This song from Bob Dylan‘s pivotal 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited has long been my favorite Dylan lyric. Six verses, no chorus, with a lyric that contains poverty, disease, loose women, crooked cops, alcohol, drugs and New York City. What more do you need from a single song?

I imagined the arrangement as Dylan singing, backed up by Petty’s Heartbreakers, with Neil Young on lead guitar. I even threw in some harmonica on the ending.

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