The Law Can't Touch Her at All: Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home

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Not topical, urgent, or particularly necessary, but I went to post something about the album and noticed there's no poll. There's a poll for Infidels, though, and that's just not right. What I wanted to say: I bought my Hot Docs tickets today, among them a documentary on Barbara Rubin, the woman cutting Dylan's hair on the back of Bringing It All Back Home.

http://phildellio.tripod.com/rubin.jpg

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Love Minus Zero/No Limit" 19
"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" 18
"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" 12
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" 12
"Mr. Tambourine Man" 6
"She Belongs to Me" 6
"Maggie's Farm" 3
"Gates of Eden" 3
"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" 2
"Outlaw Blues" 0
"On the Road Again" 0


clemenza, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

As indicated by the thread title, my vote goes to "She Belongs to Me." I'd put it against "I've Just Seen a Face" in a Dylan/Beatles love-song showdown.

clemenza, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Feels like a cliched choice, but Mr. Tambourine Man

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 April 2018 01:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Between "She Belongs to Me", "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Subterranean" for me.

o. nate, Monday, 9 April 2018 01:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shocked this hasn't been done! There are many classics here but for me it's "Subterranean" as the song I heard a few seconds of in a TV documentary my parents were watching about rock and roll, that made me have to hear the whole thing, and then hear it again, and again, and again. I was probably 14? I'd liked music before but this was unearthly brilliant and mind-blowing. Then "Tambourine Man" did it to me again (I had found the Greatest Hits record in the basement). I still find that one totally mesmerizing and sui generis, it probably sounds like tons of other Dylan songs in reality but in my ears it's unique, calls forth all kinds of feelings and mysteries no other recording does. But "Subterranean Homesick Blues" was the gateway, and from there to the Beatles and to so much more for me. I didn't get this album until probably five or six years later at least; the big discovery then was probably "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" which is probably the most slapstick-hilarious of all his rambling gag songs.

Man, this is a good record!

explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Always loved the first side and thought the acoustic stuff on the second side dragged a little but will relisten before so vote.

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Before I vote

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2018 02:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

tambourine man is his best melody.

almost voted it's alright ma, but what i usually put on is the 1964 bootleg performance (amazing) or the one on before the flood (fun). amusing to compare crowd reactions to the line about the president.

voted baby blue: a surreal standard. this was the first dylan album i ever heard and i remember assuming it was his final album because what would you record after it's all over now baby blue. i hadn't heard a lot of albums by anyone to be clear.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 9 April 2018 02:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

some great vocal drones in gates of eden.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 9 April 2018 02:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(bootleg series, i mean to say. the halloween show. got my bob dylan mask on.)

difficult listening hour, Monday, 9 April 2018 02:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" vs. the Byrds?

^^^ i made some other attempts to grasp "Mr. Tambourine Man" here but appropriately, he always slips away.

explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino), Monday, 9 April 2018 03:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Another vote for Baby Blue, but it wasn't an easy choice. I'm probably in the minority, but this is my favorite Dylan album.

Darin, Monday, 9 April 2018 03:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is my third favorite of the Big Three, which means it is my third favorite of his, but it’s a close third.

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 9 April 2018 03:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Love Minus Zero/No Limit"

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 April 2018 03:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Love Minus Zero/No Limit." One of the best love songs ever written & one of my favorite songs.

flappy bird, Monday, 9 April 2018 04:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMi3h_lKuyQ

flappy bird, Monday, 9 April 2018 04:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Can count the number of songs on one hand that capture, at this level, the feeling of being in love.

flappy bird, Monday, 9 April 2018 04:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can't get over the number of incandescent classics on this record - each one I think my god, what could be better than that? and then I look down the list and see another. "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "She Belongs to Me", "Maggie's Farm", "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", "Gates of Eden", "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" are all like that for me.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Monday, 9 April 2018 06:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

otm this is a near perfect record

Subterranean Homesick Blues is surely one of the most powerful, creative, funny and restlessly energetic attempts at conveying the fragmented chaos of (post)modern life, probably gets my vote

niels, Monday, 9 April 2018 06:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

An amazing set of songs and one of them is even "Mr. Tambourine Man," but only one of them is "It's Alright, Ma."

timellison, Monday, 9 April 2018 07:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Love Minus Zero/No Limit" because it's an equation

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 9 April 2018 09:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Instinctively, It's Alright Ma, but damn what a tracklist.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 9 April 2018 09:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Then again, how can there be a better song than She Belongs To Me?

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 9 April 2018 09:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This album is an apotheosis. Recorded in two days, essentially, and with very few takes. I find it almost impossible to choose between 7 of these songs, which are absolute masterpieces. I guess I'll go with "Mr. Tambourine Man" but "It's Alright, Ma" is close.

Sam Weller, Monday, 9 April 2018 09:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

On the Road Again.

Just kidding. It's Alright Ma

kornrulez6969, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Love Minus Zero/No Limit"

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 15:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nearly impossible to choose between the last two tracks.

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

while Outlaw Blues and On the Road Again are both lesser songs, the only possible dud on this album is Gates of Eden which verges on parody but mostly reads like a very tired person on amphetamine:

The motorcycle black Madonna
Two-wheeled gypsy queen
And her silver-studded phantom cause
The gray flannel dwarf to scream
As he weeps to wicked birds of prey
Who pick up on his bread crumb sins

niels, Monday, 9 April 2018 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

reads like a very tired person on amphetamine

also reads like bruce springsteen's first three albums, verbatim

fact checking cuz, Monday, 9 April 2018 17:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the "Gates of Eden" from the Halloween show is better because it's even more tired & deliberate.

droit au butt (Euler), Monday, 9 April 2018 18:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

agree that "gates of eden" ends up seeming a bit like a parody of dylan's surrealist songs, but i was just listening to this live electric version from 1988 and he really sells the song there. totally vicious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXsNi02mRPw

tylerw, Monday, 9 April 2018 18:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

could pick anything from the second side honestly, all of which are duking it out with SHB and Maggie's Farm. as much as I love Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde, etc., Bringing It All Back Home is the album I usually return to, and the one with my favorites of all his lyrics.

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Monday, 9 April 2018 18:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i always overlook this record, among the pre-motorcycle crash electric records i always go to highway 61 first

subterranean homesick blues is nuts, that pure manic energy, distillation of the beats, rock n roll, chuck berry, speed, the mid-60s zeitgeist, that kind of shit that made me obsessed w/ that decade. i love the video he did, rabbi ginsberg lurking around in the background

marcos, Monday, 9 April 2018 19:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"She Belongs to Me", with "...Baby Blue" in a close second (the upper registers in his vocals on that one always send shivers up my spine).

bodacious ignoramus, Monday, 9 April 2018 19:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp oh hell yeah that's a great live version, it needed a little preaching up!

niels, Monday, 9 April 2018 21:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Been ages since I played the actual album (as opposed to my favourite songs)--truthfully, I can't remember how "Outlaw Blues" or "On the Road Again" go. I'm sure I'd immediately remember them within a few seconds. After "She Belongs to Me," I'd go with "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie's Farm," "Love Minus Zero," "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "Baby Blue." Great album cover, although I'd probably still go with the next two for cover art.

clemenza, Monday, 9 April 2018 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

this record really is great. even those throwaways you mention — "outlaw blues" and "on the road again" get by on pure attitude.
might go w/ love minus zero ... just such wonderful lyrics:

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers' nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows cold n' rainy
My love, she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing

tylerw, Monday, 9 April 2018 22:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

like clemenza, I can't remember the last time I played this album. Probably my favorite sixties Dylan after JWH, though.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 April 2018 22:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"bob dylan's 115th dream" was my favorite thing in the world for like two months after i discovered it, i remember writing a short story for high school in sophomore year loosely based on it. still think it builds to one of the best endings of any story-song i've ever heard -- maybe the best, feels as complete and satisfying as, like, "casey and the bat" or something. and nobody says GOOD LUCK quite like bob.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You say "How are you? Good luck," but you don't mean it...

clemenza, Monday, 9 April 2018 23:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They'll stone you, and then they'll say "Good luck"...

clemenza, Monday, 9 April 2018 23:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Total weak setup line: "I asked the captain what his name was and how come he didn't drive a truck."

It's in there for no reason except to set up the rhyme "He said his name was Columbus and I just said 'good luck'."

I always thought that if he recorded the song about 10 years later, he could've said "I asked the captain what his name was, as if I gave a fuck."

Oh well.

― Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Friday, 11 February 2005 18:34 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino), Monday, 9 April 2018 23:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"bob dylan's 115th dream" was my favorite thing in the world for like two months after i discovered it, i remember writing a short story for high school in sophomore year loosely based on it.

No way, we did a skit based on it freshman year.

timellison, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 03:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I feel bad saying this, but it feels to me like a warm-up for Tombstone Blues.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 03:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Welp, I voted for Gates of Eden, and I'm not sorry. It's not necessarily the best song on here, but to me it's maybe the one that's the most intense and visionary. Seems to be fearlessly exploring some other woozy dimension. To be honest I feel it feels kind of of a piece with "It's Alright Ma...". They compliment each other.

glumdalclitch, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 03:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

No way, we did a skit based on it freshman year.

― timellison, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:39 AM (thirty-three minutes ago)

haha that is awesome!

"and how come he didn't drive a truck" seems like a very bob dylan thing to ask someone, somehow

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shocked at 1) no Love Minus Zero consensus 2) people aren't totally sick of Subterranean Homesick Blues

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Only other real contender here is Mr. Tambourine Man. Great record, but it has Love Minus Zero.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 04:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm just coming out and saying that I refuse to choose.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 05:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i said, you know, they refused jesus, too. he said, you're not him.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 06:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shocked...people aren't totally sick of Subterranean Homesick Blues

I'm a little tired of it too, except when I watch the Pennebaker clip, when it automatically becomes the greatest thing ever done. I'm going to copy it for my staff yearbook photo this year (deciding on which cue card right now).

clemenza, Friday, 13 April 2018 13:03 (one week ago) Permalink

voted for Maggie's Farm, love the bile and the way that he sketches those characters

Well, he puts his cigar
Out in your face just for kicks
His bedroom window
It is made out of bricks
The National Guard stands around his door
Ah, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:46 (one week ago) Permalink

his bedroom window is made out of bricks is such a devastating insult lol

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 13:46 (one week ago) Permalink

she talks to all the servants about Man and God and Law. everybody says she's the brains behind pa.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:14 (one week ago) Permalink

THEN HE FINES YOU EVERY TIME YOU SLAM THE DOOR

difficult listening hour, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:14 (one week ago) Permalink

well he hands you a nickel, he hands you a dime
he asks you with a grin if you're havin' a good time

it's that "with a grin" that makes the line for me

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:14 (one week ago) Permalink

otm

maggie's brother is the most immediately hateful one: the paymaster and enforcer. cruel smile on display. but behind him, pa capital, walled up and guarded (yet still smoking in yr face)-- probably worse. and behind him... what? an idea? an eye in the pyramid kind of deal? when force is gone, there's always mom

difficult listening hour, Friday, 13 April 2018 22:21 (one week ago) Permalink

also, where is maggie? what does she do? have always wondered.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 13 April 2018 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Welp, I voted for Gates of Eden, and I'm not sorry. It's not necessarily the best song on here, but to me it's maybe the one that's the most intense and visionary.

feel u, certainly it has some fairly jumbled verses but it also has some of my fave images on the album (dogs on the beach, rotting kingdoms, "the princess and the prince discuss / what's real and what is not" is superior to pound and eliot in the tower imo), a droning vortex melody that makes the clumsier lines at least spooky, and (my fave moment)
the drawled assonance on the phrase "i try to harmonize".

difficult listening hour, Friday, 13 April 2018 22:39 (one week ago) Permalink

voted Dream just cos it's so much fun. feels like one of those 60's comedies with Peter Sellers or whoever and a house full of random partiers.

really love when he sings "An Englishman said 'fab'", it just comes out of nowhere so it's extra funny. it's just so plainly stated, it doesn't need any spin to it, just the idea of an Englishman saying "fab" in this whirlwind of insanity instantly gets the joke across.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:47 (one week ago) Permalink

also, where is maggie? what does she do? have always wondered.

― difficult listening hour, Friday, April 13, 2018 5:25 PM (twenty-one minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

maggie thatcher, obv

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:48 (one week ago) Permalink

dylan always was ahead of his time

stormzy daniels (voodoo chili), Friday, 13 April 2018 22:48 (one week ago) Permalink

http://phildellio.tripod.com/homesick.JPG

I'm guessing a quarter of the people I work with already think I'm senile, so really, this can only help.

clemenza, Friday, 13 April 2018 22:50 (one week ago) Permalink

SHB is classic, more than ever. for me the cards have transcended from cool to overused cliche to now legendary, its an Instagram post, its a selfie, a meme, complete with celebrity photo bomb cred. the funny thing about being ahead of your time is that doesn't stop being true in fact it only seems for prophetic as time goes on.

really love the Nilsson/Lennon version on "Pussy Cats", it has a real cool dirty Voorman bass line. Dylan's original band recording is of course perfection, the ultimate junkyard rock. like a wheezing huffing punk steam engine dying in slow motion.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 13 April 2018 23:17 (one week ago) Permalink

I play tambourine carefully and, I think, reasonably well. Good tambourine players are few, and what they do is subtle and song-enhancing. I love a well-played tambourine.

HOWEVER. There is no one in the history of ever who has "played a song" on the tambourine, as if it were a solo instrument capable of harmony, melody, or song structure.

And, I will further postulate, if it were possible to "play a song" on the tambourine, no one who "played a song" on the tambourine did so in a way that was sensorally transformative to the assembled listeners.

fleetwood machiavellian (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 13 April 2018 23:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I always thought Mr. Tambourine Man’s primary instrument was guitar and that Turkish tambourine was just an extra.

Made in the Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Have you ever played a tambourine...on acid?

how's life, Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:59 (one week ago) Permalink

I always thought Mr. Tambourine Man’s primary instrument was guitar

Based on... what exactly?

If his primary instrument is guitar, then we would call him Mr. Guitar Man. Or Mr. Guitar Man Who Also Happens to Have a Tambourine.

Hendrix, Dylan, and Lennon all occasionally played bass. But would you refer to any of them as "Mr. Bassist"?

fleetwood machiavellian (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Right. Langhorne was... a guitarist who sometimes played tambourine.

fleetwood machiavellian (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:29 (one week ago) Permalink

If his primary instrument is guitar, then we would call him Mr. Guitar Man. Or Mr. Guitar Man Who Also Happens to Have a Tambourine.

― fleetwood machiavellian (Ye Mad Puffin)

are Mr. Airplane Man's primary instrument airplane?

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, if you don't feel transported by tambourine solos perhaps you will enjoy solos on the the maracas and cajón:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlhYAKfilYk

Made in the Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2018 01:36 (one week ago) Permalink

But yeah, the truth be told I once asked my self exactly the same questions as you, YMP, about what was the nature of his “song.”

Made in the Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 14 April 2018 02:24 (one week ago) Permalink

If his primary instrument is guitar, then we would call him Mr. Guitar Man. Or Mr. Guitar Man Who Also Happens to Have a Tambourine.
There was a street musician in my town for a few summers, when I was a teenager, an American with a guitar playing rock classics, and I'd often run into him with friends when out partying late. He had these small film containers half-filled with rice that he would use as rhythm eggs, and at some point he gave me one of those, said it was a "wonder-shaker", and I accompanied him for a few songs. I took it home with me and I keep it to this day. We called him the wonder-shaker man, and I always think of him when I think of mr. Tambourine Man.

so many lines from SHB regularly pop into my mind, especially
Twenty years of schoolin’
and they put you on the day shift

Me and my brother went to the same high-school and my brother got real fed up with it at some point. I admitted to him that I had also been fed up with it and that for a long time while riding my bike to school I would sing from the top of my lungs (in Danish translation): "I AIN'T GONNA GO TO [name of school] NO MORE!". To my surprise, he told me that he'd been singing the exact same silly translation for weeks!

This album rules.

niels, Saturday, 14 April 2018 09:21 (one week ago) Permalink

If I had to rate these songs, I think I'd put them in the following order (favorite to least).

"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
"Maggie's Farm"
"Love Minus Zero/No Limit
"Subterranean Homesick Blues"
"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"
"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"
"Gates of Eden"
"She Belongs to Me"
"On the Road Again"
"Mr. Tambourine Man"
"Outlaw Blues"

Darin, Saturday, 14 April 2018 14:28 (one week ago) Permalink

There is no one in the history of ever who has "played a song" on the tambourine

as usual with Dylan im pretty sure it's half earnest half jerking your chain but mostly there for color.

for me it conjures up travelling minstrels, saying "guitar player" would be a bit too modern, it's as much of an oddly formed anachronism as Dylan's role as pop "folk" musician. on that tip tambourine is an accessible instrument to all whereas guitar has skill/technical barriers to entry, it's a bit of communal creation/breaking down barriers between artist and audience.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:54 (one week ago) Permalink

i want to say also it took me some time but eventually it clicked that Lou Reed is trying to be Dylan on so many VU tracks ("baby be gooood/ do what you shouuuld/ you know it'll be alriiight").

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

ah im regretting not voting for "It's All Over Now Baby Blue". the chord change where he dives into "the carpet too is moving under you" is so unexpected it feels like like an emotional sucker punch. the rest of the song is just standard I/IV/V and the sudden unsteadiness never fails to take me back. it's like the brief time when you are going down a set of stairs and miss a step. or when you are in a relationship and someone says something and you get this feeling in your stomach. so beautiful, that fall.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:12 (one week ago) Permalink

and on that line!

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:13 (one week ago) Permalink

the Them version of "Baby Blue" is also classic, the vibraphone lick fits the trippiness of the words. its a good fit for the soul vocals of Van Morrison ("look out the saints are coming through"). Beck, another Dylan acolyte, interpolated Dylan & Them for his "Jackass".

legendary is the "Don't Look Back" take of Dylan playing it to Donovan. this is what it's like when rock stars drunkenly crash each others parties chasing memes/feuds in the 60s. Dylan starts playing "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" at 2:49:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sqAhF6i9H4

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:25 (one week ago) Permalink

that performance is so great. and for all the talk/myth/apocrypha about that night & its context, I always preferred the version of Love Minus Zero that Dylan plays in that hotel room over the version on the record. Again, it's the sublime & resigned chord changes paired with the devotional lyric. Negation and infinity.

flappy bird, Sunday, 15 April 2018 02:39 (one week ago) Permalink

i want to say also it took me some time but eventually it clicked that Lou Reed is trying to be Dylan on so many VU tracks ("baby be gooood/ do what you shouuuld/ you know it'll be alriiight").

It’s kind of weird how many “New Dylans” there have been and yet there are still those moments when you catch yet another singer indulging in some serious vocal Dylanisms, such as Ian Hunter or Ric Ocasek to name two.

Made in the Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 15 April 2018 03:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 16 April 2018 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Donovan's "To Sing for You" is a really nice song. I've written lots about how Donovan is the god of pop-music soundtracks, even more than the Rolling Stones. I'm a big fan, and I was glad he went into the rock'n'roll HOF.

What makes that Pennebaker clip so great, though, is how overmatched he is by Dylan. He knows it (love his expression at 3:55), and Dylan knows it. Dylan really knows it, and he's basking in it (in a way that makes you smile, not hate him).

clemenza, Monday, 16 April 2018 00:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

my love

flappy bird, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:03 (one week ago) Permalink

Can't argue with the results. There are at least 4 or 5 songs on here that I wouldn't argue with as a #1 though.

o. nate, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Voted for the favorite, but could just as easily have voted for “Outlaw Blues” as well as several others.

Made in the Shadow Blaster (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Huh! For whatever reason, LMZ/NL has never really done all that much for me. I like it fine, just surprised to discover it's a consensus favorite against so many heavy-hitters.

Clearly plenty of other people have seen something in the song, even beyond the "everybody covers every Dylan song" effect. A little searching turns up versions by Buck Owens, Leon Russell, the Walker Brothers, Joan Baez, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac, Judy Collins, Jackson Browne, the Turtles, Nana Mouskouri, and Ricky Nelson. I thought I'd heard the last one before, but realized belatedly I was thinking of his cover of "She Belongs To Me" - guy was into this album!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWPrtfE-TBI

explosion from DOOM courtesy of id software (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Huh! For whatever reason, LMZ/NL has never really done all that much for me. I like it fine, just surprised to discover it's a consensus favorite against so many heavy-hitters.

yea same

marcos, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:29 (one week ago) Permalink

it's one of my favorite Dylan melodies tbh

droit au butt (Euler), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 16:33 (one week ago) Permalink

heh Love Minus Zero feels like coffee shop autopilot to me, one of the least impressive tracks on the album (shrug emoji)

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 21:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Thirteenth Floor Elevators version of "It's All Over Now (Baby Blue)" is one of my all time favorite Dylan covers. That Joyce Carol Oates short story is really good too, that was a story that I got assigned in freshman lit in collage and really liked.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/joyce-carol-oates-on-dylans-its-all-over-now-baby-blue-1432045329

earlnash, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:22 (one week ago) Permalink

heh Love Minus Zero feels like coffee shop autopilot to me, one of the least impressive tracks on the album (shrug emoji)

But one of the very, very few Dylan songs where he sounds entirely guileless, a pure and beautiful emotion expressed in exquisite language. Undoes me every time.

startled macropod (MatthewK), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:11 (one week ago) Permalink

has there been a Dylan vs Rage Against the Machine “Maggie’s Farm” poll?

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:14 (one week ago) Permalink

Surprised "Mr Tambourine Man" didn't get more votes. Though I voted for LMZ so I'm not complaining.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:26 (one week ago) Permalink

that's a great cover by Nelson, Dylan probably appreciated it (iirc he has only nice things to say abt Nelson in Chronicles)

niels, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:51 (one week ago) Permalink

I'd choose She Belongs to Me over LMZ, I think Dylan does the cynical love portrait better than the sincere, also I just love the melody

both rule though

niels, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 09:53 (one week ago) Permalink

well, maaaybe Dylan's fondness for wordplay amphetamine gets the best of him in the 3rd verse

https://www.brainyquote.com/photos_tr/en/b/bobdylan/154487/bobdylan1-2x.jpg

niels, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:05 (one week ago) Permalink

lol that's what i think of the last verse of mr. tambourine man. but both are great

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 16:18 (one week ago) Permalink


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