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“Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bob Dylan

Released in 1965 as a single, this song was also on the album Bringing It All Back Home. This song is notable, in my opinion, because it is one of  Dylan’s first electric recordings and it spans the gap of early “talking blues” to present day rap.  Dylan cites Chuck Berry, Ginsburg, Kerouac, Corso and Ferlinghetti as influences at the time he wrote this song.  There are numerous references to the government, counterculture, civil rights movement, and Vietnam war.  The line “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows,” was the inspiration for the name of the  group the Weathermen, a radical left group  from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

The video was shot in London behind the Savoy Hotel as a promotional film clip for Pennebackers documentary, Don’t Look Back, of Dylan’s 1965 England tour.  You will see Alan Ginsburg on the left.  The clip is actually one of the earliest examples of a music video.  However, Bob Dylan is a tenacious protector of his music and the video above is mirrored to avoid being removed from YouTube.  You get the point though!

Lyrics here.

More about this song.

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bringing It All Back Home