Saturday, January 17, 2015

40 Year Itch : Tangled Up in Blue

Illustration by Lauren Peppiatt via

"What's different about ['Tangled Up In Blue'] is that there's a code in the lyrics, and there's also no sense of time. There's no respect for it. You've got yesterday, today and tomorrow all in the same room, and there's very little you can't imagine not happening"
-Bob Dylan

  On January 17,1975 Bob Dylan released "Tangled Up In Blue, the first single from his forthcoming album Blood on the Tracks. Like the album itself, "Tangled" is about relationships, desire, missed connections, the past and the present of a well-travelled life. It's ranked as the best song Dylan ever wrote in an article by Neil McCormick in the Telegraph in 2014.

   McCormick writes " "The most dazzling lyric ever written, an abstract narrative of relationships told in an amorphous blend of first and third person, rolling past, present and future together, spilling out in tripping cadences and audacious internal rhymes, ripe with sharply turned images and observations and filled with a painfully desperate longing."

Again, the website for the illustrator is

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