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Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

187. Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

Writer: Dylan
Producer: Bob Johnston
Released: Aug. '65, Columbia

In 1969, Dylan told Rolling Stone that he wrote this song in the back of a New York cab. Since it has 659 words and clocks in at more than 11 minutes, that's one long cab ride. Dylan scrapped an electric, full-band version of the song at the last minute, and rerecorded it on acoustic guitar. The final version was spliced together from two consecutive takes during the last sessions for Highway 61.

Appears on: Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia)


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