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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rand z, Mar 28, 2020.
I happened to bump into this new Dylan song (?)
It seems appropriate for the times.
Greatest? Longest for sure. That is about as far as I will go comparing it to anything else of his. It’s not one I would want to listen to for more than a couple of times.
Impossible to pick out a 'best' - this one had the biggest effect on me growing up
I like Dylan fine but I can’t commit to 17 minutes. I listened to the first few.
I’m not sure if I’m ever in whatever mood it would take. I tried a few times and haven’t even hit two minutes yet. I love him, but maybe not completely.
Greatest? No. It's not even a great song. It's like he's doing his own version of American Pie with November 22, 1963 as the day the something died.
I'm all for noticing nuances of association, and meaning made via subtle or even implied patterns. I love how Dylan's mind works, even on songs that don't quite work.
But this one...is Grandpa emptying his drawers of all the lint he's gathered over time, and seeing doors around anonymous keys.
I also have some problems with blaming all our woes on that horrible day in Dallas, even as a metaphor. Many far better metaphors of human woe are in many other far better Dylan songs. We got enough distortions of realty to deal with these days, Mr. D., as it is....
listened to this one for the first time in ages.... love the tempo/backbeat with the unmistakable voice/lyrics of Dylan over the top.... classic...
I'd go with A Hard Rain...
“Like A Rolling Stone”
I thought Peter Gabriel had already done a fantastic job telling the story.
OK, I've given it a bit of a listen now. Maybe it's just me, but IMO, there might be a good song under there somewhere, but it's buried in the muck. Too many effects? Over production? Bad production? All of the above?
Looooove Bob Dylan.
A 17 minute song about...really?
First, as long goes, I listened, almost endlessly, to Green Grass and High Tides (live) which was one side of an LP. The length of that song never deterred me.
Second, I’m a huge Dylan fan, named my first son Dylan in homage to.
Third, if I had to pick one, it would probably be Shelter from the Storm, Tangled up in Blue, or Don’t think Twice it’s Alright, or I shall be Released, or Subterranean Homesick Blues, or All Along the Watchtower, or Blowin’ in the Wind, or ........
This version of Desolation Row has always been my favorite. Don't Think Twice and Shelter from the Storm are also favorites.
He doesn't buy the official findings apparently.
Wow. I'm so surprised by the responses. "Murder Most Foul" is a masterpiece. This could become the other bookend to the "Star Spangled Banner". It is a eulogy of something much more than JFK. Pay attention.
I listened. I was kind of hoping he would jump another vegetable. Best? Don't think so. Guess I'm too old.
I gave it a thorough listen yesterday and while I enjoyed it, I wouldn't put it high on the list of his greatest songs. Is it a masterpiece? I don't know, usually with me I have to listen to songs several times to really understand what's going on and fall on love. So I'll give it another few listens based on your post.
My honest thoughts were that while it's a good song and there's probably some truly great things going on, I'd have to stick with Hurricane for a long Dylan song that tells the story of something. Or Ballad of a Thin Man for a long Dylan song that tells the story of nothing
I'll give it another go.