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GUEST,Paul Slade True Lies: Bob Dylan's Hattie Carroll (29) RE: True Lies: Bob Dylan's Hattie Carroll 14 Oct 09

I think the "head of the table" thing was probably part of Dylan's process of dramatising the song, ramping up Hattie's victim status to make his point a little more powerfully. He also calls Hattie "a maid of the kitchen" rather than (as she really was) a barmaid. As I say in the essay, I always suspect that she would have found that demotion quite mortifying.

There's quite a few factual discrepancies in Dylan's lyric - not least the "first degree murder" charge which he wrongly specifies - but the song as a whole is a magnificent success, and that's what counts in the end.

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