The 10 Worst Bob Dylan Songs

Oh, Bobby D. As great as you can be, you've sure had some epic stinkers. And no, they weren't all from the '80s

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rodney.welch
rodney.welch

See, to me, having "Rainy Day Women" as the lead-off track to his greatest album is a stroke of genius. It's part of the charm of that album, the way it can lurch from a tossed-off casual song to a great one. He does it at the end with "Obviously Five Believers" (which no ever mentions or covers) to "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (which is brilliant). These little touches are what gives the album personality; like a lot of great works of art, the imperfections are part of the appeal, part of what brings them down to earth.  It's not as if Dylan went in the studio and said "OK, now I'm going to make the greatest rock and roll album of all time." He went in with a batch of great songs, full of many highs and a few lows, and said "Here is where I am right now." He took a spontaneous, blurry selfie and put it out there, in the grooves and on the cover.

nfghsfg
nfghsfg

Yeah like the comment by MikeEder pointed out, this is definitely NOT a Dylan original , the author's mistaken.


If you listen carefully, Dylan's backup singers are belting out  "Sarah Jane" but Dylan himself is actually singing "Saro Jane" like the old folk song "(Rock About My) Saro Jane".  Also, I think "Saro Jane" refers to the name of a steamboat, not a person -although I could be mistaken about this. The provenance of the song is difficult to trace 

and its meaning is murky at best. 

johnnydinkis2
johnnydinkis2

I feel bad for anyone who can't appreciate Forever Young.

MikeEder
MikeEder

Sarah Jane is a great song and is an old folk song not a Dylan original. Must never have heard it on vinyl as it sounds fantastic there.

el_jack_
el_jack_

oh Time, how naive ye be.