Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Number 4/Positively 4th Street

[purchase Bob Dylan Positively 4th Street]

What better transition from Streets to 4's than a song that has them both? This actually only came to mind after I had gotten part way into writing about summer, the Beach Boys and 409. (Maybe get back to that at a later time)

Dylan's Positively 4th Street dates from 1965 and comes with a couple of interesting distinctions: it was released as a single and only much later included on a Greatest Hits album. It has Dylan switching from his "folk guitar" to an electric. The studio band includes Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. There is no refrain that gets repeated, but it appears to be a message to someone who has thoroughly pissed him off:

You've got a lot of nerve to say you are my friend

A bit later, we learn that

You say you've lost your faith, but that's not where its at
You have no faith to lose, and ya know it

Here's trusting that you haven't lost yours. Have a great Fourth.

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