Highlands (song)

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Song by Bob Dylan from the album Time Out of Mind
Released September 30, 1997
Recorded January 1997
Genre Blues rock
Length 16:31
Label Columbia
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Daniel Lanois
Time Out of Mind track listing

"Highlands" is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his 30th studio album Time Out of Mind in 1997. It is Dylan's longest known studio recording at sixteen minutes and thirty-one seconds. The song's title is borrowed from the poem "My Heart's in the Highlands" by Scottish poet Robert Burns.[citation needed] In the song's lyrics, Dylan makes references to musician Neil Young and author Erica Jong.


The song is based on a simple (E blues) riff, inspired, according to Dylan, by an unnamed Charley Patton record that has yet to be identified.[1] The riff is played the whole way through the song. The song has no traditional chorus or bridge.[2]

Other versions[edit]

A live version of the song was included on the Things Have Changed single, and on the limited edition version of The Best of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2. The recording came from a performance in the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, California on March 16, 2000.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sounes, H., 2002. Down The Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan. Grove Press. p481.
  2. ^ Marshall, L., 2007. Bob Dylan: The Never Ending Star. Polity. pp. 246