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Like a Rolling Stone

(Bob Dylan)

From the album: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
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15 comments

Jeannie Bobby Gregg's opening bang on his snare drum opened all ears around the world to Bob Dylan's Classic Masterpiece. Jul 19, 2014
Ska Greatest song ever written it changed music however Jun 11, 2012
Tom Thumb With this song Dylan kicked open the door in my mind, came in and switched all the lights on. I was in the audience that night at the FTH in Manchester, England, when Dylan shoved the words down the throats of the all those with no eyes to see, no ears to hear. Jul 24, 2011
Wdbbrooks Whenever I have had to make big decisions in life this song was in my head or close by on a turntable .A swirling epic of a song that will be around forever.Poetic inspirational and genius - probably o e of the greatest songs ever May 19, 2011
Roger "You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns when they all did tricks for you". This is a song about a person who has spent a life detached and now must face a reality that was never explained. They were not ready for it and they must deal with transient nature of life as a Rolling Stone. May 19, 2011
Rolando What can I say that has not being said? This one and "Positively 4th Street" are the most cynical songs I've ever heard, but also the best! The initial drum sound is like an order to open up your mind to a whole new state of mind, totally unknown in 1965! Dec 24, 2009
Larry Rock and Rolls pinnacle May 05, 2007
abrockway one of the best rock songs of all time. especially impressive coming so soon in his "electric" phase Nov 01, 2006
Kate D. This song seems to mean something different to every person who hears it; and, therein lies the genius. To me, it is a statement of freedom. "How does it feel?" How does it feel to be free of all the material trappings, the burden of status, the mantle of responsibility? "When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose." How much more free can a person be? You can't. Not in this lifetime, anyway. Jun 07, 2006
Don Sullivan Since I first heard this song in 1965 as a second year college student, all I can remember is it's not "what do you think" BUT it's "how does it feel"---big difference. Haven't been the same since. Apr 01, 2006
Craig Piechura It made me a Bob Dylan fan for life. I remember the first time I heard it -- in the backseat of my parent's Dodge while on vacation in Pennsylvania with my family -- and couldn't believe a song that was that cryptic, that cool, and that long could be on the pop charts. From the opening pistol shot kick of the drum, the rinky-tink piano, Mike Bloomfield's snarling guitar, to the haunting organ licks by Al Kooper, this is unquestionably the greatest rock and roll single of all time. Once an entire group of rafters sang the entire song in unison in the wilds of the Rogue River in Oregon. Sort of the Dylan Tabernacle Choir. How many other pop songs have an entire book written about it? For our sake and Greil Marcus', thankfully no others. Mar 29, 2006
Dean DeHarppporte After playing this song a thousand times and hearing Dylan sing it about 20 times (each time differently) I think I am finally beginning to understand what makes the song so brilliant. The song is an expression of existentialism. It rips away all the manipulations, power plays, hypocrisies, and delusions with which we deceive ourselves into thinking that we can transcend the reality that ultimately each of us faces life alone on an Earth "where ignorant armies clash by night". The song tells us that meals, deals, steals, and conceal [ment]s cannot rescue us from the reality that we alone are responsible for what befalls us, not the government, friends or even our lovers. We are merely stones rolling through life battered by Nature and intolerance and violence, redeemable only by acknowledging that we alone can make our lives meaningful. Mar 11, 2006
Bill Cohen A song about being lost, an angry song to a woman who was mistaken about her choices. To a woman who is now alone after falling from grace. How does it FEEL? A sarcastic song with intense lyrics and tone. Feb 03, 2006
Matthew The first Dylan song I ever heard, when I was 13 years old in 1975. A.M. radio; transistor with a little itty-bitty speaker. Yet it reverberated so clearly that my soul still trembles, all these years later. I didn't know the history then, that it was a shot across the bow of American culture. All I knew was that voice...that voice! It was the most amazing thing I'd ever heard. Still is. Nov 25, 2005
Sam Stone Like A Rolling Stone is so great. You read the lyrics and its like...WOW!!!! This is my favorite Dylan song and I'm glad to see it at the #1 spot on the 'Top 100'. Aug 26, 2005
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All songs on Highway 61 Revisited
Track Song
1 Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
2 Tombstone Blues (Bob Dylan)
3 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Bob Dylan)
4 From a Buick 6 (Bob Dylan)
5 Ballad of a Thin Man (Bob Dylan)
6 Queen Jane Approximately (Bob Dylan)
7 Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan)
8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Bob Dylan)
9 Desolation Row (Bob Dylan)
Like a Rolling Stone appears on these albums
Year Album
1965 Highway 61 Revisited
1967 Greatest Hits
1970 Self Portrait
1974 Before The Flood
1979 At Budokan
1985 Biograph
1991 The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3
1995 MTV Unplugged
1997 The Best of Bob Dylan
1998 The Bootleg Series Vol. 4 - Live 1966
2000 The Essential Bob Dylan
2005 The Best Of Bob Dylan
2005 The Bootleg Series Vol. 7 - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack
2007 Dylan
2010 The Best of the Original Mono Recordings
2015 The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge (1965-1966)
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