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At number 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 10 best Bob Dylan songs is “I Shall Be Released”. This song was written in 1967 during the sessions with The Band which were eventually released in 1975 as “The Basement Tapes”. In fact, The Band released a version of the song in 1968 on their album “Music from Big Pink”, but Dylan’s first release of the song was on his 1971 album “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume II”, which was one of the first Bob Dylan albums that I ever bought.



At number 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 10 greatest Bob Dylan songs is "I Shall be Released"

At number 6 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 10 greatest Bob Dylan songs is “I Shall be Released”



Dylan recorded a few different versions of the song, in 1967 he recorded a version which eventually officially surfaced in 1991 on his “Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3”. He then recorded a different version of the song in 1971. In the 1971-released version of the song, Dylan is accompanied on harmonies by folk singer Happy Traum, and the song is typical of the “anthemic” songs which Dylan was writing in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which include “Forever Young” and “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”. There are some interesting quotes in caption from Rolling Stone Magazine, including how this song helped David Crosby sustain himself during his time in jail, and how Allen Ginsberg said that Dylan told him in 1968 that he had decided to write songs with shorter lines.


They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

They say ev’ry man needs protection
They say ev’ry man must fall
Yet I swear I see my reflection
Some place so high above this wall
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

Standing next to me in this lonely crowd
Is a man who swears he’s not to blame
All day long I hear him shout so loud
Crying out that he was framed
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released


As with nearly all Bob Dylan songs, the “original” version of this song (as it appeared in 1971) cannot be found on YouTube, but I have managed to find this interesting live version with Norah Jones duetting with Dylan. Enjoy!





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