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John Wesley Hardin (1853–1895) was American gun-fighter. His name was rendered as "John Wesley Harding" on the Dylan song and album.

Dylan discussed 'John Wesley Harding' when he spoke with Rolling Stone Magazine in 1969: "I was gonna write a ballad on … like maybe one of those old cowboy … you know, a real long ballad. But in the middle of the second verse, I got tired. I had a tune, and I didn't want to waste the… read more

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John Wesley Harding
Was a friend to the poor
He traveled with a gun in every hand
All along this countryside
He opened a many a door
But he was never…

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding Lyrics


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