On his new Dylanesque blog, Jim Cody has a comprehensive report on Bob Dylan and ‘cars’ in his songs.
“In Dylan’s most recent videos, cars play prominent roles. In “When the Deal Goes Down,” the always double-barrel beautiful Scarlett Johansson is in a red convertible. A car is used by a woman as a weapon against her abusive mate in “Beyond Here Lies Nothin‘” (“cars” is used to rhyme with “ours” in that song). And most recently, in “Duquesne Whistle” a van (okay, not a car) is a source of terrorism for the Charlie Chaplin-esque young lover. Cars are vehicles for many things in Dylan.”