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|Song by Bob Dylan from the album Modern Times|
|Genre||Folk rock, Americana|
|Producer||Bob Dylan (as Jack Frost)|
Ain't Talkin' is a song written by Bob Dylan appearing on his album 2006 Modern Times as the closing track. It is the longest (length 8:48) track of the album. It derives its chorus words from the more up-tempo "Highway of Regret" by Don Anthony and Ralph Stanley. The lyrics of the first verse seem to be derived from the first verse of "As I Roved Out", a traditional Irish song.
Allmusic wrote about this song, "The great irony is in the final track, "Ain't Talkin'," where a lonesome fiddle, piano, and hand percussion spill out a gypsy ballad that states a yearning, that amounts to an unsatisfied spiritual hunger. The pilgrim wanders, walks, and aspires to do good unto others, though he falters often—he sometimes even wants to commit homicide. It's all part of the "trawl" of living in the world today."
The Guardian writes,"The superlative final sally, 'Ain't Talkin', does what all last tracks should do: make you want to hear the whole thing again. It's a lengthy, mysterious blues-noir; virtually magic-realist in places."
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