Angelina (Bob Dylan song)

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Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3
RecordedMay 4, 1981 (mixing session) at the Shot of Love recording sessions
GenrePop, rock
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan

"Angelina" is a song written by Bob Dylan, originally recorded in the spring of 1981 for the album Shot of Love. However, "Angelina" was cut from the record, and fans would have to wait until 1991 when it was released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991. Like Dylan's similarly named "Farewell Angelina", "Angelina" is full of imagery and biblical allusions (the 'four faces', for example, of the final stanza appear to allude to Ezek.10. 14 and 10.21 and the reference to 'trying to take heaven by force' to Matthew 11:12). Considered by most critics to be one of the best songs written during his "born-again" period[1], "Angelina" is the classic Dylan work in which obscure yet meaningful poetry and a seemingly all-encompassing vision take on humanity's most pressing problems, all the while making for a pleasant listen.

In popular culture[edit]

The movie Masked & Anonymous features an instrumental version of the tune over the ending credits, though it's not credited nor included on the soundtrack, it's performed by Bruce Kaphan.[2]


  1. ^ "Bob Dylan's best songs: Angelina". All Dylan - A Bob Dylan blog. 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  2. ^ Link text, additional text.

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