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garciabuxton
garciabuxton

Abe said, “Where do you want this killin' done?” God said, “Out on Highway 61”

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odd
odd

@garciabuxton Is that from the NIV? No, just kidding, but I didn’t get the reference.

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@odd @garciabuxton Man, you must be puttin’ me on.

odd
odd

@artkavanagh I may have fallen by the (free)wayside…

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@odd You youngsters today! Don’t think anything is worth knowing about unless it happened within the last 50 years 😉

It’s very early Bob Dylan: “Highway 61 Revisited”

odd
odd

@artkavanagh 🤦🏻‍♂️ That sounds familiar! I was reading and searching Genesis, and had no luck.

devilgate
devilgate

@artkavanagh While you’re not wrong in terms of actual years, I find it strangely difficult to think of it as ‘very early’ Dylan.

I think it’s the ‘very’…

JMaxB
JMaxB

@garciabuxton !! I'd guess that Dylan was thinking of the southern end. But I looked up Highway 61, and it runs basically the entire length of the Mississippi. Imagine driving the whole thing.

Ron
Ron

@garciabuxton Joyce nailed it with the perfect pictures of US H61 near Winona, MN. This section of the road even has it's own Wikipedia page that includes a link to Bob's song and trivia about its standing in the Rolling Stone listing of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@devilgate Fair point. I was trying to disguise the fact that I’ve barely listened to anything later than Blood on the Tracks!

Ron
Ron

@devilgate Maybe it feels that way to you because the song is performed regularly by Bob. He's performed it at least 2,000 times between 31 Aug 1969 and 2 Nov 2019. So it doesn't belong just in the time of the H61 album, but has been constantly recreated ever since until the pandemic. The song is always alive and new.

devilgate
devilgate

@Ron That’s a good point, and an impressive statistic. But I’ve only seen him live once. It’s more that I play the album reasonably often, so it doesn’t feel like it’s from the past, you know?

Ron
Ron

@devilgate Absolutely right, Martin! It is certainly one of his greatest songs and will surely live for a very long time. 💿