Songfacts®: You can leave comments about the song at the bottom of the page.
The beginning of the song is about 3 men that were in town with the circus, and were accused of raping a girl in Duluth, Minnesota. On June 15, 1920, a mob broke them out of jail and lynched them. Postcards with pictures of the hanging were sold as souvenirs. Dylan's father was living in Duluth at the time of the hangings. (thanks, Rob - New Wilmington, PA)
This is the last track on the album. It is eleven minutes long, and was Dylan's longest song up to that point. Dylan rarely plays it at concerts, but when he does, it can stretch out to 45 minutes. (thanks Abram - Los Angeles, California)
Dylan was experimenting with LSD around the time he recorded this.
This was never released as a single, probably due to its length, but the Highway 61 Revisited album went to #3 US and #4 UK.
Dylan performed this for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens, New York on August 28, 1965, after he electrified the Newport Folk Festival. It was part of the acoustic set Dylan played before bringing on his electric band.
Live versions are included on Dylan's MTV Unplugged, and Live 1966.
This was covered by My Chemical Romance for the end credits of the 2009 superhero movie Watchmen.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
Richard Patrick of Filter
"Hey Man, Nice Shot" was nearly a Nine Inch Nails song, as Richard was working with Trent Reznor when he came up with it.