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Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues by Bob Dylan
Album: Bootleg SeriesReleased: 1991
Dylan wrote this about the John Birch Society, an ultraconservative political organization formed in 1958 to fight Communist threats in the US. This is a parody of the organization, which Dylan thought was a threat to free speech because they accused anyone they didn't like of being a communist.
In the '50s and '60s, many famous musicians, including Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Doors and The Rolling Stones, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. Dylan never did, and this is the song that kept him off. On May 12, 1963, he was scheduled to appear on the show, but refused to go on when they would not let him perform this.
Advance copies of the album Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
included this song, but it was removed prior to the official release. It did not officially appear on an album until Bootleg Series