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Bob Dylan

Changing of the Guards (6:35)

"Changing of the Guards" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released in 1978 as a single and as the first track on his album Street Legal. As an A-side single it failed to reach the Billboard Top 100. However, it was included on Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Volume 3, released in 1994.

Musically, "Changing of the Guards," like much of Street Legal, has a strange sound, certainly unique for Dylan if not unique in general. This is in…

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  • I wish there was no female back vocal. Don't know why it distracts me so much, but it does Try Patti Smith's version of this song, found it much more listenable
  • But let's not overlook the amazing chord progression or deep and soulful band performance - let alone Bob's singing - which are equally integral to making this one of the best songs ever written.
  • "probably the best lyrics in any song." Yep, sounds accurate to me. Also, I just learned this was released as a single? Shoulda been a smash, heh heh.
  • Excellent!
  • This track is just brilliant, probably the best lyrics in any song.
  • i never understood the lyrics but allways liked the song, to be honest. imagine it with albert ayler on sax. there is a power within.
  • Fortune calls - I step forth from the shadows
  • i have a hunch that maybe "no one knew" is about his power and not the hour. people didn't know his power
  • I stumbled to my feet. I rode past destruction in the ditches With the stitches still mending 'neath a heart-shaped tattoo
  • amazing song, I remember way back when I was about 15, Street Legal was my favorite album. Now, It's still up there for me, top ten for sure.

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