Harmonica Heroes: Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”

In the rock folk arena, we could fill the Best Harmonica Solos list with Bob Dylan tracks. Any one of the following would make the top 10: “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Like a Rolling Stone” and the list goes on, but for us here at Rock My World, “Tangled Up in Blue” stands out as one of his best.bd sq

Taken from the album Blood on the Tracks, Dylan makes us wait till close to the end of the song before we get to the solo. In fact, the harmonica doesn’t feature until the last 40 seconds of the song. But when it does—Dylan pours his heart and soul into a solo so beautiful it could draw you to tears.

Dylan wrote “Tangled Up in Blue” fresh off from touring with The Band in the summer of 1974; he wrote it at the farm he had just purchased in Minnesota.

One interesting note about the song is that Dylan mentions two Beatles songs in the lyrics of the track: “Pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul, ‘From Me to You’” and “There was music in the cafés at night and ‘Revolution’ in the air.” It’s well documented that Dylan and The Beatles shared a great deal of mutual admiration for each other.

When asked about the album Blood on the Tracks, Dylan responded with, “A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It’s hard for me to relate to that. I mean, it, you know, people enjoying the type of pain, you know?”

Dylan would sometimes introduce “Tangled Up in Blue” on stage by saying it took “10 years to live and 2 years to write.”

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