I Want You (3:05)

Cover of Blonde on Blonde

From Blonde on Blonde and 98 other releases

“I Want You” is a 1966 song recorded by Bob Dylan which appeared on the album Blonde on Blonde.
It was also released as a single with a live version of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” in June, reaching number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 and number sixteen in the UK.
A live version later appeared on the album, Dylan and the Dead, a collaboration with the Grateful Dead.

It has been argued that the song is about Anita Pallenberg, at the time the girlfriend of Brian Jones, because of the line “Now your dancing child with his chinese suit/ He spoke to me, I took his flute.
No, I wasn’t very cute to him”. Brian Jones was known to Dylan and they hung out when Dylan was in London. The relationship was amicable but also tense, ending up in a car chase and car crash (without any casualties) in the middle of the night. Jones used to wear a chinese shirt at the time. Another line states that “time was on his side”, perhaps referencing a Rolling Stones song from 1964, called ‘Time is On My Side’. Pallenberg later had two children with Keith Richards.


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The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns

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  • HayleighRayment

    I want uuuia

    13 Jul 9:10pm Reply
  • AlterJohn

    Toller Song zum guten Video.

    22 Jun 5:18pm Reply
  • RodrigoSousarj

    I think this is perfection

    12 Jun 11:10am Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    he wrote every song on "Blonde on Blonde"

    27 May 12:35pm Reply
  • kanto_sho

    After ages I noted that Dylan didn't write the song.

    19 May 3:34pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    What I love about this song is that to me, it really nails the feeling of falling in love with someone. [3] and oh no, am I in for another Bob Dylan phase? :) [2] Bob Dylan never gets old!

    18 May 11:11pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    oh these words..

    18 May 11:28am Reply
  • GermanoKF

    What I love about this song is that to me, it really nails the feeling of falling in love with someone. [2]

    14 May 1:20am Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    What I love about this song is that to me, it really nails the feeling of falling in love with someone. The verses seem non-sensical at times, but passionate-but the chorus just sums up the feeling. Excellent song writing!

    12 May 3:07am Reply
  • stevemainwaring

    One of his best for me

    3 May 9:10am Reply
  • adventureba


    16 Apr 4:18am Reply
  • okcesar

    Una linda búsqueda del regreso del idilio. Y el tono de folk ágil y tierno en simultánea funciona muy bien.

    15 Feb 4:53pm Reply
  • choosefruit

    My favourite song forever!

    20 Jan 1:37am Reply
  • a-Me-with-a-You

    So different, wouldn't have minded a whole album with this sound. Not one bit.

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • andrewirving

    <3 love

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Beautiful song.

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Might not make sense....but...my fave track of Dylans...:-))

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    The cracked bells and washed-out horns blow into my face with scorn, but it’s not that way I wasn’t born to lose you.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Antonius-Blovk

    The Live at Budokan version is awesome!

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
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