A Bob Dylan Playlist – 7 songs with the word “President” in the lyrics

Goodness hides behind its gates,
But even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.

This might be a relevant playlist…

I’ve found seven songs mentioning “President” in the lyrics.

Quit Your Low Down Ways

Recorded: July 09, 1962
Album: The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 – March 26, 1991

Now, you can run down to the White House,
You can gaze on the Capitol Dome,
You can knock on the President’s gate, pretty mama,
But, you know, it’s gonna be too late


I Shall Be Free

Recorded: December 06, 1962
Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – May 27, 1963

Well, my telephone rang, it would not stop.
It’s President Kennedy calling me up.
He said, “My friend, Bob, what do we need to make the country grow?”
I said, “My friend, John, Brigitte Bardot,
Anita Ekberg, Sophia Loren.
Country’ll grow.”


It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

Recorded: January 15, 1965
Album: Bringing It All Back Home – March 22, 1965

While preachers preach of evil fates,
Teachers teach that knowledge waits,
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates,
Goodness hides behind its gates,
But even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.


Clothes Line Saga

Recorded: May-October 1967
Album: The Basement Tapes – June 26, 1975

“Have you heard the news?” he said with a grin, “The Vice President’s gone mad!”
“Where?” “Downtown.” “When?” “Last night.” “Hmm, gee, that’s too bad.”



Shot of Love

Recorded: Early May 1981
Album: Shot of Love – August 10, 1981

Don’t need a shot of codeine to help me to repent,
Don’t need a shot of whiskey help me be president,
I need a shot of love


Alt.version (outtake):

Murder Most Foul

Recorded: January – February 2020
Album: Rough and Rowdy Ways – June 19, 2020

‘Twas a dark day in Dallas – November ‘63
The day that will live on in infamy
President Kennedy was riding high
A good day to be living and a good day to die


The 7th is “Joey”, but the the lyrics mentions “President Street”, so it is not that relevant.

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