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Dylan

The young Mr. Dylan performing in Greenwich Village

Bob Dylan - the musical pseudonym of Robert Allen Zimmerman - is a controversial American singer-songwriter, public figure, writer and activist. He rose to national prominence following the disasterous defeat of the U.S. Army of Northern Virginia in Operation Coca-Cola for his politically-charged publication of the song "God & the FBI". 

God & the FBI LyricsEdit

Mama's making mimeos. Pete's on the stereo

singing 'bout freedom, bugs in the bedroom

Big investigation - danger to the nation

Search and seizure, better buy a lawyer

"We know you're a member

"Saw you under cover

"Are you hiding evidence?"

None of this makes any sense


They called the FBI 

I had to disappear

Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men

Told 'em I was hiding here 

They could fingerprint my heart

I knew it from the start

Ain't no place for a face to hide

from God and the FBI


Commies, Pinkos, reds at the windows

Foreign agitators running elevators

J. Edgar Hoover in a pink tutu

investigating anyone who thinks like you

Welcome to the fifties

You look a little shifty


They called the FBI 

I had to disappear

Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men

Told 'em I was hiding here 

They could fingerprint my heart

I knew it from the start

Ain't no hole for a soul to hide

From God and the FBI


Stay flat, don't rat, What's a proletariat?

Stalin was a democrat - Washington is where it's at

Every politician is a sewer of ambition

Hide me, hide you - better hide the baby too

"We demand an interview

"How long have you been a Jew?

"We can make you testify

"Freedom is no alibi"


They called the FBI 

I had to disappear

Called the G-men, T-men, See-You-At-The-Scene men

Told 'em I was hiding here 

They could fingerprint my heart

I knew it from the start

Ain't no place for a face to hide

From God and the FBI

Impact of the Song & Dylan as a Public FigureEdit

Prior to his rise to national prominence, Dylan was a simple, obscure folk musician who expirimented with the then-nscant rock'n'roll movement. Initially, he was a strong supporter of the New Deal but cared little for being involved in politics. This changed as he went off to college, and became swept up in the anti-war and Pacifistic undercurrents among young adults.

"God & the FBI" was followed by several other notable songs, the most famous of which would be "The Times They are a-Changin'" and "With God on Our Side". Since obtaining public status, Dylan has had numerous confrontations with the FBI and other U.S. government investigative / intelligence / security personnel. He has been detained at least three times, harassed, illegally monitored and barred from performing on numerous occasions.

Author's NotesEdit

  • The Song "God & the FBI" was published in real life by Janis Ian in 2000. However, it is a fitting song for the altered climate of America in the Napoleon's Legacy Universe and as such has been repurposed.
  • I also moved the dates of Dylan's actual songs forward by a few years, since in real life they did not appear until '63-'64.

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