I like to rock out, when my feelings about a political situation have exceeded my opportunities to do anything, and some of the songs on this album express a lot about my own political stance. Most surprisingly, since September 11, 2001, the song "Neighborhood Bully" seems to be about us as much as it is about anybody. Rocking out isn't always complementary, and Bob Dylan has written some songs which seem to express a particular situation more than they might express how any decent person would feel about a situation. A key phrase in "Neighborhood Bully" is he wandered the Earth, "an exiled man," and a lot of people who came to the United States of America prior to World War II because of the situation in Germany, which spread throughout that continent in a manner that made the United States a perfect place for them (a lot of people from Europe were very interested in the possibilities of atomic physics) to start building atomic bombs, and the United States probably spent a trillion dollars since then to provide weapons of such magnitude that no one would even think of trying to push the superpower to destroying the world as rapidly as that could be accomplished. If we haven't actually destroyed the world yet, it is probably because we have become so good at being the neighborhood bully in this song, when we couldn't get some little nation to do it for us, possibly after a surprise attack on its own government. This isn't the time, what with all the international war crimes charges already being pushed, to be naming names, but "Man of Peace" has about as little ambiguity about who (Satan is mentioned, without actually calling him Mephisto) is doing what to whom as "License to Kill," which is pretty clear to me. People might have to learn to listen to these songs the right way in order to hear anything, but I've looked at the words enough to know that there is plenty of meaning here for me.