Dylan wrote this violent and vengeful song in a hotel room in August 1963. He was in an angry mood when he penned it, as a hotel clerk who thought he looked like a deadbeat had refused him admission. Dylan finally got a room after Joan Baez vouched for his good character.
"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.