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Bob Dylan

Blind Willie Mctell

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  • 1983
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  • 1962

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“Blind Willie McTell” is a song by Bob Dylan, titled after the blues singer Blind Willie McTell. It was recorded in 1983 but left off Dylan’s album Infidels and officially released in 1991 on the The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991. The melody is loosely based on “St. James Infirmary Blues”. For the song, Dylan, seated at the piano and accompanied by Mark Knopfler on the twelve-string acoustic guitar, sings a series of plaintive verses depicting allegorical scenes which reflect on the history of American music and slavery. Each verse ends with the same negative refrain: “Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.“ Following three albums with overt Christian themes, Infidels struck most major rock critics (perhaps erroneously) as dealing... Read on...

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