100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs

From "Just Like a Woman" to "John Wesley Harding," we count down the American icon's key masterpieces

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75. "Sweetheart Like You" (1983)

It's misogynistic ("a woman like you should be at home"); its lyrics are at times an incomprehensible mixture of romantic and religious imagery ("They say in your father's house, there's many mansions/Each one of them got a fireproof floor"). But this closing-time benediction undercuts all that with an unmistakable tenderness. Many Dylan scholars see the song as a farewell to his Christian phase, interpreting the chorus, "What's a sweetheart like you doing in a dump like this?" as a metaphor for Jesus being maligned by the corrupt religious establishment. If so, it's an oddly touching goodbye.

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