Another Side of Bob Dylan is the fourth studio album by Bob Dylan, released in 1964. It marked his transition from protest songs to impressionistic, expressive lyrics, which caused his first major backlash from fans and critics. The album is best remembered for "It Ain't Me Babe", "Chimes of Freedom" and "My Back Pages".
It would be his last solo acoustic studio album for many decades, until the arrival of Good as I Been to You from 1992.
- "All I Really Want to Do" (4:04)
- "Black Crow Blues" (3:14)
- "Spanish Harlem Incident" (2:24)
- "Chimes of Freedom" (7:10)
- "I Shall Be Free No. 10" (4:47)
- "To Ramona" (3:52)
- "Motorpsycho Nitemare" (4:33)
- "My Back Pages" (4:22)
- "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (4:22)
- "Ballad in Plain D" (8:16)
- "It Ain't Me Babe" (3:33)
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Black Crow Blues".I woke in the mornin' wandrin'Worried and worn outWishin' my long l lover"Will walk to me, talk to me
- Arc Words: "My Back Pages".Ah, but I was so much older thenI'm younger than that now.
- Anti-Love Song: "I Ain't Me Babe".I'm not the one you want, babeI will only let your downYou say you're lookin' for someoneWho will promise never to partSomeone to close his eyes for youSomeone to close his heartSomeone who will die for you an' moreBut it ain't me, babeNo, no, no, it ain't me babeIt ain't me you're lookin' for, babe.
- Break Up Song:
And if anybody asks me, "Is it easy to forget?"I'll say: "It's easily done. You just pick anyone and pretend that you never have met."
- "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" has Dylan get over a former partner who ignores him:
I courted her proudly, but now she is goneGone as the season she's taken
- "Ballad In Plain D."
Go 'way from my windowLeave at your own chosen speedI'm not the one you want, babeI'm not the one you need
- "I Ain't Me Babe"
- Continuity Nod:
- Corpsing: Happens twice, during "All I Really Want To Do" and "I Don't Believe You".
- Deliberately Monochrome: The black-and-white album cover.
- Epic Rocking: The 8:16 "Ballad In Plain D".
- Face on the Cover: Dylan resting on one knee.
- New Sound Album: As indicated by the title; while the sound isn't much changed from his previous albums, the lyrics certainly are.
- One-Woman Song: "To Ramona"
- Papa Bear: "Motorpsycho Nightmare", where Dylan spends the night at a farmer's home.He said, "I got a bed for youUnderneath the stoveJust one conditionYou got to sleep right nowThat you don't touch my daughterAnd in the morning, milk the cow"
- The Power of Friendship: "All I Really Want To Do".I ain't lookin' to block you upShock or knock or lock you upAnalyse you, categorize youFinalize you or advertise youAll I really want to doIs, baby, be friends with you.
- Product Placement:
Carry the New York Times, shoot a few holes, blow their minds
- "I Shall Be Free, No. 10".
Well, he threw a Readers Digest at my head and I did run
- "Motorpsycho Nightmare".
- Protest Song:
- "My Back Pages" has Dylan disowning his status as a protest singer, so in a sense it's a protest song of its own.
- "Motorpsycho Nightmare" is a story about a man being persecuted by a farmer for expressing admiration for Fidel Castro, but despite him threatening to turn him to the FBI Dylan assures us:Me, I romp and stompingThankful as a rompWithout freedom of speech I might be in the swamp
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "To Ramona".I've heard you say many timesThat you're better 'n no oneAnd no one is better 'n youIf you really believe thatYou know you have nothing to win and nothing to lose
- Record Producer: Tom Wilson.
- Red Scare: Dylan pretends to like Fidel Castro in "Motorpsycho Nightmare" and gets attacked by the farmer who gave him a place to rest for the night.He said he's going to kill meIf I don't get out of the door in two seconds flat"You unpatriotic rotten doctor Commie rat!"
- Refrain from Assuming: "My Back Pages" is occasionally credited as some variation on the chorus "I Was So Much Older Then/I'm Younger Than That Now".
- Refuge in Audacity: In "Motorpsycho Nightmare" Dylan tries to be thrown out by the farmer by expressing admiration for Fidel Castro, which has the desired effect.
- Rhyming List: "All I Really Want To Do"
- Self-Titled Album: "Another Side Of Bob Dylan".
Then in comes his daughter, whose name was RitaShe looked like she stepped out of La Dolce Vita(...) There stood Rita lookin' just like Tony Perkins note(...) "I like Fidel Castro and his beard"
- "Motorpsycho Nightmare".
I was shadow-boxing earlier in the dayI figured I was ready for Cassius ClayI said "Fee, fie, fo, fum, Cassius Clay here I come26, 27, 28, 29, I'm gonna make your face look just like mineFive, four, three, two, one, Cassius Clay you'd better run99, 100 101, 102, your ma won't even recognize you14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, gonna knock him clean right out of his spleen(...) But if you think that I'll let Barry GoldwaterMove in next door and marry my daughterYou must think I'm crazyI wouldn't let him do it for all the farms in Cuba
- "I Shall Be Free No. 10".
- The Byrds covered "Spanish Harlem Incident", "Chimes Of Freedom" and "All I Really Want To Do" on their album Mr. Tambourine Man from 1965 and "My Back Pages" on their album "Younger Than Yesterday".
- R.E.M. referenced My Back Pages in their song King of Birds:Old man, don`t lay so still, you`re not yet young, there`s time to teach...
- Something Blues: "Black Crow Blues".
- Time Marches On: "I Shall Be Free No. 10" references the American Russian space race, US politician Barry Goldwater and boxer Cassius Clay, who would rename himself as Muhammad Ali in 1965.
- With Friends Like These...: "I Shall Be Free No. 10"Now I gotta friend who spends his lifeStabbing my picture with a bowie-knifeDreams of strangling me with a scarfWhen my name comes up he pretends to barfI've got a million friends !
- Word Salad Lyrics: "I Shall Be Free No. 10", lamp-shaded by Dylan in the final lines:You're probably wondering by nowJust what this song is all about?What's probably got you baffled moreWhat this thing here is forIt's nothingIt's something I learned over in England