Great Bob Dylan Quotes 1975 – 1979

I just try to be poetically and musically straight. I think of myself as more than a musician, more than a poet. The real self is something other than that. Writing and performing is what I do in this life and in this country. But I could be happy being a blacksmith. I would still write and sing. I can’t imagine not doing that. You do what you’re geared for.
-> Bob Dylan (Neil Hickey Interview, Malibu, California – 11 September 1976)

The quotes are collected from song lyrics & interviews. It’s not only “great” quotes we’ve collected, but also important quotes & funny quotes.

Bob Dylan did many interviews during these years, particular in 1977 & 78. He released 3 Great studio albums: Desire (1976), Street Legal (1978) & Slow Train Coming (1979).


From songs

Isis, oh, Isis you mystical child
What drives me to you is what drives me insane
I still can remember the way that you smiled
On the fifth day of May in the drizzling rain

I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells
I’d taken the cure and had just gotten through
Stayin’ up for days in the Chelsea Hotel
Writin’ ‘Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands’ for you

Oh, sister am I not a brother to you?
And one deserving of affection
And is our purpose not the same on this earth
To love and follow his direction
~Oh, Sister

Your breath is sweet
Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky
Your back is straight, your hair is smooth
On the pillow where you lie
~One More Cup Of Coffee

From Interviews

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Bob Dylan Best Songs from the 70s – 6 different lists (Rolling Stone, Uncut, The Guardian and more..)

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’
I was layin’ in bed
Wondrin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red

Four of the original lists aren’t actually made up of songs only from the 1970s, but I’ve pulled out the songs recorded in the 1970s and ranked accordingly.

The Guardian

From the list “Bob Dylan’s 50 greatest songs – ranked!” – April 2020

    1. Idiot Wind – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    2. Tangled Up in Blue – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    3. I Shall Be Released – Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II (1971)
    4. Hurricane – Desire (1976)
    5. Simple Twist of Fate – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    6. Isis – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
    7. Slow Train – Slow Train Coming (1979)
    8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
    9. If Not For You – New Morning (1970)
    10. Forever Young – Planet Waves (1974)
    11. Went to See the Gypsy – New Morning (1970)
    12. Changing of the Guards – Street-Legal (1978)

Idiot Wind

Tangled Up In Blue

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