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Idiot Wind

(Bob Dylan)

From the album: Blood On The Tracks (1975)
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 4.6/5 (638 votes)

11 comments

bob birch not even the 4th best song on Tracks. you are the idiots. although I like the emotive chestnut mare scene. Aug 20, 2013
Roger His angriest song. "You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies. One day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzing around your eyes. Blood on your saddle." Jesus Christ that is mean spirited. Go Bob! May 19, 2011
David Dixon I'm not an angry person. I try not to indulge the kind of bitterness that fuels Idiot Wind. However, it is a wonderful song. It is a powerful song with vivid images and superb writing used to express a great depth of angry emotion (I also like the melancholy Bootleg version). The song appears to have layers of meaning, rather than just one. There are references that seem to clearly point to a real relationship (bootleg version: "you could have the best there is, but it's going to cost you all your love. You can't get it for money."), but it seems quite possible that some sections refer to others-perhaps former friends, business associates, or classes of people, such as his fans. One guy (A.J. Weberman, I think) said it's an angry assault on America's ruling class, but I think it's clearly more personal than that. This is a song that springs from wounding, bitterness, sadness,disappointment, and regret. It seems to me it must flow from real broken relationship(s). Dec 20, 2007
ouali my favorite version is the bootleg series one,too.I agree isis. Apr 16, 2006
jenny kelly you an idiot babe Apr 11, 2006
sillygal33436 Your not alone Denise or Isis! Apr 09, 2006
Denise Black Am I the only listener to believe this song speaks about the public in large and not specifically to an old lover? Apr 09, 2006
Rolling Thunder For me, the greatest version is on Hard Rain. It is pure venom. Mar 29, 2006
Isis Think it's too simplistic to say this song is just about a former lover. All his songs, have layers of meaning...spirituality, love, hate, war, peace. That said, my favorite version is the Bootleg Series one. I think I prefer him melancholy to caustic. Mar 16, 2006
todd "everything i ever wanted to say to a former love. Perfect statement - Aims for the throat but hits the heart dead on." Mar 03, 2006
Beth always liked Idiot Wind, didn't realize so many others liked it too, speaks to a certain time in relationships when perhaps we were all idiots (but thought we were'working things out'). Personally, I'm glad those times are over! Mar 03, 2006
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All songs on Blood On The Tracks
Track Song
1 Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan)
2 Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan)
3 You're a Big Girl Now (Bob Dylan)
4 Idiot Wind (Bob Dylan)
5 You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Bob Dylan)
6 Meet Me In The Morning (Bob Dylan)
7 Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (Bob Dylan)
8 If You See Her, Say Hello (Bob Dylan)
9 Shelter from the Storm (Bob Dylan)
10 Buckets Of Rain (Bob Dylan)
Idiot Wind appears on these albums
Year Album
1975 Blood On The Tracks
1976 Hard Rain
1991 The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3
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