I'm in no great hurry
I'm not afraid of your fury
I've faced stronger walls than yours
At first glance, “Soon After Midnight,” with its 1950’s doo-wop swing, might seem playfully flirtatious, conjuring images of prom nights and dance halls. Although the song starts out sweet, as Dylan searches “for phrases” to sing the “praises” of the woman he has just met, it becomes increasingly lyrically aggressive, as Dylan transitions from interested suitor to boorish pursuant. With his harsh and rasping vocals, Dylan tells the woman he is prepared to break down her resistance, saying he’s “faced stronger walls” of more difficult women than she. This statement is unsettling, even mildly predatory, when set against the sweetness of the music.
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