Simple Twist of Fate

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"Simple Twist of Fate"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Blood on the Tracks
ReleasedJanuary 1975
RecordedSeptember 19, 1974 at A&R Recording Studios, New York City [1]
GenreFolk rock
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks track listing

"Simple Twist of Fate" is a song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, recorded on September 19, 1974 and released on his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, in 1975.

The complete recording sessions of "Simple Twist of Fate" were released on the deluxe edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks in 2018, with the first take of the song, recorded on September 16, 1974, also included on the single-CD and 2-LP versions of the album.[2]

A live performance recorded on February 28, 1978 appeared on At Budokan.

"Simple Twist of Fate" was first covered by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (1975), and has been reinterpreted by several artists since: by the Jerry Garcia Band on their 2-disc live album Jerry Garcia Band (1991) and on Run for the Roses (1982) (bonus track on 2004 rerelease), by Concrete Blonde on their Still in Hollywood (1994) collection, by Sean Costello on his self-titled album (2005), by The Format on Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute (2005), by Bryan Ferry on Dylanesque (2007), by Jeff Tweedy (with altered lyrics taken from a live Dylan performance) on the soundtrack for the film I'm Not There (2007), by Stephen Fretwell on Man On the Roof (2007) as a bonus track, and by Sarah Jarosz on Build Me Up From Bones (2013). Diana Krall covered it on the 2012 charity tribute to Dylan, Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.


  1. ^ Heylin, Clinton, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994, Macmillan, 1997. Cf. p.xiv and various.
  2. ^ "More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 to Be Released on November 2 | The Official Bob Dylan Site". Retrieved 2018-10-21.

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