500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Bob Dylan, 'Tangled Up in Blue'

68. Bob Dylan, 'Tangled Up in Blue'

Writer: Dylan
Producer: Dylan
Released: Jan. '75, Columbia
7 weeks, No. 31

When Dylan introduced "Tangled Up in Blue" onstage in 1978, he described it as a song that took him "10 years to live and two years to write." It's still one of his most frequently performed live staples. It was the six-minute opener from Blood on the Tracks, written as his first marriage was falling apart. Dylan takes inspiration from classic country singers like Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell, in a tale of a drifting heart on the road through the Sixties and Seventies. Dylan kept revising the song heavily through the years; on his 1984 Real Live, he plays with the chords and lyrics to tell a whole new story.

Appears on: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia) 


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