Bob Dylan Releases 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination

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Bob Dylan Releases 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination

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3/27/2020

Bob Dylan Releases 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination

For years, Bob Dylan fans have spoken in a sort of hushed awe about the longest song he ever released, “Highlands,” an album side-length 1997 track that ran 16 minutes and 31 seconds. N…

Bob Dylan fans have spoken in a sort of hushed awe about the longest song he ever released, “Highlands,” an album side-length 1997 track that ran 16 minutes and 31 seconds. Now, 23 years later, he’s slightly outdone himself. As the clock struck midnight on the east coast Friday morning, Dylan released a new song, “Murder Most Foul,” that has a 16:57 running time — and it’s an epic free association on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Little information was given about the surprise track, except for a brief statement from Dylan himself: “Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty over the years. “This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. “Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you. “ Bob Dylan ” A Dylan representative said the statement was all the information they would be releasing about the song, so whether “a while back” means a matter of months or many years remains a mystery. Dylan’s tender vocal tone — a trademark of his more recent shows and recordings — and elements of the song’s minimal bed of violin, piano and light percussion quickly had hardcore fans guesstimating that the tune might actually be of fairly recent vintage. His last album of original material, “Tempest,” came out in 2012, although he has released three sets of his interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook in-between, the last of which was the triple-album “Triplicate” three years ago. Rumors have been rampant that this year Dylan might be releasing his first album of self-penned songs in eight years, but there’s been no confirmation of that. The lyrics of the monumental track will fascinate Dylanologists who’ve waited years for something fresh to dissect, since there’s literally half an album’s worth of lyrical material just in one track here. In verses that proceed freely enough that it’s not always easy to break them down into separate stanzas, the lyrics often speak extremely literally of the Kennedy assassination, with a bent toward conspiratorial takes on the event. But as the song goes along it breaks more freely into a pop-culture fantasia. Dylan frequently references or riffs on 1960s events, catchphrases or titles, with lines that include: “The Beatles are coming, they’e gonna hold your hand” (the arrival of the Fab Four in America in early 1964 is regarded by some as a tonic to the lingering depression from the assassination); “ferry cross the Mersey and go for the throat” (only part of which is a nod to Gerry and the Pacemakers); “Tommy can you hear me, I’m the Acid Queen,” and “I’m going to Woodstock, it’s the Aquarian age / Then I’ll go to Altamont and stand near the stage.” Dylan doesn’t have his head entirely in the ’60s: “Frankly Miss Scarlett, I don’t give a damn” also comes up for a citation. And eventually, so do — moving into the ’70s, and beyond and back — Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts, “Only the Good Die Young, “Nightmare on Elm Street,” Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Art Pepper, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, “Charlie Parker and all that junk,” Nat King Cole, Marilyn Monroe, John Lee Hooker, Wolfman Jack, Patsy Cline, Houdini, “Wake Up Little Suzy,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Down in the Boondocks,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Memphis in June,” “Moonlight Sonata,” “Play Misty for Me,” “Lonely at the Top” and “Lonely Are the Brave.” Occasionally, Dylan directly marries his pop-culture references and the assassination, as when he sings, “You got me Dizzy Miss Lizzy, you fill me with lead.” Or: “What’s new pussycat, what’d I say / I said the soul of a nation been torn away.” When it comes to the actual assassination, Dylan doesn’t skimp on the details: “They blew off his head while he was still in the car,” he sings in the first stanza. Later on, he traces the car’s frantic exit away from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, even taking the first-person point of view of the deceased Kennedy: “Riding in the backseat next to my wife / And it’s straight on into the afterlife / I’m leaning to the left I got my head in her lap…” He gets specific about details following the death, too — like “Johnson sworn in at 2:38.” He also takes the point of view of Kennedys assailant — or, in his view, assailants — singing provocative lines like, “We’ve already got someone here to take your place,” or, of Kennedy’s brothers, “we’ll get them as well.” Dylan’s fascination with the Kennedy assassination is nothing new — it dates back to 1963. At least, Robert Shelton’s biography, “Bob Dylan: No Direction Home,” recounts an incident three months after the killing when the singer and his fellow travelers took a detour to Dealey Plaza and “took the station wagon along Kennedy’s path,” “appraised the theory that Oswald acted alone” and “started acting like a detective.” In the song’s view, the killing of JFK, “right there in front of everyone’s eyes,” is the “greatest magic trick” — and one he presumably thinks has some relevance in 2020. Read more: Variety

Thank you Bob very cool this dude hasn't been relevant since he admitted selling his soul to the devil. here's the club he's in. much more profound lyrics. fuck u very much bob Lol. Cool. A 17 minute Bob Dylan song? Aren't we suffering enough? MrsMogul Wow! I gotta check this out!!! Best Adam Sandler song ever!

Wake me up when this ends. Gotta stay relevant EntheosShines cjtruth Anon17 EntheosShines robniski codybreunig interesting timing

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timecrisis2000 headline sounds like a TC bit EntheosShines He said some significant things as well, if you think about it.. Really like it except for the Don Henley and Stevie Nicks name drops. Is this in direct response to LPontheleft ? Not now Bob. Phil Ochs got there first. thevandykeparks Yeah, I got a few minutes for that.

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Topical 👍 maybeavalon Classic Bob. Dear lord, help please. topical Oh good, I was just thinking about how no one's ever written anything about the Kennedy assassination before. esprit15d some of these artists are thinking - you know what, folks can’t go anywhere, I’m releasing that pet project! Somebody will listen!

Give him another Noble prize ericszyszka The soundtrack to the greatest movie ever made! clem_burke As you do. 'Here comes the story of the grassy knoll...'

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Yawn... maybe if he had given it to Meryl Streep to recite as a poem it would maybe make some sense. Fucking deep state asset releasing a coded track signalling to other deep state assets. What a shame for him to end his career with this garbage. JFK murder was a deep state coup on America. 63 chosen for 93. Satanic cult 93 toxic world wide.

jayceebrownbook Always current. JoshMankiewicz Too soon If anyone was wondering if Dylan still smokes weed..... Really chriskelsier rajko1973 JoshMankiewicz RuckCohlchez Makes sense

William Dufris Dies: Voice of Bob The Builder In North America Was 62William Dufris, who voiced the title character in the U.S. and Canadian version of the children’s series Bob the Builder for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer. He was 62. Pocket Univ… rest in peace Bob the Builder OMG !!! Not BoB !!! ( CryiNg Profusely !!! ) Thanks For BuildiNg Me A Childhood' justjokeN Luv'ya BoB & Thanks For Following Dang man! RIP William/Bob. I used to watch this show when I was a kid

খুবই বিরক্তীকর। আমি অর্ধেক শুনে বন্ধ করে দিছি। szurita I would listen to a 2 hour Bob Dylan single. JoshMankiewicz fuck yes! Just in the nick of time sunglaspro80 Super relevant, Bob. Thank you. 🙄 Dude is so bored during quarantine 17 min song? Whaaaaattt? bobdylan wtf music Alright I’ll give it a listen

Bob The Builder voice actor William Dufris dies at 62 after battle with cancerActor William Dufris, who voiced the iconic children's character in the US and Canada, has died at the age of 62

Who cares and no one wants to listen to a 17 minute song Produced and co-written by Quincy Jones treklightgear Regular_AssDude This headline is almost verbatim what the neural network would spit out if DSzymborski typed 'Bob'. mattdelia JFKay! timheidecker balls in your court Magic trick? ...why Timely!

William Dufris, voice of 'Bob the Builder,' dies at 62William Dufris, the voice behind multiple characters on Bob the Builder in the United States and Canada, has died from cancer. He was 62. Dufris'… ☹️ He couldn’t fix cancer 😔😞

Read the room, Bob. I assume he’s against it? Excuse me ? I send that entire sentence back to you. Ask not what you can do for your jukebox. Ask what your jukebox can do for you. I just need to fill the other 23 hours and 43 of the day. Strong candidate for news headline of the year. 🤨 Can't wait for the college a capella groups to dig into this

If you play it backwards you can hear the devil snoring. I suppose I do have time for this, yes. thought this was The Hard Times at first glance Bob! You did it! I can die happy now that Dylan's discography is guaranteed to not end with a bunch of big band cover songs. visionsofbob we love to see it, we love and support him we care we stan we adore

Uh, 'living in a nightmare down on Elm Street' is a reference to A Nightmare On Elm Street, not The Twilight Zone. HenryLovesYou BenKissel marcusparks Talk about living in a bubble of privilege i’m ngl i thought he was dead

LPontheleft At the 13:08 mark Dylan casually drops the name of the second shooter but its Dylan so you wont understand it. How have I lived my whole life without this No thank you. here is a fun piece I wrote. Is this one of those headline generator things iBryanGosling Not right now, Bob.



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