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You Ain't Going Nowhere by Bob Dylan

Album: The Basement TapesReleased: 1967
  • The likely influence on this song was Dylan's 1967 motorcycle accident, which severely limited his mobility. The song was recorded in the basement of a house where members of The Band lived, and played with Dylan while he experimented with new sounds. The Basement Tapes album was not officially released until 1975, but the songs were circulated and this one drew the attention of The Byrds, who released it on their 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. >>
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    Tom - Marble Falls, AR
  • The Byrds released "You Ain't Going Nowhere" as the first single off the album peaking at #45 in the US and #74 in the UK.
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Comments: 5

Interesting note there, Jo. I knew Bob has made up a bunch of different lyrics for it over the years, mostly in that stream-of-consciousness way that he does so well, but didn't know about the reference to the Everlys.
I performed it at an open mic on New Year's Day, and did the line about "pack up/pick up" the way McGuinn did it (and I played a 12-string), and threw in "Dylan" at the end as Kevin mentioned. The audience enjoyed it.
Doug - Maine
Gengis Khan and brother named Don is a reference to the Everly brothers at times contentious relationship that ened their performing together for around 10 yearsJo - So Tx, Tx
McGuinn returns the favor in a late '80s version he and Chris Hillman cut with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for their "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." McGuinn sings, "pack up your money pull up your tent, Dyl-an, you ain't a goin' nowhere."

It may be Dylan's song, but McGuinn does it best, and continues to perform it to this day in his solo acoustic shows.
Kevin - Reading , Pa
Roger McGuinn of The Byrds buggered a line, transposing the words "pack" and "pick"...so, on a rerecording of the song for GREATEST HITS 2, Dylan sort of calls him out: "Pack up your money, pick up your tent, McGuinn--you ain't goin' nowhere!". All in good fun, of course....Jonathan - Armorel, Ar
This is an amazing song. I'm shocked there are no comments on it. I can't believe how a song this beautiful is so overlooked. "Get your mind off wintertime, 'cause you aint goin nowhere..."Genghis Khan - Little Pee Pee, Canada
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