Bob Dylan’s Masters of War is a hard-hitting, anti-war song produced more than 20 years before any current Boulder High School student was born.
More than 40 years after its release, the song has been resurrected at Boulder High with huge and confusing repercussions that prompted Secret Service agents to pay the campus a visit Thursday.
Some students and parents apparently let the Secret Service and talk-radio stations know they were unhappy with the plan of a trio of students to do a poetry reading of the song, accompanied by background music, according to Ron Cabrera, the school’s principal.
Rumors were rampant that during an audition and rehearsal for today’s talent show, the students changed Dylan’s powerful last verse at the end of the song to say that they hoped that President Bush was going to die.
The last verse begins: “And I hope that you die; And your death’ll come soon.”
Psst. Nobody tell the freepers about Neil, okay?