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This is about changing established society, starting in the middle of a conversation between 2 people (the Joker and the Thief). The Thief sympathizes with the Joker, who wants to escape his position in life and hates the values of society. The third verse suddenly shifts the scene, changing from a conversation to an almost unrelated verse filled with imagery of princes, women, and barefoot servants guarding a castle, establishing a place in the past. These figures are said to represent established society. "Somewhere in the distance, a wildcat does growl" suggests danger is approaching, then suddenly "Two riders are approaching" links us back to the first two verses. The riders are the Joker and the Thief, coming to establish a different set of values. The guarded castle suggests there will be confrontation. (thanks, Jamie - Sydney, Australia)While Bob Dylan did the original version of the song, it wasn't as popular until remade by Jimi Hendrix. Dylan liked Hendrix' version so much, he began playing the Hendrix version instead of his own. Jimi Hendrix had replaced the harmonica parts with guitar, and sped up the song.In 2006, Australian Rock group Wolfmother had success with a song called "Joker & the Thief," which was inspired by lines from this song.In addition to Hendrix, this song has also been covered by Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, U2, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead and Neil Young. (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM, and Songfacts dot com for above 3)
Jennifer Hanson told AOL Music the story behind this song: "'73' is my story. It really kind of wrote itself. I was home a few summers back, and I was looking at an old photo album of pictures me when I was little. My parents got divorced when I was six years old, but I found this picture of me, my mom and my dad when I was just a couple months old, and it was amazing to me how happy and in love they looked, because I don't remember them that way. And as I was looking through this photo album, I was kind of looking at my life unfolding before me: Once they got divorced, then it's me with my mom at Christmas time, and Christmas with my dad, and then my brother came along. My dad went on to remarry and have two more children, and there were no pictures of the three of us together until I graduated from high school. And it just really put everything in perspective. Like that one decision - them not staying together - changed the whole course of my life. But what I realized is I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so grateful of I'm where I'm at. That's the path I was supposed to be on. And there are people that wouldn't be in my life had they stayed together, like my brother and my sister. I've been amazed how many people have responded to that song. They come up to me and say, 'That's my story,' even though it's my story. They relate to it, because they've lived that, too. That's all you can hope to do as an artist and a writer is touch people." songfacts dot com.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Change Is 21st Century Life
"I'm saying: 'When I was a little boy living in the last century, I thought about living in the future.' And then I thought: Fu--ing hell, this is the future. Things have changed so quickly. When my grandmother was born, there were two billion people and now it's six-and-a-half. We're using up our resources and we're growing and building and working. Everyone's stressed and I guess the world is just boiling, boiling, boiling out of control." ~ Sam Sparro, 21/04/2008
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