My Back Pages (4:23)

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“My Back Pages” is a song written by Bob Dylan and included on his 1964 Another Side of Bob Dylan album (see 1964 in music). It is stylistically similar to his earlier folk protest songs and features Dylan’s voice with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. However its lyrics and in particular the refrain “Ah, but I was so much older then/I’m younger than that now” seem intended as a rejection of Dylan’s earlier personal and political idealism, coupled with his growing disillusionment with the 1960s folk music “protest scene” with which he was associated.


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Crimson flames tied through my ears, rollin' high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads using ideas as my maps
"We'll meet on edges, soon," said I, proud 'neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now

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  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the fourth studio album "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" released on August 8, 1964 and recorded in one day on June 9, 1964. In February 1964 Bob and three friends took a 22 day trip road trip from NYC to Californian in a station wagon for inspiration for this album. Panned by most major critics as Bob selling out the folk music scene, but Bob was just evolving in hindsight.

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    I got a Dylan-Wannabe on my video side this time. He's okay. Dylan never sounded this f 'n sincere, warm & heartfelt as far as I'm concerned. I guess they switch these YouTube videos from time to time of Doctor Robert and the laymen. (Haha,sounds like a lost 1960's Benedictene Band) Jk

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kntmr

    The 30th Anniversary Concert version is beyond amazing. To see Roger Mcguinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison singing this masterpiece with Bob is truly epic. I can't stop listening to it.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    Me ha salvado de no pocos momentos de debilidad. Muy agradecido por ello.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • andrewirving

    really is one of those songs that becomes even more meaningful as you grow older - remember the words 'using ideas as my maps' striking a chord with me for the first time a few years ago

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
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    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ursocool

    I heard this song in this japanese film. 'My Back Pages' good movie.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tofustirfry

    ahhh, a song about growing up :) this song is still good every time i listen.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • leoislostatsea


    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF


    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Gerrykandler

    I was so much older then - unfortunately I am not younger than that now.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tofustirfry

    :) "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." Perfect.

    4 Jul 2012 Reply
  • MrRetardization

    one of the best songs EVER written from ANYONE [6]

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Mirabo

    that harmonica on Soul (Berlin, June 17, 1996).

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
  • andrewirving

    <3 favourite dylan album

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Pentangla


    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • audiodan


    1 Feb 2012 Reply
  • JellyBean1994

    This is great, fantastic lyrics.

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Ender018

    One of the best songs he's ever written. Introspective and insightful.

    24 Aug 2011 Reply
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