7 Bob Dylan Songs For Donald Trump by the Forward

7 Bob Dylan Songs For Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is president-elect. We thought you’d like to know what the bard might have to say about that.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for literature did manage to take our minds off the political season, but only for a short while.

Now that the excitement has died down, we’re back to politics as usual. And we’ve found that, although Dylan has never written a song about Donald Trump’s political campaign, a number of his songs provide pretty apt critiques.

1) “Jokerman”

Reportedly written as a critique of Ronald Reagan (though that seems like a stretch), the lyrics from this song on the album “Infidels” seem as if they could apply equally well to present-day politics.

2) “License to Kill”

Also from “Infidels,” this one is littered with portentous and evocative lyrics to suit even the most contentious debate.

3) “Disease of Conceit”

Perhaps not the Bard’s finest moment — the rhymes are kinda rudimentary — but it seems a propos nevertheless.

4) “Positively Fourth Street”

Probably one of the nastiest hate poems of all time, and probably what a lot of political reporters are thinking when they walk out of a press conference.

5) “Quit Your Lowdown Ways”

This one sounds positively mild mannered in the Peter, Paul & Mary rendition. The original, however, is blistering.

6) “Idiot Wind”

Arguably Dylan’s masterpiece from his masterpiece of an album “Blood on the Tracks,” this track explodes with metaphor. Which means that it can be applied to many topics — even the Trump campaign.

7) “Early Roman Kings”

From Dylan’s most recent album of original material, “Tempest,” this one is rife with Biblical overtones and a timeless cautionary message.

7 Bob Dylan Songs For Donald Trump


7 Bob Dylan Songs For Donald Trump

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