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THE DISEASE OF CONCEIT 1989 There's a whole lot of people suffering tonight From the disease of conceit. Whole lot of people struggling tonight From the disease of conceit.

“There's a whole lot of people suffering tonight” there are innumerable, countless people suffering from a symptom of some disorder of epidemic proportions “From the disease of conceit” from HIV/AIDS. Why “Conceit?” arrogance, Dylan had an unduly high opinion of his own abilities when it came to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases “Whole lot of people struggling tonight” many people are strenuously engaged by a problem caused by “the disease of conceit” HIV/AIDS.

Comes right down the highway Straight down the line Rips into your senses Through your body and your mind. Nothing about it that's sweet The disease of conceit.

“Comes right down the highway” comes right out of the American public where it first reached epidemic proportions before blowing back to sub-Saharan Africa “Straight down the line” and becomes part of America’s future; You Wanna Ramble 1986 “Well, I told my baby / Further down the line / I said, What happens tomorrow / Is on your head, not mine” “Rips” subjects you to a vehement attack entering “into your senses” into your sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell “Through your body and your mind” and does not forget a goddamn thing “Nothing about it that's sweet” nothing about it that is pleasing, it is immoral “The disease of conceit” HIV/AIDS.

There's a whole lot of people dying tonight From the disease of conceit, Whole lot of people crying tonight From the disease of conceit,

“There's a whole lot of people dying tonight” AIDS reached epidemic proportions and was considered a fatal disease when this poem was composed “From the disease of conceit” from HIV/AIDS “Whole lot of people crying tonight” many people are demanding an immediate remedy “From the disease of conceit” for HIV/AIDS

Comes right out of nowhere And you're down for the count From the outside world, The pressure will mount,


Turn you into a piece of meat, The disease of conceit.

“Comes right out of nowhere” suddenly it appears several years after infection “And you're down for the count” as HIV disease progresses, the T-cell count goes down from a normal count of 500-1500 cells in a cubic millimeter of blood (a drop, more or less) down to as low as zero. When the T-cell count goes below 200, there is an increased risk of opportunistic infections, and when the T-cell count drops below 50, the risk rises dramatically. Also “down for the count” as a knockout in boxing. Also as in Knocked Out Loaded, the title of a Bob Dylan LP. “From the outside world” from opportunistic infections “The pressure will mount” the state of urgently demanding notice and attention will surface “Turn you into a piece of meat” it will turn you into a corpse “The disease of conceit.”

Conceit is a disease That the doctors got no cure They've done a lot of research on it But what it is, they're still not sure

“Conceit is a disease” HIV/AIDS is a disease “That the doctors got no cure” that is still incurable “They've done a lot of research on it” there has been a lot of scientific study of the HIV/AIDS virus “But what it is, they're still not sure” this poem was written in the early 1980’s before the HIV virus was identified.

There's a whole lot of hearts breaking tonight From the disease of conceit Whole lot of hearts shaking tonight From the disease of conceit.

“There's a whole lot of hearts” many people’s central and innermost physical parts “breaking tonight” being weakened and destroyed in health; overwhelmed with adversity “From the disease of conceit” from HIV/AIDS “Whole lot of hearts shaking tonight” there are numerous human beings trembling in fear, there are many people trying to get rid of a disease “shake,” slang; to get rid of, ‘couldn't shake this cold’ “From the disease of conceit” from HIV/AIDS

Steps into your room Eats your soul Over your senses You have no control. Ain't nothing too discreet About of disease of conceit.

“Steps” enters abruptly and unwanted into a situation “into your room” into your life “Eats” and causes persistent annoyance and distress, eats away “your soul” your innermost being “Over your senses” that which you perceive by a physical sensation such as your bowels “You have


no control” you have no authority over your body and you become incontinent “Ain’t nothing too discreet” sarcastic; there is nothing one would wish to hide “About of disease of conceit” about HIV/AIDS.

There's a whole lot of people in trouble tonight From the disease of conceit, Whole lot of people seeing double tonight From the disease of conceit,

“There's a whole lot of people in trouble tonight” there are numerous people experiencing a condition of pain, disease, and malfunction “From the disease of conceit” from HIV/AIDS “Whole lot of people seeing double tonight / From the disease of conceit” about 75% of AIDS patients develop eye problems of some sort. The retina is most commonly affected. Tiny retinal hemorrhages and cotton-wool spots are early signs of infection and are often detected during an eye exam.

Give ya delusions of grandeur And a evil eye Give you idea that You're too good to die, Then they bury you from your head to your feet From the disease of conceit.

“Give ya delusions of grandeur” AIDS HIV will cause you to experience psychotic episodes “And a evil eye” involving paranoia; “Evil eye” a look or stare believed to cause injury and misfortune to others “Give you the idea that / You're too good to die” give you the delusion that you are not spoiled and ruined and you will not succumb to the virus “Then they bury you from your head to your feet” then they put you in your grave “From the disease of conceit.”


THE DISEASE OF HIV