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Bob Dylan

Like A Rolling Stone

Folk Rock
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“Like a Rolling Stone” is a 1965 song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. After the lyrics were heavily edited, “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited. During a difficult two-day preproduction, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success in 3/4 time. A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known. However, Columbia Records was unhappy with both the song’s length at over six minutes and its... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ To be on your own ... With no direction home, like a complete unknown

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This song is listed #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Most votes come from Argentina, United States, Spain, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Greece, and Hungary.

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