The Ten Best Dylan tracks – a fans choice.

  1. It’s Alright Ma I’m Only Bleeding

A biting indictment of the shallowness and hypocrisy of society.

2. Positively Fourth Street

A scathing, vitriolic put-down of the Greenwich Village folies who turned on him when he went electric.

3. Subterranean Homesick Blues

4. To Ramona

A love song to a black girl who was subjected to prejudice and abuse.

5. Chimes of Freedom

A paean to the disposed and underdogs

6. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

A song about nuclear war and/or the horrors of society.

7. Forever Young

A love song.

8. Masters of War

A hard hitting anti-war song.

9. Talking John Birch Society Blues

A song about the paranoid right wing conservative John Birch society’s fear of commies. Banned from being included on the album.

10. From a Buick 6

A forceful swipe while revealing the pressures put on him

And no room for Like a Rolling Stone and a hundred others.

10 thoughts on “The Ten Best Dylan tracks – a fans choice.

  1. Great selection 🙂 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right would be in my top 10, I’ve been in love with that song for well over a year now…

  2. Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues…actually.
    It wasn’t banned for sake of the John Birch Society, but for the lyric “Now Eisenhower, he’s a Russian spy, Rooseveldt, Lincoln and that Jefferson guy”. That line wasn’t going near any American record in 1963.

    1. I certainly didn’t intend to suggest that it was because of offense to the JBS that the track was banned. The company thought the lyric would cause offense to a swathe of the public. Probably would have too. But that was precisely what the Dylan of then intended, wasn’t it? He was identifying himself with the left-wing civil rights movement under the influence of Suzie wasn’t he?

      1. I think I pinpointed exactly what the company objected to.
        Not the public, but the small matter that Mr. Eisenhower was still alive and kicking (died 1969), being national hero and elder statesman etc. Columbia would have received a severe kicking for that, possibly license to operate revoked etc.
        I don’t think too much of Rotolo’s input to anything. Dylan had a fully functioning handle on all things political.

      2. That might have had something to do with it.
        I think Suzie had a bigger influence than you suggest. Her family was very left-wing and up on civil rights.

  3. Certainly not a case of any might have regarding Eisenhower – it was – full stop.
    Very left-wing doesn’t exist in America, as you know, but know doubt considering she was his close friend for about 4 years, influences were taken on board. He acknowledged that later on.
    I would suggest that most of the people Dylan was in contact with were of the same. All these people like Dave Van Rock, Eric Van Schmidt, Pete Seeger and all the Greenwich Village activists etc.

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