In 1965, Bob Dylan wrote "Farewell, Angelina
," which was released by Joan Baez that year. Sixteen years later, Dylan wrote "Angelina" for his 1981 album Shot of Love
. The song didn't make the track list, and like Dylan's version of "Farwell, Angelina," appeared in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1—3: Rare & Unreleased
Both songs use surrealistic imagery, and it's not clear who Angelina is in either one. Each song also suggests impending doom.
The doom is more pronounced in "Farewell, Angelina," but also unmistakably there in this song. Many lines suggest despair and destruction, but the most definitive is, "I can see the unknown rider, I can see the pale white horse." This is a reference to Revelation 6:8 in the Bible, which reads:I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.