Americana singer-songwriter Jason Isbell has a line from the tune tattooed on his arm. ("Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled. From across that lonesome ocean.") He explained to Mojo
"I was at the beginning of the relationship with my wife Amanda, and that song really resonated with me. It has that ambiguity, this line in particular. Dylan knows that he is being desperate and whiny and overbearing and masculine and wrong, I like the beauty of that.
It has a direct kinship to that Leonard Cohen line from Famous Blue Raincoat
, 'And thanks, for the trouble you took from her eyes. I thought it was there for good. So I never tried.' Cohen was better at the phrasing, and put more time into the editing, but Dylan had the genius. He could be observing from different places, different perspectives."