The song is so short that David Dodd at Dead.net suggests it may have been an intentional fragment
. "I think this is one of those songs constructed intentionally by Garcia (and Hunter?) to be a fragment," Dodd says. "They've talk in interviews about loving the old, collected songs that were fragments."
In the song, Rosemary sits before a mirror, which is interesting because Aoxomoxoa
is a mirror-word that is spelled exactly the same forwards or backwards. Also, the whole album, as Dodd observes, "speaks to reflections."