Friday, October 16

Bob Dylan - "Positively 4th Street" / "From a Buick 6" (1965)

Wikipedia - "'Positively 4th Street' is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan, first recorded by Dylan in New York City on July 29, 1965. ... The song, like most of Dylan's, is composed of a simple harmonic, or chordal, and melodic structure; the verse has a I-ii-IV-I progression followed by I-V-IV-vi-V. Dylan begins by telling the unspecified second-person target of the song that they have a lot of nerve to say that they are his friend and then goes on to list a multitude of examples of their backstabbing duplicity. While the lyrics are distinctly negative, the organ-dominated backing music is that of care-free folk-rock. ... The lyrics of 'Positively 4th Street' are bitter and derisive, which caused many, at the time of the song's release, to draw a comparison with Dylan's similarly toned previous single 'Like a Rolling Stone'. ..."
amazon: Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña
NY Times: CHAPTER ONE - Positively 4th Street By DAVID HAJDU
NY Times: Protest and Soap Opera for 4 Singers of the 60's
YouTube: Positively 4th Street, From a Buick 6