"The subject of the song is the arrival of the mighty Quinn (an Eskimo), who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals. The metaphorical lyrics have prompted suggestions that Quinn is a village elder."
"Dylan himself has said that the title character refers to actor Anthony Quinn's role as an Eskimo in the 1959 movie The Savage Innocents."
The big heads are out at the beach, it's summer. I've been waiting like 2 months to eat a key lime pie in a big tee or tank top, on a warm porch- I'll probably have a ginger beer (Goya) and rye (Overholt) and listen to songs like this.
Anyways, friends, Summer Internet is open for the season. Enjoy. -ike