Bob Dylan's Best Travel Songs
Folk musician Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday, becoming the first American singer-songwriter to do so, and causing controversy among critics who questioned the crossover win.
Regardless of whether Dylan merits joining the ranks of fellow U.S. prizewinners such as Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway, his prolific body of work has covered a lot of ground—in more ways than one.
The '60s icon inspired an entire generation to get moving on, to explore new frontiers both literally and figuratively. The vision of Dylan as a folksy wanderer is one he has earned through myriad lyrics about traveling far from home. In celebration of this artist’s historic achievement, here are some of his best travel songs.
"Boots of Spanish Leather":
This heartbreaking tune tells of a lover who is traveling across the sea and asks his lady if he can bring her back something from his voyage. “Carry yourself back to me unspoiled from across that lonesome ocean,” is all she asks.
"Like a Rolling Stone":
One of Dylan’s greatest hits, this song off the 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited has become a classic. A riches to rags tale, this catchy song will make you sing along “How does it feel? To be without a home?”
"Girl From North Country":
Keep an eye out for a girl with long hair and a warm coat if you’re in the North country.
"Song to Woody":
"I'm out here a thousand miles from my home, walking a road other men have gone down," Dylan sings in this ode to folk legend Woody Guthrie.
"Gotta Travel On":
From his 1970 album “Self Portrait,” this song title speaks for itself.
"Blowin' In the Wind":
This anti-war song became an anthem for the Vietnam War protesters of the 1960s, and it still resonates with listeners today.
"Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go My Mine)":
You can’t leave out his 1966 album “Blonde on Blonde.” A challenge from one lover to another, the song goes: “I’m gonna let you pass, and I’ll go last.”