It’s quite easy to see that Bob Dylan’s 1965 song “Desolation Row” is a bit fantastical, considering the use of figures such as Cinderella, Cain and Abel, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Phantom of the Opera, and Nero — but that hasn’t stopped numerous people from trying to pinpoint the location of Desolation Row, including Dylan himself. “Oh, that’s some place in Mexico,” he said in an interview just after the song’s release. “It’s noted for its Coke factory.” However, the song’s guitarist, Al Kooper, suggested it was actually located on a particularly seedy part of Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Music critic Mark Polizzotti suggested the name came from “Desolation Angels” by Jack Kerouac and “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck. Despite these folks’ best attempts to make Desolation Row real, it’s quite clear that Dylan’s 11-minute epic is about a place that’s entirely fictional.