Dylan’s grim masterpiece from 5th album hits the right note for fan
Dylan fan Dylanblues from Birmingham, UK enters contest with this pic.
Choosing your favourite 60’s Dylan song is a bit like trying to choose your all time favourite pint of beer or bacon sandwich, it’s just not possible.
However, the purposes of this comp I will suggest the above. The song stands out in my memory from first listen and I never tire of the insights and imagery it conjures.
No one has ever produced such a tapestry of existential angst in song form and I can only imagine the effect it would have had on me had I heard it as a contemporary. I think of it as the moment that heralds the complete disintegration of the line between song writing and poetry; though I appreciate there are other contenders, for me, many years after hearing it for the first time, I still chew over lines and marvel at the insight and brutal summation of mid 60’s society.
With it’s ‘sister’ songs Gates of Eden and Not Dark Yet, it’s the tune I always keep in my saddlebag when riding into a town of ‘non-believers’.