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Coverdown: Freewheelin 206 / Freewheelin-on-line take 8
 

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I thought it was about time that we had some heavenly hosts on the front cover of a Freewheelin’. This lot appear by courtesy of the 17th Century painter Domenikos Theotopolous – ‘El Greco’ to his mates (1541–1614). 

The painting is called ‘The Burial of Count Orgaz’ and is based on a legend of a Count who was so deeply religious that Saint Augustine turned up at his funeral to assist in the lowering of the Count’s body to its final resting place. 

In my picture Dylan is standing immediately behind Saint Augustine and he is telling the Saint about this dream he once had. Upon hearing this, the Saint turns round to speak to Dylan thus taking his eye off the corpse (who looks very much like Edmund Blackadder). Fearing that the body of the Count will fall to the ground, Groucho, Chico and Harpo, who are on their way to the opera, let out a cry to the heavenly hosts. As he looks up, Groucho sees another familiar face looking down. 

Whilst all this is going on a jealous monk enters the chamber. This character, on the extreme left of the picture, seems so out of place it may that he has wandered into the wrong masterpiece! On the other hand his dark and sombre presence may represent what the painting is really about i.e. being carried away by death. On that basis the jealous monk is someone who is always, always , ALWAYS waitin’ for you. Hey, that’s a good title for a song!

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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