T for Tom

Day 5 – Bringing It All Back Home – 1965

Posted in A Dylan A Day by johnsontoms on June 27, 2016



I have this one tattooed on my arm. I’ve had a hard time writing about this one now because I can’t take it seriously, for the project. Not because it isn’t serious – the opposite.

It’s the most serious – this was the day Dylan went electric. But – I’ve listened to this record a 1000 times and it is a mantra for me. It is an anthem, unwavering.

The words and the music aren’t as important. The feeling and the knowing that this is a fuck you is. It isn’t more, it isn’t less. We could talk about how he tried to level the anthem by making half of the record acoustic. But that’s the second half. It feels as alien to listen to it now as it ever had the first time, and time again. Especially and even now, when I’ve tried to place it within context of his life and career – there is no context for this.

It starts as it ends: subterranean.

If you want to get it, you gotta go down there with him.

Down on the pavement thinkin’ ’bout the government.

I will be in nothing less than a trance every time I listen, as before as again.

Song: “Maggie’s Farm”

For this: I’ve got a head full of ideas that are driving me insane.

Everything before and everything after have never made more sense than that.


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