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Driving down a winding country road, putting more distance between you and your lover, contemplating all the good and all the gut wrenchingly bad aspects of this love. Let it go, let it fade away, your heart will be fine. Better than fine. And once you’ve found the proper distance from the supposed One, you can reminese fondly and then let it go.
Baby Let Me Follow You Down
“Can I come home with you?”
Yes, 1964 Bob Dylan. You most definitely can follow me down.
Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right
Such a great kiss off song.
PS: Mike Ness does a great cover.
I Shall Be Released
This song gives me shivers.
This video makes me wish I was both alive and old enough in 1976 to have gone to the Band’s Last Waltz and hang out with, well, all these people:
It Ain’t Me, Babe
Dylan tells it straight, you’re looking in the wrong place.
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
My first exposure to rap:
“Money doesn’t talk/ It swears/ Obsenity, who really cares/ Propoganda, all is phony”
Lay Lady Lay
One of the sexiest songs ever written.
“His clothes are dirty/ But his hands are clean/ And you’re the best thing/ That he’s ever seen”
Positively 4th Street
The ultimate song for backstabbers, fakers, and frenemies.
“I wish that for just one time/ You could stand inside my shoes/ You’d know what a drag it is/ To see you”
Queen Jane Approximately
Falling from grace leads you to the beggers and thiefs. And boy do they have much more fun.
Simple Twist of Fate
Curse the heavens, kick the ground, life takes us in confusing directions.
Thank the stars, kiss a stranger, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Sums up the 60s (to this young mind). Plus, it’s upbeat, catchy, and has crazy harmonica.
Sweet and sad and oh so personal. Dylan’s songwriting at its best.
You’re a Big Girl Now
All I’m gonna say is this is one of my favorite songs to make out to.
(Okay, so this list actually goes to thirteen.)