to see something. But they don’t see an army or anything of the sort. They are getting indications from nature itself that the world is about to change.

This could also be a biblical reference to the coming of the Lion of Judah.

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