Underrated song this - a nice shimmering guitar line and great storytelling. I think it was Dylan's sly way of responding to the way Lennon aped his style on "Hide Your Love Away" and "Norwegian Wood".
i stood there and hummed. i tapped on her drum. and asked her how come? and she buttoned her boot and straightned her suit and said don't get cute. so i forced my hands in my pockets and felt with my thumbs and very gallantly handed her my very last piece of gum
Funny...I knew about the simialirity to Norweigan Wood but only heard Lennon refer to this song as stealing from The Beatles. Didn't know it was probably on purpose. Anyway, this is the last album in which Dylan actually mattered.
no, I disagree, I like this better than norwegian wood, it's cascading organ riff alone is truly haunting and breathtaking. Yo La Tengo's cover is excellent too, despite being not that different sounding
Or, according to Wikipedia: the two tracks boast a reasonably similar melody and lyrical premise. Norwegian Wood was considered an artistic leap for Lennon, as it was his earliest story-song and boasted an obvious Dylan-influence. 4th Time Around has been seen as either a playful homage, or a satirical warning to Lennon about co-opting Dylan's well-known songwriting devices. Lennon himself fe