Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon

from Bob Dylan – It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) Lyrics on Rap Genius


An eclipse in the middle of the day even shadows the rich born with a silver spoon in their mouths. Also, when Christ was crucified there was darkness at the break of noon

Darkness at the break of Noon is a reference to the book ‘Darkness at Noon’ by Arthur Koestler which tells the story of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government which he had helped to create.

Alternatively this line also could to imply that he is “taking the day off” to have a fix of heroin.

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