Friday, March 25, 2011

Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man



Mr. Tambourine Man info:

"Mr. Tambourine Man" is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan, which was released on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The Byrds also recorded a version of the song that was released as their first single on Columbia Records, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, as well as being the title track of their first album, Mr. Tambourine Man. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics in the wake of the single's success.

This song has been covered by many artists, including Judy Collins, Odetta, Melanie, and William Shatner. The song's popularity led to Dylan recording it live many times, and it has been included in multiple Dylan and Byrds compilation albums. It has been translated into other languages, and has been used or referenced in television shows, films and books.

The song has a bright, expansive melody and has become famous in particular for its surrealistic imagery, influenced by artists as diverse as French poet Arthur Rimbaud and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini. The lyrics call on the title character to play a song and the narrator will follow. Interpretations of the lyrics have included a paean to drugs such as LSD, a call to the singer's muse, a reflection of the audience's demands on the singer, and religious interpretations. Dylan sings the song in four verses, only one of which was used for The Byrds' recording. Dylan's and The Byrds' versions have appeared on various lists ranking the greatest songs of all time, including an appearance by both on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best songs ever. Both versions also received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards.

51 comments:

  1. wow this is a really great oldie song!

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  2. oh god, shatner covered it? awesome. I'm going to have to search that hahah

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  3. Another interpretation is that Dylan is going to see his drug dealer ;P

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  4. I actually recognized the title but the song didn't sound familiar, my parents recognize it tho.

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  5. this song is still played on the radio from time to time where im from

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  6. did shatner record his cover or what? i'd be interested in hearing that.

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  7. that song is really old man.

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  8. I love falling asleep listening to Bob Dylan. He's such a great artist and his music truly is timeless.

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  9. Man, I haven't heard Bob Dylan for ages. My sixth grade French teacher was a hardcore hippie and he'd have it playing whenever we were working by ourselves on an essay or something. Nostalgia'd hard.

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  10. I've been a hudge fan of bob dylan. Not much LSD though.

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  11. Wow I haven't heard this in some time.
    Nice!

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  12. I might be the only person in the world who doesn't like Bob Dylan.

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  13. Dylan surely is one of the best. Good song this one, although not his greatest.

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  14. Classic! I love muh Bob Dylan

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  15. So good dude. I really love your blog

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  16. This is what's called MUSIC

    +followed!

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  17. Man this is my favorite Dylan song! Great blog!

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  18. i LOVE THIS SONG! Dylan to me, is the quintessential musician's musician. tambourine maaaan, play a song for me~

    keep sharing music like this, really appreciate it!

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  19. Very nice! great post thanks for shareing!

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  20. I love the old school acoustic sound. Nice post!

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  21. <3 Mr. Tambourine Man. He influenced the world of music especially rock/folk music.

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  22. Very nice. I kind of want to download then listen to all of the Top 500 songs. That'd make for a killer ipod.

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  23. Oh my dad is here with me he INSISTED on playing this song

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  24. Love it, This is a great version.

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  25. havent heard this for ages.. thanks

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  26. awesome. love the byrds version.

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  27. heard this one before! great song!

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