Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
|"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"|
|Single by Bob Dylan|
|B-side||"Highway 61 Revisited"|
|Released||December 21, 1965|
|Recorded||November 30, 1965|
|Bob Dylan singles chronology|
|Biograph track listing|
"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" was a 1965 single by American rock artist Bob Dylan. The single, released in December of that year, reached #58 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #17 on the UK chart in January 1966. Dylan is accompanied on the song by the musical group then known as the Hawks, who would back the singer on his 1966 world tour and subsequently go on to fame in their own right as The Band: Robbie Robertson (guitar), Rick Danko (bass), Richard Manuel (piano), Garth Hudson (organ), and Levon Helm (drums).
Dylan played the song to Phil Ochs as the two were riding in a limousine. When Ochs expressed a lukewarm feeling about the piece, Dylan ejected him from his limousine, yelling "You're not a folk singer. You're a journalist."
Numerous takes of the song were recorded on July 30, 1965 during the sessions for the album Highway 61 Revisited with a band including Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Paul Griffin; one was mistakenly issued on a false pressing of the single Positively 4th Street that autumn. The official single version, with the Hawks, is generally considered to have been recorded on November 30, 1965, although at least one Dylan scholar contends that the recording date was October 5. The entire July 1965 and October/November 1965 recording sessions were released on the 18-disc Collector's Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 in 2015, while highlights from the outtakes appeared on the 2-disc and 6-disc versions of that album.
Originally available as a single only, the song was eventually included (in its original mono form) on Dylan's compilations Masterpieces (1978) and Biograph (1985), and on the Band's box set A Musical History (2005). An extended stereo mix of the original single version appeared on the limited Collector's Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966.
The Vacels, a New York group, recorded the song in 1965, releasing it on Kama Sutra in the US and on Pye International in the UK. It is believed that their version pre-dates Dylan's own version.
Les Fradkin covers it in his 2006 Dylan cover album If Your Memory Serves You Well.
- Schumacher, Michael, There But for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs. New York; Hyperion, 1996, p. 106
- Heylin, Clinton, Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973. Chicago; Chicago Review Press, 2009, pp. 252, 254
- Greene, Andy (September 24, 2015). "Inside Bob Dylan's Massive New Sixties Bootleg Series Trove". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015.