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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.


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Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "All I Really Want to Do" (4:04)
  2. "Black Crow Blues" (3:14)
  3. "Spanish Harlem Incident" (2:24)
  4. "Chimes of Freedom" (7:10)
  5. "I Shall Be Free No. 10" (4:47)
  6. "To Ramona" (3:52)

Side Two

  1. "Motorpsycho Nitemare" (4:33)
  2. "My Back Pages" (4:22)
  3. "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (4:22)
  4. "Ballad in Plain D" (8:16)
  5. "It Ain't Me Babe" (3:33)


Motorpsycho Tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "Black Crow Blues".
    I woke in the mornin' wandrin'
    Worried and worn out
    Wishin' my long l lover"
    Will walk to me, talk to me
  • Arc Words: "My Back Pages".
    Ah, but I was so much older then
    I'm younger than that now.
  • Anti-Love Song: "I Ain't Me Babe".
    I'm not the one you want, babe
    I will only let your down
    You say you're lookin' for someone
    Who will promise never to part
    Someone to close his eyes for you
    Someone to close his heart
    Someone who will die for you an' more
    But it ain't me, babe
    No, no, no, it ain't me babe
    It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe.
  • Break Up Song:
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    • "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" has Dylan get over a former partner who ignores him:
    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."
    • "Ballad In Plain D."
    I courted her proudly, but now she is gone
    Gone as the season she's taken
    • "I Ain't Me Babe"
    Go 'way from my window
    Leave at your own chosen speed
    I'm not the one you want, babe
    I'm not the one you need
  • 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 you
    Underneath the stove
    Just one condition
    You got to sleep right now
    That you don't touch my daughter
    And in the morning, milk the cow"
  • The Power of Friendship: "All I Really Want To Do".
    I ain't lookin' to block you up
    Shock or knock or lock you up
    Analyse you, categorize you
    Finalize you or advertise you
    All I really want to do
    Is, baby, be friends with you.
  • Product Placement:
    • "I Shall Be Free, No. 10".
    Carry the New York Times, shoot a few holes, blow their minds
    • "Motorpsycho Nightmare".
    Well, he threw a Readers Digest at my head and I did run
  • 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 stomping
      Thankful as a romp
      Without freedom of speech I might be in the swamp
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "To Ramona".
    I've heard you say many times
    That you're better 'n no one
    And no one is better 'n you
    If you really believe that
    You 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 me
    If 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".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Motorpsycho Nightmare".
    Then in comes his daughter, whose name was Rita
    She 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"
    • "I Shall Be Free No. 10".
    I was shadow-boxing earlier in the day
    I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay
    I said "Fee, fie, fo, fum, Cassius Clay here I come
    26, 27, 28, 29, I'm gonna make your face look just like mine
    Five, four, three, two, one, Cassius Clay you'd better run
    99, 100 101, 102, your ma won't even recognize you
    14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, gonna knock him clean right out of his spleen
    (...) But if you think that I'll let Barry Goldwater
    Move in next door and marry my daughter
    You must think I'm crazy
    I wouldn't let him do it for all the farms in Cuba
    • 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 life
    Stabbing my picture with a bowie-knife
    Dreams of strangling me with a scarf
    When my name comes up he pretends to barf
    I'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 now
    Just what this song is all about?
    What's probably got you baffled more
    What this thing here is for
    It's nothing
    It's something I learned over in England


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