John Brown (Bob Dylan song)
||This article possibly contains original research. (July 2011)|
|Song by Bob Dylan|
|Recorded||February 1963 at Broadside Records, New York City
(original studio version)
|Genre||Folk, Anti-war song|
|Length||4:21 (original studio version)|
A rough demo of the song performed for publishing company M. Witmark & Sons in August 1963 was eventually given an official release in 2010 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 9 – The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964.
However, a studio version of the song had already been released under the pseudonym "Blind Boy Grunt" in 1963 on a compilation album entitled Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1 (one of five Dylan compositions on the release). This performance was later included in The Best Of Broadside 1962–1988 box set released in 2000. A pseudonym was employed due to contractual issues regarding Dylan performing on non-Columbia Records releases.
"John Brown" consists of twelve verses written in a straightforward manner. The song, composed in Dylan's protest song period, tells a story about a mother who sends her son John Brown to war on some foreign land, and he returns blinded and injured. Thematically, the song is very similar to the old Irish folk-song "Mrs. McGrath".
- Bjorner, Olof. "The Yearly Chronicles: Bound for Glory, 1962". Retrieved 2010-12-01.
- Corbett, Ben (October 22, 2010). "Album Reviews: Bob Dylan, Bootleg Series Vol. 9, The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 and The Complete Mono Recordings". Crawdaddy. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- Live at the Gaslight 1962
- MTV Unplugged (Bob Dylan album)
- "John Brown" Lyrics