Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word

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"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"
Single by Joan Baez
from the album Any Day Now
B-side "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
Released December 1968
Format 45 RPM single
Recorded September 1968, Columbia Studios, Nashville
Genre Folk
Length 3:26
Label Vanguard (UK)
Vanguard (US)
Songwriter(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Maynard Solomon
Joan Baez
Joan Baez singles chronology
"Be Not Too Hard"
"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"
"Sweet Sir Galahad"

"Be Not Too Hard"
"Love is Just a Four-Letter Word"
"Sweet Sir Galahad"

"Love is Just a Four-Letter Word" is a song written by Bob Dylan, and long associated with Joan Baez, who has recorded it numerous times, and performed it throughout her career.[1] Baez immediately took to the song, which was written by Dylan sometime around 1965, and began performing it, even before it was finished.[2] In the film Dont Look Back, a documentary of Dylan's 1965 tour of the UK, Baez is shown in one scene singing a fragment of the then apparently still unfinished song in a hotel room late at night.[3] She then tells Dylan, "If you finish it, I'll sing it on a record."[3]

Baez first included the song on Any Day Now, her 1968 album of Dylan covers; she has since recorded it three additional times.[4][5] Her 1968 recording was also released as a single.[6]

Dylan himself never released a version of the song.


  1. ^ "Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word | The Official Bob Dylan Site". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  2. ^ "Joan Baez - Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ a b Pennebaker, D. A., director. Dont Look Back. Docurama, 1967.
  4. ^ "John Peel Archive: Joan Baez - Any Day Now 2". John Peel Archive. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  5. ^ "Any Day Now - Joan Baez | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  6. ^ Baez, Joan. "Discography". Retrieved 2018-06-19.