Dylan has done this before, using a bluesman as a figure of spiritual purity in a moral wasteland, in "Blind Willie McTell
." Two lines in particular tie the songs together.
"Goodbye Jimmy Reed" has:Came to see where he's lying in this lost land
"Blind Willie McTell" has:Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, "This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
In both cases, Dylan contrasts the musician with a lost, condemned land. In both cases, the songs are full of overt Christian allusions.