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I’ve gotten a lot of folks coming here for the information on the actual song featured in the show.

All of the details are available here, at the song-arranger’s site.

The portion of the show with the full song can be seen & heard here.

According to Bear McCreary, they will be releasing a Galactica soundtrack album in August to coincide with the Direct-to-DVD movie. That soundtrack will feature their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along The Watchtower’.

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Do I have a tag for “complete nerd-out”?  No, I don’t think so.   Regardless, this is it.  I’m gonna slice up the lyrics to the Bob Dylan song*** and analyse them against the Battlestar Galactica story.   Why?  Because it’s Monday.  That’s why.

There must be some way out of here

It’s the search for Earth and the hope that Earth implies.  The “here” is most probably the constant and tiring vacuum of space.

said the Joker to the Thief

I believe that The Joker is the human faction, and The Thief is the Cylon faction.   I’m still betting on the fact that The 4/5ths are not Cylons per se, but a unification force.

There’s too much confusion

Isn’t everyone confused?  The last two seasons have built a muddle where bad and good meld into a mess.

I can’t get no relief

Well, clearly that’s obvious.  Both fleets are on an exhausting space journey that seems to have no end.

Businessmen, they drink my wine

Wine is a universal symbol for the spirit of life–ask anyone who’s taken communion.   This line talks about how the day-to-day struggle saps the spirit of the humans.   (After all, it is the Human Faction who is speaking here, in the guise of The Joker.)

plowmen dig my earth

Again the Joker (Human faction) is complaining about the feeling of rape at the hands of everyman.   Earlier in the episode Lee Adama said the Humans had become a gang.   This is more expression of that.

None of them along the line know what any of it is worth

Clearly the rag-tag fleet of humans is still mired in the pettiness of everyday life and are not entirely grasping the larger concepts of life and freedom.   That was obvious in the trial and at the way the gallery was so easily led.

“No reason to get excited” the Thief, he kindly spoke

Now we’re to the Cylon portion of the song, assuming that The Thief is the Cylon faction–which I believe he is.  The Cylons have already been shown to be the monotheistic and more faith-based culture of the two.   This line is typical of the Cylons trying to impart their god on the humans.  (Think Leoben and Six)

“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke”

Look! Brother Cavill has his own line of the song!  Of course this could apply to many in the human fleet as well.

But you and I, we’ve been through that and this is not our fate

Once again, the song can be taken to prove out my theory of the 4/5ths being unifiers.   They’ve been through the vacillations of the joke of life and are pursuing a higher truth.

So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late

The two factions have been chasing around the vastness of space for awhile.   The time has come to get serious about going to Earth.   The hour IS getting late as they run out of fuel, patience and the dream of civilisation.

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view while all the women came and went, barefoot servants too.

There are some (princes) on earth who are waiting for the approaching fleets.  The women and servants are the generations who have lived and died during the 13th colony’s vigil.

Outside in the distance, a wildcat did growl

The war between the Cylons and humans that set this whole thing in motion.

Two riders were approaching

The Humans and Cylons are at last approaching earth

The wind began to howl

Winds of change are blowing, man.   The answer is blowing in that wind.

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So there you have it.

***I’m so tired of reading various blogs and articles that call AATW a Hendrix song, a U2 Song, a Dave Matthews song.   There was even one joker who referred to it as a Dave Matthews cover of a Hendrix song.    AAACK!!!!

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Battlestar Galactica Spoilers Abound Throughout

Well, that was something. Who woulda thunk that the big trigger for the Final 4/5ths would be a Bob Dylan cover? And of all the Dylan songs out there, why this one? Wouldn’t Maggie’s Farm have been a better choice?

Alas, no, I kid. The husband and I did immediately start quoting the song lyrics to each other the minute the characters started speaking them line by line. Honestly, you can’t hear someone say “There must be some way out of here” without automatically thinking “…said the joker to the thief”.

This, coupled with the reappearance of Starbuck that I sort of predicted a few weeks ago makes me think that there’s something hinky with the timeline of the BSG universe, and that intrigues me.

There are a lot of snatches of music you could use as an oblique plot point. Think Close Encounters and those specific five tones, and you’ll know what I mean. But using All Along The Watchtower clearly grounds the entire Battlestar Galactica Universe in a specific time and culture. The writers are trying to tell us something, to be sure.

There are several possibilities. Is the journey of the fleet and their war with the Cylons is actually running parallel to our current time? Did the Cylons find Earth AND a way to manipulate time backwards that allowed them the use of that particular song? These are the questions which most intrigue me right now.

I will say that I don’t think the Final Five Cylons are actually Cylons in the same way that we’ve grown accustomed to. For lack of a better way to explain myself, I’m presuming we’ll see that The Five (four of whom were revealed tonight) are a sort of Meta-Cylon, much like Babylon 5‘s Elder Races. It will be as though the fleet humans and the skinjob generation of Cylon are the two feeder-streams from which the new race will be born.

Of course, as the BSG scriptures say, all of this has happened before and all of it will happen again. I suppose they could always use that as an ‘out’. I’ll be honest, though. When they said “all”, I was pretty sure that didn’t encompass things so esoteric as Bob Dylan. But who’s to say?

Heard the tongues of angels and the tongues of men. Wasn’t any difference to me.

total nerd update
I decided to go ahead and hammer out my lyrics analysis. Who said all these years of literary criticism were wasted? Well, yeah, they are. But it’s at least as fun as cross-stitching.

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