She said, “Welcome to the land of the living dead”
You could tell she was so broken hearted
She said, “Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt”

from Bob Dylan – Brownsville Girl Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

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Shepard’s motif of the bitter disappointment ripe in America resonates throughout “Brownsville Girl.” Not only is the protagonist “broken-hearted,” but Ruby, who lives on the “wreckin’ lot” with her absent lover Henry Porter, also reveals her crushed dreams. She says: “Welcome to the land of the living dead. … Even the swap meets around here are getting corrupt.” Disappointed by her zombie-like life and the corruption of her world, Ruby gently scolds the protagonist and his girl: “Ruby just smiled and said, ‘Ah, you know some babies never learn.’”

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