I'll take the scar-faced Pacino and the Godfather vandal
This refers to the actor Al Pacino and the film 1972 American film The Godfather
. The movie is about organized crime, family, and power. It's one of the most recognizable and referenced films in the United States.I study Sanskrit and Arabic to improve my mind
Sanskrit is an ancient Indian language. Arabic is spoken around North Africa and the Middle East.And I ask myself, "What would Julius Caesar do?"
Julius Caesar (100 BC to 44 BC) was leader of ancient Rome. The mention of his name here is a reference to a 2000s trend among American Christians, particularly Evangelical Christians. Those devotees frequently use the question "What would Jesus Do?" as a way to make good, moral decisions in life.
In the Bible's Matthew 22:21, Jesus says, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." The Christian world has a wide range of interpretations concerning the depth of meaning to that passage, but here Dylan's using it for some clever wordplay.
Dylan references Caesar another time in Rough and Rowdy Way
s, in the song "Crossing the Rubicon