6. 'Simple Twist of Fate'
Blood on the Tracks came out right around the time that Bob Dylan's marriage fell apart, so many people assumed the album's numerous breakup tunes were about his wife Sara. "When I'm listening to Blood on the Tracks," Jakob Dykan said, "that's about my parents." Well, not all of it. Dylan's lyric notebook reveals that the mournful "Simple Twist of Fate" was originally titled "4th Street Affair." It confirmed long-standing suspicions that the song is a look back at Dylan's early-1960s relationship with Suze Rotolo, who lived with him in an apartment on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village. She broke his heart when she sailed off to study in Italy, which explains the reference to the "waterfront docks" in the song.
The song is one of the few pre-1997 tunes he sang on his 2014 tour, and he continued to tweak the lyrics. "You should have met me in '58," he sang most nights. "That way we could have avoided a simple twist of fate." He seems to be saying anyone that met him after he became a professional musician was bound to get sucked into the whirlwind of his fame, ultimately dooming any relationship.