Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (3:39)

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‘’Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962, and released on the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Dylan once introduced “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” as “a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better… as if you were talking to yourself.” The song, written around the time that Suze Rotolo indefinitely prolonged her stay in Italy, is based on a melody taught to Dylan by folksinger Paul Clayton. NPR’s Tim Riley described the song as “the last word in a long, embittered argument, a paper-thin consolation sung with spite.”

As well as the melody, a couple of lines were taken from Clayton’s “Who’s Goin’ to Buy You Ribbons When I’m Gone?” which was recorded in 1960, two years before Dylan wrote “Don’t Think Twice.” Lines taken word-for-word or slightly altered from the Clayton song are, “T’ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, darlin’,” and, “So I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road.” On the first release of the song, instead of “So I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell” Dylan sings “So long, honey babe, where I’m bound, I can’t tell”. The lyrics were changed when Dylan performed live versions of the song and on cover versions recorded by other artists.

The original album version of the song is played in a fast, fingerstyle manner by, some speculate, Bruce Langhorne.[1] In live performances, Dylan often strummed the chords, or flatpicks, albeit in a similar, fast-paced manner.


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  • silversurfer250

    You're the reason I'm traveling on...

    13 Sep 7:13pm Reply
  • karnickel

    17 Jun 10:00pm Reply
  • Storchel

    Love it.....

    19 May 4:56pm Reply
  • moendroelma

    lol. feel the difference vitality makes.

    2 May 4:24pm Reply
  • grintodeath

    I realize nothing can compare to the original, but Mike Ness does it well

    17 Apr 1:12pm Reply
  • Rad-Panda

    Love this song, but this live version they're now playing on this site is not the same and doesn't capture the mood at all...

    13 Mar 12:07pm Reply
  • Songs_of_Myself

    Such a great song, great lyrics and conflicted emotions throughout ... "But I wish there was somethin' you would do or say, to try and make me change my mind and stay" ... "I once loved a woman, a child I'm told, I give her my heart but she wanted my soul" ... "I ain't sayin' you treated me unkind, you coulda done better but I don't mind" ...

    19 Jan 12:50am Reply
  • ge_mig_arsenik

    You just kinda wasted my precious time.

    4 Jan 3:43am Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    its dylan....say allelujah

    1 Jan 3:31am Reply
  • CyborgKing-Rudy

    I'm hearing a woman singing, more Blossom Dearie than Joan Baez. It sure as hell is not Dylan's version. [2] Haha, that's what I'm hearing. Meanwhile, everyone's talking about his voice changing and I'm thinking... no shit.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Homer was a poet too. Can you imagine singing the Iilaid?

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dogs_best_frnd

    Forget he writes music...he is first a poet!!!

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • OTCculture

    one of the most beautiful songs written. poignant, simple, collected.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Come on gal....

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • creepingdeathv2

    so mature, so calm and peaceful. beautiful

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    this has to be one of Dylan's best songs of my favs, also.

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • stevelew76

    my fave bob track

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • johannez1

    Has to be my favourite song of his, it just doesn't get much better than this, the lyrics are perfect!

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mythogenesis

    the greatest breakup song ever written (3) But we never did too much talking anyway... So don't think twice, it's alright! (2)

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    Age has in fact made Dylan sound older than anyone that ever lived, actually, BlueEyedSoulBro. But this was him at his best. One of my favourite of many brilliant Dylan songs.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
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