Bob Dylan’s 5 Harshest Songs

By Staff

Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“Dylan has recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love,” the Swedish Academy said in a biographical note.

Related: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Unquestionably, Dylan’s lyrics are wide-ranging in scope and tone; he articulates many facets of the human experience with vivid precision. Something Dylan does, perhaps better than anyone, is deliver a cutting blow. His catalog contains some of the harshest, direct, and caustic lines in the history of popular music.

In honor of his well deserved honor, here are Bob Dylan’s five harshest songs with some key lyrics for reference.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
“I ain’t a-saying you treated me unkind, you could have done better but I don’t mind, you just kinda wasted my precious time, but don’t think twice, it’s all right.”

Idiot Wind
“Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth, you’re an idiot, babe, it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.”


Positively 4th Street
“Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes, you’d know what a drag it is to see you.”


“I hate myself for lovin’ you and the weakness that it showed, you were just a painted face on a trip down Suicide Road.”


Masters of War
“And I hope that you die, and your death’ll come soon, I will follow your casket, by the pale afternoon, and I’ll watch while you’re lowered, down to your deathbed, and I’ll stand o’er your grave, ’til I’m sure that you’re dead.”

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