Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
|"Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"|
|Song by Bob Dylan from the album Bringing It All Back Home|
|Released||March 22, 1965|
|Recorded||Columbia Recording Studios, New York City January 1965|
|Genre||Folk rock, blues rock, talking blues|
|Bringing It All Back Home track listing|
The title is an allusion to a Dylan number from two years previous: "Bob Dylan's Dream". It commences with Dylan beginning to play the song alone after the rest of the band miss the entrance cue, before bursting into laughter and starting over; this was kept on the final recording. Bruce Langhorne recalls in No Direction Home:
[Dylan] was playing all by himself at first and then he stopped and everybody laughed; and then, two seconds later, he started it again and everybody came on, just bang, like gangbusters.
The song is a satirical and highly surrealistic story that gleefully jumbles together historical and literary and narrative reference points from the Voyages of Columbus to Moby Dick to the present day. A protagonist, "Captain Arab" (making reference to Captain Ahab from Moby-Dick) is in the narrator's mind for much of the tale. Numerous bizarre encounters and happenings take place in a highly sardonic, non-linear dreamscape parallel cataloguing of the discovery, creation and merits of the United States.
- Dylan Songs "The 100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs". Mojo Magazine. September 2005. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
- Martin Scorsese (2005). No Direction Home (Documentary). Paramount Pictures.
- Shelton, Robert. No Direction Home: The Life and Times of Bob Dylan. Da Capo Press. pp. 273–274. ISBN 0-306-81287-8.