Favourite Bob Dylan song?

Anyone got a favourite Bob Dylan song? Not neccessarily when sung by Dylan, just a really great song he wrote. my personal fave is Masters of War. For some reason I always find that song really poignant, particularly the bit that goes:
“You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins”

Tangled Up In Blue followed closely by Tombstone Blues, My Back Pages, Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues and a whole host of runners up.

Johnny’s in the basement
Mixin’ up the medicine…

AFAIK, this Dylan song is the first example of what we woul today call…RAP! :eek:

All Along The Watchtower - but only after Hendrix got hold of it.

Right now it is Like a Rolling Stone.

Slow Train Coming

Nick Drake/Joan Baez/Anyone else in fact singing Don’t think twice…. And the Hendrix version of All along the Watchtower.

I may get flamed for this, but I think Dylan shouldn’t perform his own songs. Get other people to do it for him.

Blowin’ in the Wind.

I liked the Neil Young version.

I’m with Jeff Wilder, Tangled Up in Blues is just such an amazing song - such a real tale of the times.

Rainy Day Women Number 12 And 35.

Positively Fourth Street would be a close second.

I guess I’m in a distinct minority on this, but I prefer Dylan’s versions of his own songs. For example, anybody besides Dylan that sings Mr. Tamborine Man should be executed. You know, stoned or somethin’. :slight_smile:

Got to go for “Desolation Row.” Don’t think the boy ever topped that one in terms of imagery.

Clustered closely behind are “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” “Visions of Johanna,” “Every Grain of Sand,” “Forever Young,” and “Blind Willie McTell.”

Idiot Wind
Visions of Johanna
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (my all-tiime favorite sing in the shower song…“When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez, and its Easter time, too…”)

“Highway 61 Revisted,” “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” and “Desolation Row.”

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” is pretty powerful, too.

“Yonder stands your orphan with his gun,
crying like a fire in the sun…”

If I had to pick only one, I’d say “Visions of Johanna” from the Live 1966 CD. If I had to own only one Dylan CD, and I have them all, I’d pick that one. The intensity and expressiveness of his voice in that performance is I believe his finest.

“Idiot Wind” is another hall of famer. I like the cut on the Bootleg Series boxed set much better than the Blood on the Tracks CD.

“Brownstone Girl” is underrated in my opinon. Love the way he transitions from talking to singing throughout. Another underrated song from an underrated album was “No Time to Think” from Street Legal.

Of course “Desolation Row” makes any list.

Simple Twist of Fate does it for me.

“Tangled Up in Blue”, with “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” a real close second.

Tangled Up in Blue.

[sub]I miss Napster here at work[/sub]

Toss-up between “Jokerman” and “Ring Them Bells,” and perhaps “Shooting Star” for sentimental reasons (R.I.P., C.)

either “Mr. Tambourine Man” for all those lyrics never included by the other artists that covered it like
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Or Shelter from the Storm.

Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts ain’t bad either.

And to me, only Dylan should sing Dylan.