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Album: Blonde On BlondeReleased: 1966Charted:
Dylan wrote this ballad on Thanksgiving Day 1965 while on tour in Kansas City. It was allegedly inspired by Warhol factory pin up girl Edie Sedgwick, a pinup girl who appears in sleeve photos to Blonde On Blonde and died of a drug overdose in 1971. It could also be about his relationship with fellow folk singer Joan Baez.
Dylan has performed this song more than any other.
The song came under some fire for the line "she breaks just like a little girl," which some listeners felt was disparaging to women. This is a very shallow interpretation, however, and rarely taken seriously by Dylan's fans. Many of Dylan's songs include put-downs, and sometimes those targets happen to be women. Examples include "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Positively 4th Street."
Joe Cocker, Rick Nelson, Rod Stewart and Richie Havens are among the many artists to cover this song. Manfred Mann is the only artist besides Dylan to chart with it: Their version topped out at #101 in September 1966; Dylan's version made #33 in October.
This was not released as a single in the UK. Manfred Mann's version hit #10 there in 1966.
In a February 2000 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, presidential candidate Al Gore answered two questions by singing parts of this song.
of The Righteous Brothers covered this on Damn Near Righteous
, his first new album since the untimely 2003 death of his partner Bobby Hatfield.