Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (3:55)

Cover of Blonde on Blonde

From Blonde on Blonde and 78 other releases

“Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” is a song by Bob Dylan, from his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Like many other Dylan songs of the 1965-1966 period, the song features a surreal, playful lyric set to an electric blues accompaniment.

Dylan’s lyrics affectionately ridicule a female “fashion victim” who wears a leopard skin pillbox hat. The pillbox hat was a popular, highly fashionable ladies’ hat in the United States in the early-to-mid 1960s, and was most famously worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Dylan satirically crosses this accessory’s high-fashion image with leopard-skin material, perceived as considerably more downmarket and vulgar. (Of course, genuine leopard skin was very upmarket, since it came from an endangered species. It was not yet illegal to trade in leopard-skin, but it was rare and valuable.) The song was also written and released long after pillbox hats had been at the height of fashion, something that was very apparent to listeners at the time.
The song has been widely speculated to be inspired by Edie Sedgwick, an actress/model known for her association with Andy Warhol. Sedgwick is also often suspected as being an inspiration for other Dylan songs of the time, particularly some from Blonde on Blonde.


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  • MachineCoil


    11 Jan 9:17pm Reply
  • gombost

    "Well, I saw him makin' love to you / You forgot to close the garage door" I love how he laughs a bit while saying "garage door" :D

    27 Sep 2013 Reply

    not a fave.

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    yep, vol 4 bootleg. this version is perfect. the album ver. is kind of lame.

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dabigcheeze

    I love this song, it's absolutely hilarious.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • CursedEvil

    I heard him singing this live...It's just way too medicore for me.:/

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    The wry humor in this...you sly dog,Bob!

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • spiritbouleau

    ah edie ♥

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ge_mig_arsenik

    I know what he really loves you for

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • AK_LaMPaRD

    "if you wanna see the sun rise, honey i know where" lol'd.

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • tvzfam

    Cracks me up everytime!

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ralfsu

    The Vol.4 live version blows the socks off my fucking feet! :)

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • AceOfSpades24

    It balances on your head just like a mattress balances on a bottle of wine

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • crazedbard

    No indeed, it's not just a hat, IT'S YOUR BRAND NEW LEOPARD SKIN PILL BOX HAT. Was that too obvious? Excuse me.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply

    amazing, definitely not just about a hat, if you know what i mean

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • AK_LaMPaRD

    what does he say at the end of this song in royal albert hall version?

    11 May 2011 Reply
  • MrLynk

    "It's just about a hat, man." - Bob Dylan.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Jayryn

    sweet tune

    28 Oct 2010 Reply
  • godonnygo

    Live 66 version is definitive. Rocks a bit harder than BoB and has the hilarious mumbling at the end "....if only you wouldn't clap so hard".

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • stereosymmetry

    Why does it say this song is on Blonde on Blonde (Disc 1)? I own Blonde on Blonde, it's only one disc...

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
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