Now the bricks lay on Grand Street
Where the neon madmen climb
They all fall there so perfectly
It all seems so well timed
Grand Street might be a reference to the self-acclaimed grandeur of society, and the “neon madmen” is Bob Dylan’s way of presenting the average man’s fight to the top as idiotic. Consequently all of them fall to the street anyway, and Dylan might suggest that it all happens as a law of nature.
“Neon Madmen” is also likely a reference to the blinking, synchronized lights outside bars and hotels in busy downtowns. These neon signs (and the flashing American dream of success) are created by ‘mad men”, the ad men of Madison Ave NYC, now popularized in a TV drama.
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