This was one of two original songs on Bob Dylan's eponymous first album. It describes his feelings on arriving in New York, and the initial difficulty he had finding gigs.
The line, "Now, a very great man once said, that some people rob you with a fountain pen," is a nod to Dylan's hero, Woody Guthrie. It is a specific reference to "Pretty Boy Floyd," Guthrie's 1939 ballad about the 1930s gangster.
The seemingly inoffensive song, "Deep In The Heart Of Texas," was banned by the BBC when it was released in 1942. They deemed the song too catchy, with authorities in wartime Britain concerned that factory workers would be distracted if they heard it during a shift.
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.