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All the pretty maids and all the old queens, all the old queens from all my past lives

Rough and Rowdy Ways is the thirty-ninth studio album by Bob Dylan. It's a double album that was released on June 19, 2020.

His first album of all-original songs since 2012's Tempest, and his first such album as a Nobel laureate, it was recorded shortly before the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The song "Murder Most Foul" was given a YouTube release at the end of March, just as the pandemic started flaring up in the United States. A kaleidoscopic, surreal 17-minute account of the assassination of John F. Kennedy liberally sprinkled with other cultural references, past and present, it attracted much curiosity and reached #1 on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales chart, making it Dylan's first #1 hit on any Billboard chart. The album itself continues the basic style he established on Time Out of Mind: brooding, lyrically dense songs sung in a quiet, raspy voice, but notably has a diverse mix of musical styles, with clear influences of Folk Music, Blues and Jazz.

The album received almost unanimous rave reviews and brisk sales, reaching #2 on the Billboard album chart, making 79-year-old Dylan the first artist to have an album reach the top 40 of the Billboard chart in seven consecutive decades.


Disc One

  1. "I Contain Multitudes" (4:36)
  2. "False Prophet" (6:00)
  3. "My Own Version of You" (6:41)
  4. "I've Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You" (6:32)
  5. "Black Rider" (4:12)
  6. "Goodbye Jimmy Reed" (4:13)
  7. "Mother of Muses" (4:29)
  8. "Crossing the Rubicon" (7:22)
  9. "Key West (Philosopher Pirate)" (9:34)

Disc Two

  1. "Murder Most Foul" (16:54)

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