An imaginary interview with Bob Dylan:
Me: Bob, I know you won't go into what a song is about, and I might even buy the fact that you don't even know - but can you describe, when you began to write Senor - what was going on in your mind. Where were you? Were you high? Just anything about the writing process for that particular song.
Dylan: Uh, I think I wrote that while I was playing cards with some buddies of mine. Yeah. We were playin' cards and someone called me jokingly, Senor... and I was thinking about how that could be a good rhyme. That's about all I can say about that song.
Me: Nothing else? What was that whole thing about a train bogged down in a magnetic field?
Dylan: I don't know, man. Just something that made sense at the time.
Me: Okay, well let me ask you this. I know when you began, you did most of your writing on a typewriter. There are shots of you in Don't Look Back writing on a typewriter. How do you write these days?
Dylan: Yeah man. That typewriter - I remember it. Yeah. Nowadays I mostly write with a bic pen on a napkin. Sometimes on a paper towel.
Dylan: No - you can ask anyone that knows me. I often have a big roll of old paper towel with me. I think its Bounty paper towel. Remember that movie, man. Mutinty on the Bounty?
Me: Yeah. They made two or three versions of it.
Dylan: Yeah. That's right.
Me: You know that a lot of your songs are sort of mysterious. You can listen to them a lot, and not really make sense of them.
Dylan: You think so? People have told me that, but they make sense to me. At least at the time they make sense. Sometimes later on, I'm not so sure.
Me: Like, who was Johanna anyway?
Dylan: Johanna - man, I get asked that a lot. I think it was just a nonsense name. I do that a lot. I just liked the sound of it...
Me: So are you lookin' forward to this interview on 60 minutes?
Dylan: I really am. That cat, Ed Bradley is a trip. I've always wanted to meet him. That's the only reason I'm doin' the interview. That and to promote my new book. Actually, they sort of twisted my arm to do it - but that's okay too...