Bob Dylan – “Like A Rolling Stone” Live
How Does It Feel To Be On Your Own?
“Like a Rolling Stone” was written and recorded by Boob Dylan. It was released on July 20, 1965 for his sixth studio album “Highway 61 Revisited.” Though they title may seem to reference The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan actually took it from a certain phrase: “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Some of the lyrics were also based on a short story written by Dylan about a debutante who fell out of the high society and eventually ended up a loner.
Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus.
- Number 1 in the US Cashbox Top 100
- Number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100
- Number 1 in the Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”
Not only did this song allowed Dylan to transition from being a folk singer into a very popular rock star, it was also praised for being revolutionary by means of fusing a wide variety of musical elements. It was such a breakthrough for the music industry when this became a global hit since during its time of release, radio stations were reluctant to play tracks exceeding three minutes and this one was set at 6 minutes and 13 seconds!
Unlike conventional chart hits of the time, “Like a Rolling Stone” featured lyrics that were interpreted as expressions of resentment rather than love.
It’s truly a masterpiece and undeniably one of the most unforgettable compositions of all time!