The theme of the song is not what fans generally see from Dylan. Its distinction almost certainly stems from the fact that it was co-written with a fellow by the name of Jacques Levy.
Levy, a clinical psychologist, English professor, songwriter, and theater director, met Dylan through Roger McGuinn
of the Byrds. The two decided to collaborate, and in 1976 Levy co-wrote all but two songs ("One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
" and "Sara
") on the Desire
"Catfish" was also written and recorded to be on the album, but did not make the final cut. The song surfaced 15 years later on 1991's The Bootleg Series Volume 1-3 (Rare and Unreleased) 1961-1991