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[[caption-width-right:350:''Highway 61 Revisited''.]]

->''"Something is happening here, but you don't know what it is/Do you, Mister Jones?"''
-->--'''"Ballad of a Thin Man"'''

'''''Highway 61 Revisited''''' is the sixth studio album by Music/BobDylan, released in 1965. Many fans and rock historians consider it to be one of his masterpieces. ''Rolling Stone'''s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time ranks it at [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/bob-dylan-highway-61-revisited-20120524 number four]].

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!! Tracklist:

# "Like A Rolling Stone" - 6:13
# "Tombstone Blues" - 6:00
# "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry" - 4:09
# "From A Buick 6" - 3:19
# "Ballad Of A Thin Man" - 5:58
# "Queen Jane Approximately" - 5:31
# "Highway 61 Revisited" - 3:30
# "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" - 5:32
# "Desolation Row" - 11:21

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!! Like A Rolling Trope:

* UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein: Apparently "disguised as Literature/RobinHood", according to the song "Desolation Row".
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Abe said: "Where do you want this killing done?/And God said: just go down there to Highway 61" in "Highway 61 Revisited".
* BalladOfX: "Ballad Of A Thin Man"
* BreakTheHaughty: "Like A Rolling Stone"
* ClingyMacGuffin: Mack the Finger who, in the song "Highway 61 Revisited" claims to have "forty red white and blue shoe strings and a thousand telephones that don't ring" and desperately tries to get rid of them.
* CoverVersion: Music/PJHarvey covered "Highway 61 Revisited" on her 1993 album ''Rid of Me'' (1993).
** It's a fairly safe bet that every single song on the album has dozens, if not hundreds, of cover versions.
* {{Cyclops}}: The one-eyed midget in "Ballad Of A Thin Man".
* TheDitz: The clueless Mr. Jones in "Ballad Of A Thin Man".
* DrunkenSong: "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" : it has a kind of drunken vibe from the very beginning, but the final verse confirms it:
-->I started out on burgundy \\
But soon hit the harder stuff \\
Everybody said they'd stand behind me \\
When the game got rough \\
But the joke was on me \\
There was nobody even there to bluff \\
I'm going back to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity \\
I do believe I've had enough.
* EpicRocking: "Desolation Row".
* FaceOnTheCover: Dylan, posing for the camera.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: The central message of "Like A Rolling Stone".
* LyricalDissonance: "Like A Rolling Stone".
* [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Title]]: Highway 61 runs from Dylan's childhood home in Minnesota to the home of the {{Blues}} in UsefulNotes/NewOrleans and the Mississippi river.
* MindScrew: Most of the lyrics.
* MoralityBallad: "Like A Rolling Stone".
* OdeToIntoxication: An ambiguous one in "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues;" there's a lot of drunkenness in that song, and it's not entirely negative or positive.
* PerpetualPoverty: Georgia Sam in "Highway 61 Revisited".
* PrincessInRags: "Like A Rolling Stone"
* ReasoningWithGod: Abraham and God in "Highway 61 Revisited".
* ReferenceOverdosed:
** UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte in "Like A Rolling Stone".
** Paul Revere, Belle Starr, Jezebel, UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper, John The Baptist, The Philistine King, UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei, Delilah, Cecil B. De Mille, Ma Rainey, Music/LudwigVanBeethoven, Gypsy Davy (a song by Music/WoodyGuthrie) in "Tombstone Blues".
** Music/BoDiddley in "From A Buick 6".
** FScottFitzgerald in "Ballad Of A Thin Man".
** Cinderella, Creator/BetteDavis, [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]], [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]], CainAndAbel, Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame, UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein, Robin Hood, Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera, [[TheCasanova Giacomo Casanova]], UsefulNotes/{{Nero}}, the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic, Ezra Pound, and Creator/TSEliot in "Desolation Row".
** TomThumb in "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues".
* RomanAClef: "Desolation Row" hints that the entire album is one, prompting much WildMassGuessing about who's who.
-->All these people that you mention... yes, I know them; they're quite lame
-->I had to rearrange their faces and [[CaptainErsatz give them all another name]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" - "I'm going back to UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, I do believe I've had enough."
* SecondPersonNarration: Three songs on this album: "Like a Rolling Stone," "Ballad of a Thin Man," and "Queen Jane Approximately".
* ShoutOut:
** In Music/TheBeatles song "Yer Blues" on ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' (1968) Music/JohnLennon sings "I feel so suicidal/just like Dylan's "Mr. Jones", which is a reference to the title character in "Ballad Of A Thin Man".
** A stanza of "Highway 61 Revisited" is narrated in ''Film/TheHunted'' (2003) by Music/JohnnyCash at the beginning and at the end of the movie.
** The title ''Literature/FromABuick8'' was an obvious tip-of-the-hat by Creator/StephenKing to "From a Buick 6".
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: "Desolation Row" refers to both Romeo from ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' and Ophelia from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''.
* SomethingBlues: "Tombstone Blues" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues".
* SuperSpeed: The famous siren whistle sound that kicks of the song "Highway 61 Revisited" and reappears at various moments throughout the song.
* TheTeamWannabe: Al Kooper's organ riff on "Like A Rolling Stone" is one of the most recognisable in music history. Despite the fact that he didn't know how to play the organ and wasn't supposed to be on the record at all, but basically walked into the studio, sat down at the organ and started fooling about because nobody explicitly told him ''not'' to. Dylan liked it and [[ThrowItIn kept it]].
* WorldWarThree: "the rovin' gambler/he was very bored/trying to create a next world war" in "Highway 61 Revisited".

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