Mr. Tambourine Man (5:26)

Cover of Bringing It All Back Home

From Bringing It All Back Home and 208 other releases

“Mr. Tambourine Man” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan and featured on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, produced by Tom Wilson. After Dylan wrote it, he produced a demo in December 1964, which The Byrds’ version is based on. Dylan’s recording of the song is placed at #106 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[1] Due to The Byrds’ version of the song also making the list at #79, it is one of three songs to place twice, along with “Walk This Way” by both Aerosmith and Run-DMC with Perry and Tyler, and “Blue Suede Shoes” by both Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.[2]

Two earlier recordings by Dylan of the song, one live at New York’s Philharmonic Hall dating from October 31, 1964, and one recorded with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott on backing vocals during sessions for Another Side of Bob Dylan (also 1964), have recently been given official releases; they are available on The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall (2004) and The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home (2005) respectively. Videos of this song with Bob Dylan singing and playing it at the Newport Folk Festival of 1964 can be seen on No Direction Home, a documentary film by Martin Scorsese, and Murray Lerner’s The Other Side Of The Mirror.

Structurally, the song is notable for the fact that it begins with an iteration of the chorus, rather than following the conventional pop song structure, which typically employs a brief instrumental introduction that leads into the first verse.


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Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning, I'll come followin' you

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  • marjo47

    Great protest singer song-writer.

    17 Jan 4:23pm 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..

    12 Jan 11:15am Reply
  • blackcordelias

    thank goodness Bob Dylan exists

    2 Jan 3:48am Reply
  • MartianReaper

    Someone please explain to me how it is possible for a human being to write lyrics like these, because I still firmly believe it's not. [4] indeed

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗ ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Smoke rings of my mind...

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Ground breaking? Perhaps...but when you go electric, it sort of makes there more THERE.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • brukixd

    in the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • blue_manu

    harmônica <3

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • EriksenGHTV

    My favourite <3

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • ItaloCardoso-

    play a song for me

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
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    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • DrMichaelGalvin

    This ain't Bob.

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • way2blues

    I'm ready to go anywhere. I'm ready for to fade.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Malkamillian

    Apparently it's some guy called Helio Sequence.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Malkamillian

    Quite a chilled version. Not Dylan.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • arcticfoxes

    would probably get my vote for the most beautiful piece of music ever recorded

    26 Jan 2014 Reply
  • c_a_r_o_l_i_n_e

    Beautiful song, beautiful version

    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • tomrud73

    ugh. Byrds' version please.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
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