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Idiot Wind

(Bob Dylan)

From the album: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3 (1991)

 4.7/5 (34 votes)


Jake This song (this version) is Dylan's greatest work. In my opinion. I was skeptical about it at first, having been so used to the BOTT version, but it gradually won me over after several listens. Furthermore, the ending lyrics make more sense with this mournful sound than they do with the aggressive, angry BOTT sound. There is more ambiguity and it actually feels like two people talking rather than just Dylan spouting insults (which is not to say that the latter is bad, it's not). And, best of all, I just love the way Dylan says "flies" (... buzzing around your eyes) in this version. I get goosebumps. Aug 30, 2015
Nina On BOTT, I listen to this song and I find myself cowering and cringing, like crockery is flying at MY head-- I only hope that as the listener, I manage to duck all the projectiles by the time the singer's exhausted himself at the end. Then i hear this version on the bootleg--and--same song??--all I want to do is cover this poor wounded creature with tenderness and blankets and then pray for him to have one dreamless night. HUH?? This is the same song?? (May I say though, that the line in BOTT, "smoke pouring out of a boxcar door" is just one of those things that makes life worth living.) May 18, 2005
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1 Hard Times in New York Town (Bob Dylan)
2 He Was a Friend of Mine (Traditional)
3 Man on the Street (Bob Dylan)
4 No More Auction Block (Live) (Traditional)
5 House Carpenter (Traditional)
6 Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues (Bob Dylan)
7 Let Me Die in My Footsteps (Bob Dylan)
8 Ramblin' Gamblin' Willie (Bob Dylan)
9 Talkin' Have Negeilah Blues (Bob Dylan)
10 Quit Your Low Down Ways (Bob Dylan)
11 Worried Blues (Traditional)
12 Kingsport Town (Traditional)
13 Walkin' Down the Line (Bob Dylan)
14 Walls of Red Wing (Bob Dylan)
15 Paths of Victory (Bob Dylan)
16 Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (Live 1963) (Bob Dylan)
17 Who Killed Davey Moore? (Live 1963) (Bob Dylan)
18 Only a Hobo (Bob Dylan)
19 Moonshiner (Traditional)
20 When the Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan)
21 The Times They Are A-Changin' (piano version) (Bob Dylan)
23 Seven Curses (Bob Dylan)
24 Eternal Circle (Bob Dylan)
25 Suze (The Cough Song) (Bob Dylan)
26 Mama, You Been on My Mind (Bob Dylan)
27 Farewell, Angelina (Bob Dylan)
28 Subterranean Homesick Blues (Bob Dylan)
29 If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Bob Dylan)
30 Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence (Bob Dylan)
31 Like a Rolling Stone (Alternate Take) (Bob Dylan)
32 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Alternate Version) (Bob Dylan)
33 I'll Keep It With Mine (Bob Dylan)
34 She's Your Lover Now (Bob Dylan)
35 I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
36 Santa-Fe (Bob Dylan)
37 If Not For You (Alternate Version) (Bob Dylan)
38 Wallflower (Bob Dylan)
39 Nobody 'Cept You (Bob Dylan)
40 Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan)
41 Call Letter Blues (Bob Dylan)
42 Idiot Wind (Bob Dylan)
43 If You See Her, Say Hello (Bob Dylan)
44 Golden Loom (Bob Dylan)
45 Catfish (Dylan/Levy)
46 Seven Days (Live 1976) (Bob Dylan)
47 Ye Shall Be Changed (Bob Dylan)
48 Every Grain of Sand (Bob Dylan)
49 You Changed My Life (Bob Dylan)
50 Need a Woman (Bob Dylan)
51 Angelina (Bob Dylan)
52 Someone's Got a Hold of My Heart (Bob Dylan)
53 Tell Me (Bob Dylan)
54 Lord Protect My Child (Bob Dylan)
55 Foot of Pride (Bob Dylan)
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Idiot Wind appears on these albums
Year Album
1975 Blood On The Tracks
1976 Hard Rain
1991 The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3