And I've got a date with the
His “date” was with the “Fairy Queen”, which seems like the character introduced by William Shakespeare, in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Edmund Spencer, also in the 1590s, completed half of his epic poem, “Faerie Queen”
Queen Elizabeth I loved it for it’s profound Christian moral allegories. In fact, “The Faerie Queen”, was of such pure, virtuous nobility, it was believed to have been inspired by the “virgin queen”, herself.
Based on the context of this verse, I think his “date with the fairy queen” implies that in the group of women of blatantly loose virtue, that his score with the “fairy queen” oozes with hyperbolic sarcasm, like if you call an “idiot”, “genius”, as an extra-exaggeration.
He is like a Tom-cat, on the prowl after midnite, for one thing alone: This defines his whole purpose, “his day has begun”; This need is beyond his control.
While the lyrics may appear ostensibly misogynist, the women are secondary to the theme of his ugly carnal instincts, and self-abasement.
He’s deriding himself for being slave to this base addiction.
When you think about Bob’s love songs and his sensitive image, instead of staying true to his own virtuous nature, and partners, saving this form of unique love-making intimacy for true love, he is prostituting himself, looking for the intimacy with these vile women who he cannot even relate to as human beings, and who are open to anyone who can pay.
Of all Dylan’s lifetime addictons, he can’t overcome this.
Only Dylan can masterfully self-abase with such delicately ironic grace.
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