Tangled Up in Blue (5:41)

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“Tangled Up in Blue” is a song by Bob Dylan. It appeared on his album Blood on the Tracks in 1975. Rolling Stone ranked it #68 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
It was originally recorded in Nashville TN. with Eric Weisberg and Deliverence, A bluegrass band. However
Bob didn’t really like the way it turned out so…When he traveled to the Twin Cities where his mother and brother live for a visit, he decided to re-record it with two session guys from Minneapolis, Billy Peterson and Bill Berg,

(Bass and Drums) Both were and still are First call musicians. It was recorded in three short days at Sound 80
studios. The song was originally written in the key of D by Bob, But Billy Peterson, the Bassist made a simple suggestion, Asking “Should we try it in A?” which gave it the distinctive sound of the resonating A chord.


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  • TheGreatChupon

    If Dylan were a fiddler, then Cohen's "the fiddler fiddles something so sublime" might've been written about the 1984 incarnation of Tangled. I cried my way through the Offenbach performance (June 11th, 1984) yesterday and I don't mind saying it. It's so powerful it makes me feel I lived the whole story, lived and breathed and wept and bled it. I'm not sure a song has ever made me feel quite that way before.

    12 Jun 5:14pm Reply
  • watlingfen

    Much prefer the early stuff (1960's) 'Like A Rollin' Stone ' Queen Jane Approx..' but then each to his/her own .

    12 Jun 2:32pm Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Blood On the Tracks is one of the best ones same with Blonde on Blonde and that funny rainy day woman song

    4 Jun 7:57pm Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    I love Tangled's 1984 transformation. It feels like Bob made it to the heart of the song only then, which would mean that in fact it took him ten years to live and *twelve* years to write!

    13 May 1:51pm Reply
  • summerchill13

    keep on keepin on...

    2 May 3:18pm Reply
  • pier007

    "I spent ten years living this song, and two years writing it"... Only Bob...

    24 Apr 4:15pm Reply
  • MarcT1957

    Bob Dylan writes THE BEST stories......

    22 Apr 8:14pm Reply
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  • Gellies

    One of my favorite Dylan songs ever.

    27 Mar 4:37pm Reply
  • darkodeath

    Wonderin' if she'd changed at all, If her hair was still red...

    17 Mar 5:20am Reply
  • barryvs

    I can't get over how good this is.

    15 Feb 10:13am Reply
  • ralfsu

    She lit a burner on the stove, wearin' a dress made out of stars and stripes. "Thought you'd never say hello", she said,"you know, you look like you could be the silent type". And she opened up the Bible and she started quoting it to me - Jeremiah, chapter 17, from verses 21 and 33.

    3 Jan 12:06am Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    The 1976 live full-band arrangement is absolutely insane, and THIS close to falling apart at any given second... but it's totally fuckin' awesome, too. So many people's heads must've blown open in Salt Lake City '76, which not only featured the beautiful chaos of this number done elecrtric, but the only Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, and supposedly even the only Black Diamond Bay? Forget it. No wonder no tape circulates; the taper must've exploded from the awesomeness of it all.

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ralfsu

    She was working in the blinding light and I stopped in for a drink. I just kept looking at her face so white, I didn't know what to think. Later on as the crowd thinned out, I was getting ready to leave. She was standing there, beside my chair, saying "What's that you got up your sleeve?"... I said "Nothing baby, and thats for sure".

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • drunksheep

    this music sums up everything i love about bob dylan

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • WLDB

    Im nearing 300 listens. Wow.

    16 Jun 2012 Reply
  • caponerider1

    flat refuse to give up my bob dylan 8 track!

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • palanwen

    Idiots... dear god, go to college.

    2 Jun 2012 Reply
  • keithhorner1

    I would Love this track if my Love button worked!!

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • dirtydogintex

    arlo's not a similar artist?

    19 May 2012 Reply
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