August 15th, 2012
Bob Dylan’s next record is going to have a long song about the sinking of the Titanic, 100 years ago. Dylan says,
“People are going to say: Well, it’s not very truthful. But a songwriter doesn’t care about what’s truthful. What he cares about is what should’ve happened, what could’ve happened. That’s its own kind of truth.”
That being the case, Dylan’s own take on the Titanic is fair game, and comic Tim Heidecker has recorded a speculative prediction of Bob’s as-yet-unheard song.
The thing is, Dylan is more than 40 years late, because the first and best extended fictional telling of the tale of the Titanic belongs to Jamie Brockett, who used an old Leadbelly song as a springboard. Brockett called the ship the USS for United States Ship, and not RMS for Royal Mail Ship, but hey man, it was 1969.
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