Bob Dylan’s best songs: Positively 4th Street #13 (Audio & Video)

You got a lotta nerve To say you are my friend When I was down You just stood there grinning – … I was gonna put Positively 4th Street on the other side, but, uh… I didn’t figure anybody could understand it so… ~Bob Dylan (Bob Fass/WBAI Interview, 26 Jan 1966) Outside of a song like Positively 4th Street, which is extremely …

July 20: Bob Dylan released Like A Rolling Stone in 1965

“This is about growing up, this is about discovering what is going on around you, realizing that life isn’t all you’ve been told. So now you’re without a home, you’re on your own, complete unknown, like a rolling stone. That’s a liberating thing. This is a song about liberation.” — Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone magazine (Greil Marcus – Like A Rolling Stone: …

Bob Dylan’s best songs: Abandoned Love #98

‘Abandoned Love’ marks the very point at which Dylan decided to (temporarily) abandon love, and particularly forsaken love, as the prime subject-matter for his songs. ~Clinton Heylin (Still On The Road) A lovely song recorded for (but left out of) Desire in NYC, July 31, 1975. It was later released on Biograph in 1985. The only live version of the song …

Bob Dylan’s best songs: Like A Rolling Stone (recorded 16 June, 1965)

….would be Like A Rolling Stone because I wrote that after I’d quit. I’d literally quit singing and playing, and I found myself writing this song, this story, this long piece of vomit about twenty pages long, and out of it I took Like A Rolling Stone and made it as a single. And I’d never written anything like that …

Bob Dylan’s best songs: “Lonesome Day Blues” recorded May 11, 2001

I overwrite. If I know I am going in to record a song, I write more than I need. In the past that’s been a problem because I failed to use discretion at times. I have to guard against that. On this album, “Lonesome Day Blues” was twice as long at one point. ~Bob Dylan (Robert Hilburn – Sept 2001) …