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Bob Dylan

North Country Blues (4:35)

"North Country Blues" is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his 3rd studio album The Times They Are a-Changin' in 1964. He also performed it at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival.
Its apparently simple format (ten verses of ABCB rhyme scheme) and subject matter (the run down of a mining community) appears influenced by Woody Guthrie.
The song opens with a deliberately conventional opening (Come gather round friends and…

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Come gather 'round friends and I'll tell you a tale
Of when the red iron pits ran a-plenty
But the cardboard-filled windows and old men on the benches
Tell you now that the whole town is empty

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  • heartbreaking [2]
  • Listening to Mr Dylan's 3rd album "The times they are a-changin'" released January 13, 1964 two months after Kennedy was assassinated. From the Only Solitaire Review: Apparently, Mr. Zimmerman was experiencing lots of indirect pressure from his folk music colleagues (and folks down at the record company as well) who wanted to have him put forth a real protest song album - you know, no obscure metaphorical shite like 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', too artsy and indirect to be appreciated by those whoe believed in music as a political instrument. Bobbie, then, who was writing songs at a dozen per cigarette and already had a good batch of protest songs in store at the time of release of Freewheelin', was quite willing to oblige. And that's exactly what you get - ten protest songs with straightahead, generic, unsophisticated (by Bob's own standards of 1964) lyrics.
  • The summer is gone and the grounds gettin' cold, the stores one by one they're a-foldin'.. My children will go as soon as they grow, for there ain't nothin' here now to hold them.
  • Love it......
  • One of his absolute best songs. A true masterpiece!
  • Just heard it for the first time and by God, what an amazing track. This man's a genius
  • Yesterday, the biggest industry of my hometown announced they will move their production to Poland next year. My mother, and hundreds with her, will soon face unenployment. They complain in the west, they are paying too high...
  • Haunting
  • why is the video attached above of some dude playing Northern Country Girl -.-
  • What everyone else said. Stunning, stunning track. "So the mining gates locked and the iron ore rotted and the room smelled heavy from drinking..."


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