Nashville Skyline is the ninth studio album by Bob Dylan, released in 1969. A departure from his previous albums, this album sees Dylan dive in head-first into the developing country rock genre, even singing a duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From The North Country". Not only that, this album sees a new singing style for Dylan - one that is arguably the most accessible to those who otherwise can't get into Dylan.
Upon release, it was greeted with positive reviews and did very well commercially. "Lay Lady Lay" was a big international hit and "I Threw It All Away" and "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You", while charting low at the time, have remained fan favourites ever since.
In a case of What Could Have Been "Lay Lady Lay" was originally supposed to appear on the soundtrack of the later Oscar winning film Midnight Cowboy from 1969, but Dylan could not submit it in time to be included in the movie.
Outtakes from the album, including an entire session of Dylan/Cash duets, were released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 15—Travelin' Thru in 2019.
- "Girl From The North Country" (3:41)
- "Nashville Skyline Rag" (3:12)
- "To Be Alone With You" (2:07)
- "I Threw It All Away" (2:23)
- "Peggy Day" (2:01)
- "Lay Lady Lay" (3:18)
- "One More Night" (2:23)
- "Tell Me That It Isn't True" (2:41)
- "Country Pie" (1:37)
- "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" (3:23)
I Troped It All Away:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Lay Lady Lay"Lay Lady Lay, Lay across my big brass bed
- Alliterative Title: "Lay Lady Lay"
- Break-Up Song:
Peggy Day stole my poor heart awayTurned my skies to blue from grey
- "Peggy Day"
I once held her in my armsShe said she would always stayBut I was cruelI treated her like a foolI threw it all away.
- "I Threw It All Away"
Oh, it's shameful and it's sadI lost the only pal I hadI just could not be what she wanted me to be
- "One More Night"
- Country Music: Dylan already experimented with the genre on John Wesley Harding, but here he immerse himself completely in the style.
- Face on the Cover: Dylan posing with his guitar.
- God-Is-Love Songs: In "To Be Alone With You" Dylan "thanks the Lord when my working day's through/ I get my sweet reward to be alone with you."
- Instrumental: "Nashville Skyline Rag", the first instrumental he officially released.
- Intercourse with You: "Lay Lady Lay".Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bedStay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still aheadI long to see you in the morning lightI long to reach for you in the nightStay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead.
- Actually, most of this album is made of this.
- Let's Duet: "Girl From The North Country" is a duet between Dylan and Johnny Cash, culled from an entire session they did together singing each other's songs. Interestingly, June Carter Cash, who was in the studio with them, was the one who suggested they do that particular song.
- Long Title: "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You".
- Malicious Slander: "Tell Me That Isn't True"All of those awful things that I have heardI don't want to believe them, all I want is your wordSo darlin' I'm countin' on youTell me that it isn't true.
- Miniscule Rocking: One of only two Dylan albums in which every single song is under four minutes (New Morning is the other one). "Country Pie" is a little over 90 seconds (but became a live staple for Dylan later in his career), and several others just barely exceed 2:00.
- New Sound Album: While John Wesley Harding from 1967 sees Dylan dabbling in Country, it is with this album that he fully immerses himself in it. Not to mention his more smooth, accessible singing here.
- One-Woman Song: "Peggy Day".
- Repurposed Pop Song: "Girl From The North Country" originally appeared on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. Here is sang again but in a duet with Johnny Cash.
Remember me to one who lives thereFor she was once a true love of mine
- "Girl From The North Country", just like the version on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan borrows a few lines from the song "Scarborough Fair"
Little Jack Horner's got nothin' on meOh me, oh myLove that country pie.
- "To Be Alone With You" opens with the lyric "Night Time Is The Right Time", which is a reference to the eponymous 1937 blues song by Roosevelt Sykes.
- "Country Pie" name-drops the nursery rhyme character Little Jack Horner, who eats a Christmas pie in the original song.
I am free as far as I can see is Nashville skyline underneath it allYou yourself are free
- Gotlib once spoofed the album cover with his character Hamster Jovial. 
- Alternative Rock band Dishwalla recorded a song in 2002 called "Nashville Skyline"
Walt: Did I hear what I think I just heard?!
- Zits Walt gets angry at a song Jeremy is listening to, resulting in this exchange,
Jeremy: Dad, it's just a song lyric.
Walt: Don't give me that! I'm sick of this new music that's nothing but drugs and sex!
Jeremy: You mean like, "Lay Lady Lay", "Lucy In The Sky", "Purple Haze", "Brown Sugar"?
Walt: Hey, that's different! Those are classics!
Connie: Ouch. Score one for the teenager.
- In Let It Be George Harrison can be seen performing "I Threw It All Away" during the album sessions, which actually predated the Nashville Skyline sessions (he learned it from Dylan when he spent some time hanging out with him and The Band in Woodstock in November of '68), but he never recorded it. The song has also been covered by iconic artists such as Cher, Elvis Costello and Yo La Tengo.
- Artists as diverse as Jeff Beck, Johnny Cash, Cher, Ben E. King, Ricky Nelson, The Black Crowes and My Morning Jacket have covered "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" over the years.
- "Lay Lady Lay" has been covered by The Byrds, Duran Duran, Ministry, Cher, Ben E. King, The Isley Brothers, Neil Diamond, The Everly Brothers, Booker T And The MGS, Isaac Hayes, Richie Havens, Buddy Guy and Bryan Adams to name the most iconic performers.
- Silly Love Songs: This album is filled with them. But what do you expect from a Country album? Fittingly, "Lay Lady Lay" and "Peggy Day" were both recorded on Valentine's Day 1969.
- Special Guest: Johnny Cash sings co-lead vocals on "Girl From The North Country".
- Studio Chatter: At the start of "To Be Alone With You" Dylan is heard asking his producer Bob Johnston: "Is it rolling, Bob?"
- Textless Album Cover: There is no text on the album cover.
- Title Track: "Nashville Skyline Rag", but, since it's an instrumental, there's no Album Title Drop.
- Train Song: "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You"I can hear that whistle blowin'I see that stationmaster, tooIf there's a poor boy on the streetThen let him have my seat'Cause tonight I'll be staying here with you.Throw my ticket out the windowThrow my suitcase out there tooThrow my troubles out the doorI don't need them any more'Cause tonight I'll be staying here with you.
- Vocal Evolution: In this album, Dylan's vocal style turns from a nasal, almost unintelligible whine to a smooth country crooning.