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Bob Dylan Reveals "Together Through Life" Track "Feel A Change Comin' On"

April 6, 2009 3:47 PM ET

Last week Bob Dylan gave fans a free download of "Beyond Here Lies Nothin' " from his upcoming Together Through Life. Now "Feel A Change Comin' On," the second-to-last track off the disc, is streaming over at Newsweek.com. Like "Beyond Here," "Feel A Change" has that border café feel, thanks in part to accordion from Los Lobos' David Hidalgo. "I've been listening to Billy Joe Shaver and I'm reading James Joyce, some people, they tell me I've got the blood of the land in my voice," Dylan sings in a gravely voice.

As Rolling Stone noted in our Spring Music Preview, "Feel A Change" features "Dylan's black sense of humor and pessimistic worldview" and fits in among the album's "Delta-blues riffs, hard-swinging shuffles and country ballads." Together Through Life is due out April 28th. "You would never expect the record after Modern Times to sound like this," a source in the Dylan camp told Rolling Stone. "Bob takes all of those disparate elements you hear and puts them into a track. But you can't put your finger on it — 'It sounds exactly like that.' That's why he's so original."

In addition, the third part of Dylan's ongoing pre-album interview with author Bill Flanagan has been posted on Newsweek's Pop Vox, with Dylan touching upon topics like Barack Obama, the Civil War and presidential autobiographies. Talking about the literary skills Obama showcased in Dreams From My Father, Dylan says, "His writing style hits you on more than one level. It makes you feel and think at the same time, and that is hard to do. He says profoundly outrageous things. He's looking at a shrunken head inside of a glass case in some museum with a bunch of other people, and he's wondering if any of these people realize that they could be looking at one of their ancestors."

Related Stories:

Bob Dylan Unveils "Together Through Life" Opener "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
Bob Dylan's New Album "Together Through Life" Due April 28th
Bob Dylan Breaks Out "Billy" in Sweden, Talks New Album in Website Interview

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