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"Desolation Row" is the closing track of Bob Dylan's sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited. It is noted for its length (11:21) and surreal lyrics. It was recorded on August 4, 1965, in Columbia's Studio A in New York City. The two takes spliced for the album were the second and third time Dylan had sung the song. Charlie McCoy played acoustic guitar for the record, making it the album's only track not to feature an electric guitar. An… read more

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They're selling postcards of the hanging, they're painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors, the circus is in town
Here comes the blind commissioner, they've got him in a trance
One hand is tied to the tight-rope walker, the other is in his pants

Bob Dylan - Desolation Row Lyrics


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  • My favorite Dylan song.
  • I think this is his best song.
  • An amazing story in an amazing song! One of the greatest ever written.
  • Listening to this makes me want to learn how to play the harmonica.
  • I'll never forget how this song hit me when I first heard it. [2]
  • Simply wonderful - what a song
  • this song is fucking apocalyptic
  • best dylan song
  • a masterpiece
  • one of my all-time favorites, really.

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