Rolling Stone Readers Pick Their 10 Favorite Bob Dylan SongsFrom 'Forever Young' to 'Like a Rolling Stone,' the Dylan tunes you like the most
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4. 'Desolation Row'
The final track on Dylan's 1965 classic Highway 61 Revisited shows just how far Dylan's songwriting had progressed in just a few short years. "What’s wonderful about the lyrics is all these characters that he inveighs on our imagination," says Mick Jagger in the new Rolling Stone. "Famous people surrealistically appear, some of them mythical and some of them real. The Phantom of the Opera. Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Cinderella. Bette Davis. Cain and Abel . . . Someone said that 'Desolation Row' is Dylan’s version of 'The Waste Land.' I'm not sure if that's true, but it's a wonderful collection of imagery – a fantasy Bowery – that really gets your imagination working."