You know I can’t believe we’ve lived so long and are still so far apart
The memory of you keeps calling after me like a rolling train
Writer Katherine Weiss talked about the juxtaposition of the song’s narrator watching the movie and remembering his former lover:
Shepard and Dylan tackle the myth we call the American Dream; in “Brownsville Girl” this is done through a comparison between old Western romances and the modern-day romances along the border towns of Texas. Each time Dylan, the songster, recalls the film, he is reminded of the Brownsville girl whose “memory … keeps callin’ after [him] like a rollin’ train.” The reason this particular woman haunts the protagonist is, of course, love, or more specifically, a lost love.
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