Idiot Wind

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"Idiot Wind"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album Blood on the Tracks
Released January 1975
Recorded December 27, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Genre Rock
Length 7:48
Label Columbia
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks track listing

"Idiot Wind" is a song by Bob Dylan, which appeared on his album Blood on the Tracks. The song is likely to have been written, or at least begun, in the summer of 1974, after Dylan's comeback tour with The Band that year.[1]

Dylan first recorded "Idiot Wind" in New York City in September 1974 during the initial Blood on the Tracks sessions. That December, working on a suggestion from his brother, Dylan re-recorded half the songs on Blood on the Tracks, including "Idiot Wind", in Minneapolis. The re-recorded versions were radical departures from the original recordings, and "Idiot Wind" saw a tremendous change, including the adding of a full band backing from an essentially solo acoustic recording. The sessions in which he re-recorded these songs took place after the initial test pressing of Blood on the Tracks, however, and the session musicians Dylan used were not given credit for their work on the album sleeve.

The standard studio version of "Idiot Wind", re-recorded in December 1974 and issued on Blood on the Tracks, is listed as 7:48 in duration. One of the original September 1974 studio recordings of the song, eventually released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3, runs 8:52 long.

A raucous live version from May 23, 1976, listed as 10:21 long, is included as the closing track to Hard Rain.

While Dylan claims that the song's lyrics have no relation to the strained situation of his marriage to Sara Dylan, his son Jakob Dylan has stated about the album in interviews that "The songs are my parents talking".[2]

The song was #16 on American Songwriter magazine's The 30 Greatest Dylan Songs.[3]

Influence[edit]

British comedian Mel Smith, when asked the question “What one song would work as the soundtrack to your life?”, replied: “Idiot Wind”.[4]

Some of the lyrics of Idiot Wind are mentioned in the song "Only Wanna Be with You" by American band Hootie & the Blowfish.

Swedish musician Amanda Bergman, wife of The Tallest Man on Earth, performs under the stage name Idiot Wind.

Canadian poet Rob Winger titled the third section of his second collection, The Chimney Stone, after Idiot Wind.

Singer-songwriter Lou Reed cited Idiot Wind as a song he wished he had written. [5]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Idiot Wind allmusic review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  2. ^ Kearney, Syd (2008-01-29). "angry love songs". chron.com. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  3. ^ Schlansky, Evan (2009-04-20). "The 30 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs: #16, "Idiot Wind"". americansongwriter.com. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  4. ^ Hanman, Natalie (2007-02-06). "Portrait of the artist". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  5. ^ http://www.loureed.com/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/2/ask-lou/p1

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