….when we recorded Bringing It All Back Home, that was like a break through point, it’s the kind of music I’ve been striving to make and I believe that in time people will see that. It’s hard to explain it, it’s that indefinable thing..
~Bob Dylan (Paul Gambaccini Interview, June 81)
This is the point where Dylan eclipses any conventional sense of folk and rewrites the rules of rock, making it safe for personal expression and poetry, not only making words mean as much as the music, but making the music an extension of the words. A truly remarkable album.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)
#1 – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
By the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten
Jonathan Cott: Why have you been able to keep so in touch with your anger throughout the years, as
revealed in songs like Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? and Positively 4th Street?
Bob Dylan: Will power. With strength of will you can do anything. With will power you can determine your destiny. (from the Jonathan Cott interview Dec 1977)
Can you please crawl out your window?
Use your arms and legs it won’t ruin you
How can you say he will haunt you?
You can go back to him any time you want to
Bob Dylan: It means singing when you really don’t want to sing. It means singing against your wishes to sing.
Dylan’s second west coast press conference in two weeks takes place in Los Angeles. His mood is far less amenable than it had been in San Francisco. The conference lasts just over half an hour.
-Clinton Heylin (A Life in Stolen Moments)
Columbia Recording Studios
Los Angeles, California
16 December 1965 Los Angeles Press Conference.
Oh, I think of myself more as a song and dance man, y’know
~Press Conference, San Francisco 3 December 1965
Legendary press conference.
The San Francisco Press Conference was set up by Ralph Gleason at KQED-TV, an educational station, in the bay area of San Francisco and took place on December 3rd 1965. It was broadcast on KQED later that day, just before Dylan and The Hawks played their first night at the Berkeley Community Theater. Source: The Fiddler Now Upspoke, pp. 359-374.
KQED-TV Studios San Francisco, California 3 December 1965 San Francisco Press Conference
Released on the DVD Dylan Speaks, Eagle Media MDV622, 30 October 2006.
The big difference is that the songs I was writing last year, songs like Ballad in Plain D, they were what I call one-dimensional songs, but my new songs I’m trying to make more three-dimensional, you know, there’s more symbolism, they’re written on more than one level.
~Jenny De Yong And Peter Roche Interview, 30 April 1965
A song is anything that can walk by itself, I am called a songwriter. A poem is a naked person, some people say that I am a poet.
~Jacket notes Subterranean Homesick Blues
This is not a “best from 1965” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1965.
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
15 January 1965
The 3rd and last Bringing It All Back Home recording session, produced by Tom Wilson.
First released on BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, 22 March 1965.