Maggie's Farm (3:55)

Cover of Bringing It All Back Home

From Bringing It All Back Home and 149 other releases

“Maggie’s Farm” is a song written by Bob Dylan, recorded on January 15, 1965, and released on the album Bringing It All Back Home on March 22 of that year. Like many other Dylan songs of the 1965-66 period, “Maggie’s Farm” is based in electric blues.

The song, essentially a protest song against protest folk, represents Dylan’s transition from a folk singer who sought authenticity in traditional song-forms and activist politics to an innovative stylist whose self-exploration made him a cultural muse for a generation. (See “Like a Rolling Stone” and influence on The Beatles, etc.)


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I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
Well, I wake in the morning
Fold my hands and pray for rain

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  • IamFlood

    it's true the newport versions drowns all the others, viciously and without mercy.

    27 Jul 11:11pm Reply

    wow, Bloomfield on guitar!!!!!!!

    1 Jun 8:17pm Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to Mr Dylan's 5th album "Bring It All Back Home" released March 22.1965. Dylan started to distance himself from the protest and folk. This album was considered a new era in the evolution of Mr Dylan's music and music of the 60s in general, much to the dismay of some folkies like Pete Seeger.

    12 Jan 11:12am Reply
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  • Druid66

    Working man's (or woman's, for that matter) anthem!

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DaveBaldwin

    TP and the HBs backin BD up.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Ven2ri

    I'm keen on version from Newport 65' as Mike Bloomfield was superb!

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • hevitate

    They say -sing while you slave - and I just get bored

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • mandryka

    They say "Sing while you slave!" and I just get bored...

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Interstate 88: how good to hear an awesome live version again after twenty-three years! Easily the best arrangement since the Newport Folk Festival blast of brilliance. Sure, 1976 and 1978 had cool riffs, but the performances themselves dragged. Here, Dylan's singing it right again, and G. E. Smith tears the song apart on lead. It's been too long.

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dabigcheeze

    It's a shame the way she makes me scrub the floor.

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    In the tv show Walking Dead when they arrive to a farm where there was a girl name Maggie living there along with her sister and her dad..And now everytime i hear this song i think of that..

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    She's 68 but say she's 24.

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • chibinovachan

    I love this song but I'm not really feeling this version...

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidmills71

    Maggies family are dicks

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • davidmills71

    Im not doing shit for Maggie no more,,, lol.

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • AleConner

    Happy Birthday Bob.

    24 May 2012 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    He`ll put a cigar out in your face just for kicks...the whole family sounds like the Bundys...great tune...get off that farm,Bob

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • ZeppDoorsFloyd

    funniest song!

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
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