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Ballad Of A Thin Chuckle

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At some point in the past, I read somewhere that Bob Dylan never liked to do more than a few takes on any song he cut in the studio. He would “coach” the musicians as to what he wanted and they would just play the track. Whatever they ended up with was what ended up on the album…and given the incredible nature of his performances, once can’t say that Dylan’s output suffered from a lack of polish.

The first verse of “Ballad Of A Thin Man” (probably Dylan’s greatest tune IMO) begins thusly:

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