Hurricane

Album: Greatest Hits Volume 3 (1975)
Charted: 43 33
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  • This song is about Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer who spent 19 years in jail for a murder Dylan felt he did not commit.

    Carter's case is complex and filled with legal missteps. On June 17, 1966, three white people were gunned down at a bar in Paterson, New Jersey called the Lafayette Grill. Witnesses described two black men as the murderers; police pulled over Carter and his friend John Artis, who were black, but otherwise didn't fit the description of the killers. They were released, and Carter resumed his boxing career, losing a fight on August 6, but two months later he and Artis were charged with the murders.

    The case hinged on the testimony of Arthur Bradley and Alfred Bello, two white men with criminal records who claimed they were en route to rob a factory when they witnessed the shooting, and that Carter and Artis were the killers. Carter was sentenced to 30 years to life; Artis got 15 to life; Bradley and Bello got reduced sentences for their crimes.

    In prison, Carter worked relentlessly to tell his story in an effort to earn his freedom. Many sympathized with his cause, including a writer who helped him publish his autobiography, The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender to Number 45472, which was published in 1974. Carter had a copy sent to Dylan, who read it and took up his cause, writing this song about him and raising money for him on his 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

    Soon after Carter's book was published, Bradley and Bello changed their stories, claiming they were coerced into their testimony. In 1976, Carter and Artis' convictions were overturned, but months later were again convicted in a second trial. In 1985, the case reached the Supreme Court, and this time Carter and Artis were exonerated for good. Carter died on April 20, 2014 at age 76. His professional boxing record was 27-12-1.
  • Dylan visited Carter in prison on December 7, 1975 and the next day raised over $100,000 for Carter's defense at a Madison Square Garden concert with his Rolling Thunder Revue, which featured Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Roberta Flack. On January 25, 1976, Dylan and his Revue held another charity concert, Hurricane II, in the Astrodome, where they were joined by Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes.
  • Dylan wrote this song with Jacques Levy, a noted director of Broadway stage productions who also wrote lyrics, including for The Byrds song "Chestnut Mare." Levy co-wrote all but two tracks on the Desire album.
  • Dylan's sources for the story he tells in the song were Carter's book and news clippings about the case. He took a lot of liberties with the lyrics, including most of the dialogue, which was necessary to make the song scan. Unusually, he used the real names of the people involved:

    Patty Valentine, who "sees the bartender in a pool of blood." She was a witness who lived above the bar where the shootings took place. Arthur Bradley and Alfred Bello are also mentioned by name.
  • Lawyers at Columbia Records made Dylan change some of the lyrics to avoid lawsuits. Originally, he had a section describing Bello and Bradley stealing the possessions of the shooting victims, which they were not accused of.
  • In 1976, Patty Valentine sued Dylan for defamation, claiming she suffered emotional distress because she was mentioned by name in this song and portrayed as a liar. Dylan countered that his descriptions were accurate, and that one reason he put her in the song is because she has a beautiful name, which he said is "a piece of thread that holds the song together." The case was eventually dismissed.
  • Scarlet Rivera played the violin on this track. She went on to record a number of albums in Celtic and other styles.
  • Carter was the subject of the 1999 movie Hurricane, staring Denzel Washington as the boxer.
  • The song runs 8:33. For the single, the song was split into two parts, with "Hurricane (part 1)," running 3:45 as the A-side, and "Hurricane (part 2)" as the B-side at 4:57. The A-side is the edit commonly played on radio.
  • After his Rolling Thunder Revue tour ended in 1976, Dylan never again played this song live. When Rubin Carter went back to prison that year, Dylan did not take up his cause.
  • The line "He ain't no gentleman Jim" is a reference to "Gentleman" Jim Corbett, a white boxer in the 1800s known for his manners.
  • There have been very few covers of this song. A notable one is by Ani DiFranco, who included it on her 2000 album Swing Set.
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Comments: 84

  • Darlene from New YorkPRETTY SARO; "Down in some lone valley where the wild birds do all their notes to increase, farewell Pretty Saro, I bid you Adieu, but I dream of Pretty Saro, wherever I go, Well my love she won't have me, so I understand, she wants a freeholder with a house and some land, I can not maintain her, with silver and gold and all of the fine things that a big house can hold, If I was a poet, and could write a fine hand, I'd write my love a letter that she'd understand, and I'd write it by the river, where the waters overflow, , But I dream of Pretty Saro where ever I go.
    Beautiful song
  • Darlene from New YorkTo Susan, you can not find accuracy in all of Hurricane, as his lawyers advised him to change some of the lyrics. Read the notes above "You're Gonna' Make Me Lonesome When You Go" such a beautiful song, perhaps you may like that Susan, or Sara, or Black Diamond Bay, Tangled Up in Blue, One More Cup of Coffee, Idiot Wind, Subterranean Blues, If You See Her Say Hello, It's Alright Ma, Desolation Row, John Wesley Hardin'g, Simple Twist of Fate, Three Angels, As I Went Out One Morning, Dear Landlord, Frankie Lee & Judas Priest, Dusty Ol Fair Grounds, Pretty Saro, Forever Young, I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, I THrew It All Away, If Not For You, Love Minus Zero No Limit, Shelter From The Storm. Read the story of Red Wing.
  • Darlene from New YorkHello everyone, I am hoping you can lend me an ear. I have been a Dylan fan forever, and my daughter has acquired the same ear and love of his writings and songs. She was listening to Crazy On You by Heart, and continued to replay and replay it, as she heard very distinctly sounds of Dylan's, Hurricane in Crazy On You. I also began to play Crazy On You, by Heart, and YES, YES it is in there and she found one other person on the internet that covered the Hurricane song, and deliberately plugged in the Crazy on You lyrics in those areas to prove his point, it is no coincidence. Question: Has anyone here been aware of this? thank you thank you!! oh ps my gift to you, please Google or You Tube: ELSTON GUNN aka BOB DYLAN, listen to the humor, as he chats going into a song a very young Dylan, listen to Pretty Saro I think here anyone wondering where the jokers and clowns come from in his travels, these carnivals, were very popular, as well as his books, his days spent at Red Wing near where he was born.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny'We want to pin this triple murder on him, He ain't no Gentleman Jim'...
    On February 18th 1933, James J. 'Gentleman Jim' Corbett died at the age of 66....
    Was the Heavy-Weight Champion of the World from 1892 to 1897*...
    May he R.I.P.
    * Though he was champion for five years, he only defended his title once {on Jan. 25th, 1894 against Charley Mitchell}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyRubin 'Hurricane' Carter passed away today (April 20th) in Toronto, Canada at the age of 76...
    Thirty nine years ago on November 23rd, 1975 Bob Dylan's "Hurricane - Part 1" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; and on January 4th, 1976 it peaked at #33 (for 2 weeks) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on September 17th, 1999 the bio-movie 'Hurricane' had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival...
    Denzel Washington portrayed Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter and was nominated for 'Best Actor' at the Academy Awards (Kevin Spacey won for 'American Beauty')...
    May Mr. Carter R.I.P.
  • Kieron from Christchurch, New ZealandGreat song - A masterpiece even!
    Songfact: It must've been recorded "Live" in one take in the studio because at 4:02 you can hear the backing singer screw up her line... "Remember you saw you saw the getaway car"
    Funny!
  • Sam from Charlotte, Ncto Susan, Albert Lea, MN, you are so caught up in pop culture that you can't accept that fact that much of pop culture is, itself, crap. I'm 14 and I appreciate Bob Dylan's music and messages. You need to pull your head out of your a** and widen your field of vision beyond the 21st century.
  • Gladys from Chicago, IlA novelist named Nelson Algren was working on a book called _The Devil's Stocking_ when he died in 1981. It was essentially a thinly-fictionalized version of the Hurricane Carter story, and apparently he was close enough to completion that it was released several years later. In the part of this book where "Ruby Calhoun" (the Carter character) is beginning to draw attention to the wrongful conviction, Algren specifically mentions Bob Dylan by name, and indirectly refers to this song: "Bob Dylan, whose poverty of spirit could be sensed in the emptiness of his voice, slapped a few words together, called it a lyric, and sang it to a packed house in Madison Square...and when he entitled this wheezing whinny "Calhoun" a million liberals bought it before he could get to the bank."

    Clearly Mr. Algren was not a Dylan fan; however, he was a damn good writer (though the way he mixes reality with fiction --Bob Dylan did write the song, obviously, but obviously it was NOT called "Calhoun" because no such person exists-- is stylistically annoying as hell. Fortunately he doesn't do it often in his other books) and he was pretty fair-minded as he tried to work out the question of the REAL Hurricane's guilt by writing both positively and negatively about the fictional Hurricane.

    In short: great song, factually suspect, read more Nelson Algren.
  • David from Lincoln, United KingdomWhether or not Dylan was incorrect about Carter's innocence, or whether he took liberties with the story are unimportant. The point still stands that there was and still is an element of racism within the courts. Also, the songs amazing.
  • Ken from Philadelphia, PaNobody... NOBODY... can make you feel emotions like Bob Dylan. Nobody with human emotions can listen to "Hurricane" and not get angry. Same goes for "Masters of War". Heck, even "Positively 4th Street" makes me feel the same disdain and disgust that Dylan himself must have felt about whichever lover he happened to be writing about.
  • Jr from Bloomington, InGood song. I'm not sure how much of the lyrical content is true. That is accuretly reflect what actually happened. None of us were there so all we have to go on is basically hearsay.
    The film, while poingant, was kinda skewed in my opinion.
  • Bex from Chicago, Il@Tom, minneapolis, United States:... I know you posted awhile ago, but when I think it, I must speak it. Are you as ignorant as you want to be? You're saying not to listen to a song, yet accepting what a bunch of racist cops say. An article in the newspaper Patterson News referred to the two apprehended as "thugs"; at that point in time (1957) whites were acting as they pleased in regard to African Americans. You also say Carter is guilty because he was convicted twice; I say he is innocent because the case was overturned. LOL..right?!?!! The first trial included one juror of color, a west indian. hardly a "peer". That would be like you being on trial and the one "white" person being of Asian decent. When the NJ SC overturned the convictions they did so in part because a tape was withheld by the prosecution that contained a known local crook (Bello) is heard speaking on receiving favorable treatment by the police/state in return for testimony placing Carter (and Artis) at the scene. During the second trial, Bello again changed his story. Now, maybe Casey Anthony can get away with lying to police and then getting away with murder (not really, I know, the prosecution just blew the big one) but if witnesses are lying AND being instructed to lie by the cops.. I believe any intelligent mind would question what exactly was going on within that context. Besides, music is art. Since when does art have to fall within any specific constraints? Dylan was an amazing lyricist; being able to educate through art is beauty. he is not only telling a story, but teaching his audience a lesson. See past the conditioning, my friend.
  • Mark from London, EnglandI bought it when it came out.I've never had any doubt that he was innocent and that the authorities were out to get him.
  • Rain from Cincinnati, OhDylan got caught up in all the hype, and helped free a killer. Those men had children, and people who loved them. If you read the whole transcript..Dylan jumped on the wrong train.
  • Rain from Cincinnati, OhDylan is one of my favorite writers, and I was a huge fan of boxing, but Dylan got swept up in a Hurricane of lies. I have read all the facts. Carter was as guilty as they come, and Dylan helped free him. The Truth has a color of it's own.
  • Johua from Sydney, Australiathis song is a act of genius,however dylan does not share the same view anymore
    he now thinks that the boxer dude is actually guilty and regrets writing the song(sorry about the spelling)
  • Greg from Columbus, OhIt is a great song, obviously, but it bears no more relation to reality than Tweeter and the Monkeyman. In reality, Carter is as guilty as OJ. When I sing it, I pretend it is about Leonard Peltier, or any of the poor unknown bastard who have actually be framed.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyTake a bow, Scarlet Rivera,,, Her violin playing on this song is unmatched!!!!
  • Brad from Lexington, KyThis is one of the most gut wrenching and influential songs I have ever heard. It's hard to believe that there are american police that would frame an innocent man because of his race. It makes me feel sick. Then I remember all the other things that I've heard about racism and realize this isn't that much different. It still makes me sick, and the convincing and emotionally powerful way Dylan sings this song makes me even more ashamed to live in a land "where justice is a game". Anyone who hears this song couldn't possibly not be convinced of Rubin Carter's innocence. Poor guy could've been champion of the world until our racist police force and crummy American justice system ruined his life.
  • Katie from Dublin, IrelandI love this song but I try not to pay too much attention to the lyrics.When I saw the film I thought Rubin was innocent but i googled Rubin Carter,clicked on "The Truth About Rubin Hurricane
    Carter"and now I think he might have done it.
  • Cassie from Union Grove, WiI think the Hurricane is innocent!

    I love this song!
  • Susan from Westchestertonfieldville, VaThe scene in Dazed and Confused, where Wooderson ( McConaughey) and Randal Pink Floyd ( London) walk into the Emporium is great, and the reason I started to like this song.
    Actually, the song went down a few notches when I found out the story behind it and that it is not "innocent" anymore.
  • Mick from New York City, NyDoug from Raleigh, NC, the line was actually "and to the black folks..." Just thought you should know.
  • Henry from Baltimore, MdI can play the vioin part to this, and its awesome!!
  • Doug from Raleigh, NcI was at Karaoke last night in a semi red neck bar in Jefferson City Missouri. The KJ (Karaoke Jock) had this song so I chose it (all 8 minutes and 14 seconds!) I didn't know it was available on Karaoke up until last night. I know it well as I bought the 45 when it was released in 1975 and listened to it over and over and over and over.... Just singing it outloud in public made me appreciate the lyrics and word play even more - fast and difficult. However, I forgot about that one line, and all of a sudden up on the screen displays the line; "And to the white folks he was just a crazy n..., no one doubted that he pulled the trigger". WELL! What does one do? I changed it on the fly to "And to the white folks he was a - I ain't gunna say it"... some chuckles were heard.
  • Dean from Sydney,I think many of you are missing a crucial point. Rubin Carter's guilt or innocence does not determine the qualty of this song. It was Dylan's brilliance in encapsulating a mood, how it breaks through in his unique vocal tone that truly makes this song. That's why someone like me, a mid-twenties Australian with little knowledge of American history, can be so absorbed by his music.
  • Rey from Sebastopol, CaTom in minneapolis must have cribbed his "facts" from the Patterson police files.Yes, Tom police do frame people and I know of couple of retired ones who have told me how it's done,so save your spin for the white power sites and leave this one alone.The song is clear indictment of crooked (racist) cops railroading for a quick conviction,it happens all the time,but apparently not in your world.
  • Kevin from Vernon, NjI recentley saw the movie it really was spectacular, The song is finally completed when Hurricane is set free, Hes up in canada now helping others who are wrongfully convicted
  • Tasha from Derby, Englandthis song is amazing, i was bought up listening to Bob Dylan, i love this song and think Rubin Carter is innocent! Bob Dylan is a legend!
  • Ella from Wyoming, AustraliaIf Dylan took the song lyrics from Carter's autobiography then the story of the Hurricane is very bias. The story cannot be very true as is only one sided and Rubin Carter may not necessarily tell the truth when it comes to the stoy. I believe Carter is innocent in n asect, but it is pretty sad that Dylan made a song about the hurricane just based on the autobiography by Rubin Carter
  • Bill from Roanoke, Vasorry to burst anyone's bubble, but Carter did the deed. he was convicted in the second trial. while i like the song, it is factually inaccurate and wrongly portrays a murderer as innocent.
  • Megan from Alanta, Gaone of the best song ever and has a great meaning it is about a famous black boxer who walked into the bar and found a guy dead but he wanted to do was to rob the register. we was going to beat the white boxer, but they put him in jail. you have to listen to the song to under stand the story.
  • Garoud from Aricanice point emily, too much writing if you dont like the song, if it this was supossed to be true or not, for the actual times it really doesn't matter...
    it matter that even today IT ROCKS!!! lyrics and music and composition, coming from a real history making musical sense makes it even more awesome.
    and...yes some people doesn't know bob dylan, and do not lives in caves, that comment made me thinks that the person who posted lives in a cave, because you may not know dylan, but you must know a little respect.

    and if you want to listen another true history made song, and a beautiful song, try "Patricio Mann's Arriba en la Cordillera"...amazing
  • Emily from Sydney, Australiahahaha what's more ridiculous is how you could be bothered to sign in and write about how much you don't like this song.

    thats pointless.

    get on with your english report and stop whinging.
  • Susan from Albert Lea, MnI really do not like this song. I know some people like in and all, but I can't stand it! See, I have to do an English report on it, and I've done some research. Half of the stuff this Bob Dylan wrote is untrue. I am not gonna lie. So if you like this song, sorry. But it's 2007 and this is old! Who would listen to this crap?
  • Emily from Sydney, AustraliaDylan's not dead!
    he just came out to Australia, fool.
  • Lulu from Brisbane, AustraliaI'm amazed, I don't listen to much music but this!...this! is truly a piece of art! i am touched of his friendship to rubin carter. LONG LIVE BOB DYLAN! though i think he is dead...whoopsies!
  • Austin from Charlotte, Nci dont know how somebody can write lyrics to a story that well, he is truly a magnificent poet
  • Joe from Dublinto the guy who said "most people i know dont know who dylan is". no offence, but, do most of the people you know live in secluded dark caves on clifftops with their fingers in their ears?
  • Dylan from Mildura, AustraliaMy dad like Madalyn dad loves Bob Dylan (Who im named after, expect the Bob bit) and he's passed his love of Bob Dylan to me, i think like all of Bob Dylans songs there is a rare mix of musical genius and feeling which makes all of his songs, espacally Hurricane a wonder!!
  • Pete from Nowra, AustraliaTom of Minni "was only a kid when he wrote it "....????

    don't think so
  • Charlie from Ny, NySo Rubin Carter really did kill the three men?
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Pamy dad used to play this in the morning on the way to school i know every word...and that started my love for real music not this new crap...and it open the greatest can of worms
  • Cody from Janesville , WiBob Dylan is one of the greates singer/songwriter of all time so many people have done covers of his songs and no one gives the dude credit most people i know dont know who dylan is and i think thats sad
  • Tom from Minneapolis, United StatesRubin Carter is a would-be quad-murderer (one of his victims survived)..he was convicted twice of the crime..the second coming after the song was written. The jury included two blacks and the prosecutor was a member of the NAACP. It makes a good song but has little to do with the truth. Dylan was a kid when he wrote it and had noble intentions but was taken in by a con man. He wont perform it any longer. Any one interested in the truth should research the court documents and eyewitness testimony..not bob bylan's song. It is, as i said, a good song. Also, the movie is full of flat out lies and it is sad that Denzel Washington participated. In case anyone cares: Rubin Carter was never ranked higher than no 3 contender for the title and was ruined by the time the crime happened. He had a documented history of violence and recounted to one reporter how he wanted to go to the Harlem riots and "get me some of them cops". On the night of his arrest..Rubin was only a few blocks away from the murder..not in some other part of town as Dylan says. He was stopped and released and then rearrested when the getaway car description became available. It matched his car exactly. The cop who was supposed to be out to get Carter was home in bed at the time of the crime and the arrest. He lived a life of unempeachable integrity according to endless accounts of people who knew him and worked with him. He never knew Rubin Carter until the crime...the movie suggests they knew each other and that Vincent De Simone had been out to get Carter for a long time. The movie producers admitted to "artistic license" in this regard and in several other instances. Bottom line: A good song that ultimately raised money to free a triple murderer. Carter is a free man today because of misguided do gooding and the popularity of Bob Dylan at the time. I love Dylans music but the line in the song about justice being a game really was true in this case...just not the way most people thought at the time. Do your own homework friends...dont let others do it for you..even if they are great singer songwriters.
  • Paul from Cincinnati, OhBy the way, it almost doesn't matter whether he committed the crime or not, in some sense. As long as he hasnt proven himself to be a danger to society since, which I assume he hasn't, it's really not a concern of mine. The primary function of incarceration is public safety, not punishment and vindiction.
  • Paul from Cincinnati, OhJillian, you must join me in representing the Nasty 'Nati...that is if you ever come on here again, which you won't if you have a life...and of course this a great song...I'd be interested in also hearing the album but I havent taken the time.
  • Hailee from Love&peace, MeThis song is amazing. It has a strong message in it about racism and how it still exists, even today. We should all try to learn something from Bob Dylan...Spread The Love...
  • Daan from Tegelen, NetherlandsI would like to make the remark that Hurricane is not from the album 'Greatest Hits Volume 3' but from the brilliant concept album Desire, also featuring the brilliant songs 'Isis' and 'One more cup of coffee'.
  • Joe from Dublinwhat the hell are you's talkin' about - there's no dispute about it - he did it... he... did... it. everyone knows it - BOB knows it
  • Pete from Nowra, AustraliaMiguel from what i know , he was freed , without being found not gulity, if you google again you will find so called evidence to say he did do it , don't know the site , bit like the moon landing hoax, they state a fact about the trial etc , then give an explanation which makes you think again , maybe he did do it , when he came to Australia a few years back Carter was asked did he do it or not do it , he virtually said , "you decide"
  • Joseph from Auckland, New Zealandthis is what true tunesmiths and real storytellers are supposed to be about recognising societys perfections and imperfections and bringing them to the notice of thge massaes who sometimes look but dont see thanks Bob
  • Chad from Eagan, MnMy favorite Dylan song and a real testiment to his songwriting skill!

    Best line:
    "And so Patty calls the cops
    And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin'
    In the hot New Jersey night."

    That just paints a real vivid image in my head.
  • Austin from Charlotte, Ncthis and stairway are the best songs ever in my mind. i must say though dylans concert sucked im sorry u lost it. i admire his song writing abilities but he can no longer perform well at all. very disappointing. he never got off the keyboard. well i admire him for trying
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrNo accusations, but has anybody thought how weird it would be if Carter really did it.
  • Joe from Dublin, Irelandi know someone else already posted it but for proof that this, while bein' a really great song, it's almost completely untrue (unbeknownst to bob at the time - and yeah i heard that about him refusing to play it anymore too)
    anyway... the proof... http://www.graphicwitness.com/carter/song.html

    by the way... the film? "hate put me in here... love's gonna bust me out"
    i thought it was a decent film up til that point but then "pah!!... be gone with you!"
  • Joshua from Twin Cities, MnThis song is also one of the few instances where a white musician could use the epithet "n***er" and get away without much controversy.
  • Jared from Westmont, Nj...and Jillian from ohio...your right about the Dazed and Confused thing...such a good movie
  • Jared from Westmont, NjIf you listen closely during the lines that are supposed to be quotes by the characters, it sounds like back-up vocals. I inhanced the sound on my computer and the voices change each time. Te conclusion that I came too was that they were supposed to be the voices of the characters. If this is the case then all I have to say is "simply awesome"
  • Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaLongest song to be on my 'Top 25 most played' list on Itunes.
  • Barry from New York, NyAn alternate version of this song appears in the film RENALDO AND CLARA, Dylan's overlong pseudo documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. The song is played during scenes relating to Reuben Carter's press conference and the reaction from the various people on the street.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScWhat a powerful song! I saw a show about the ordeal of Ruben Carter, and I don'tt think he did it either. After all, this particular murder happened when the Civil Rights Movement was going on.
  • Jordan from Ballarat, Nvfor this man to put this mans ordeal into a song and get hm free is just sheer brilliance. I soluteyou bob dylan and rubin carter who i also believe was innocent
  • Jackie from Coatbridge, ScotlandHow anyone can write a song as good as this is beyond belief.Dylan turned this story into an amazing song.Sublime.
  • Steve from Centerville, Ohdylan is perhaps one of the greatest songwriters in human history
  • Davinder from Delhi, IndiaA song worth loads of admiration. Controversies apart, it exhibits poetic prowess Dylan had. Kudos to this legend. Blowin' in the wind is also a must listen.
  • Anastasia from Anaheim, CaGood Lordy this song is amazing! it blows my mind how great a poet he was.
  • Edan from Melbourne, AustraliaI'd just like to say that people should watch what they read most of the things that are up these days about the trial and about Carter himself have holes in them for example the articles found in http://graphicwitness.com/carter/
    have holes in them and twist certain facts to their favour
  • Jillian from Cincinnati, Ohyou hear this song in Dazed and Confused when Matthew McConaughey's character walks into The Emporium.
  • Miguel from Dublin, IrelandI've heard that Dylan now refuses to play this song because he heard that Ruben Carter was actually culpable? Anybody know if there's any truth in this story? I've tried searching the net and can't find much on it so I'm assuming it's a bit of an urban myth...
    Miguel, Dublin, Ireland
  • Colleen from Canada, CanadaI was wondering what you guys thought about the song, i mean do you think he was innocent or do you think he really did commint the crime?
  • Craig from Madison, WiWhen this song came out in '75, old time Dylan fans were excited that it was his first proper protest song in over a decade.
  • Katty from Saskatoon, Canadais there not a song by something corporate called hurricane..."come on sweet catastrophe", i freaking love that song...HEY www.songfacts.com, why dont you have stuff on other bands, lesser known bands, you should inform people of these ones too, they really rock, try www.somethingcorporate.com
  • Clay from Bostos, Mathe thing about hurricane, its surprisingly accurate. some of trhe names besides carter had been changed but most of the events make sense vs. reality
  • Kyle from Wilmington, Deit was also used in a bmx video "wide awake nightmare" in brian wizmerski's part that part turned me on to bob dylan
  • Dominic from Uk, EnglandBrilliant song. I don't pretend to know the truth about the real events but if you want to hear the other side of the story (which is the only way to get a balanced view) take a look at this site: http://graphicwitness.com/carter/
  • Scott from Philadelphia, PaDylan is a poet, he took actual events and such and told a story that rythemed too. Definetly a good song
  • Don from Philadelphia, PaThis might be the best lyrical song ever.
  • Mike from Oliver, CanadaI highly recommend the movie with denzel washington! it is great!
  • Sol from Dallas, Txamen to all of these other comments. Great lyrics, and great music too.
  • Mike from Oliver, Canadai love this song. it tells so much in a little time
  • Terri Lynn from Heart's Desire, Canadaa excerpt of the song is also used in the movie "dazed and confused"... just a quick fact
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaone of the all time greatest songs ever, now thats what I call a story.
  • Jason Lee from New York, NyThis song is so good, as is the songwriting of Bob Dylan.
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