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"It Ain't Me Babe"
Song by Bob Dylan from the album Another Side of Bob Dylan
Released August 8, 1964
Recorded June 9, 1964
Genre Folk
Label Columbia
Writer Bob Dylan
Composer Bob Dylan
Producer Tom Wilson
Cover versions
The Turtles, Silvertide, Johnny Cash, Bryan Ferry
Another Side of Bob Dylan track listing

"It Ain't Me Babe" is a song by Bob Dylan that originally appeared on his fourth album Another Side of Bob Dylan, which was released in 1964 by Columbia Records. According to music critic Oliver Trager, this song, along with others on the album, marked a departure for Dylan as he began to explore the possibilities of language and deeper levels of the human experience.[1] Within a year of its release, the song was picked up as a single by artists who were forging the folk rock movement, including The Turtles and The Byrds.[2]


Dylan's biographers generally agree that the song owes its inspiration to his former girlfriend Suze Rotolo. He reportedly began writing the song during his visit to Italy in 1963 while searching for Rotolo, who was studying there.[1][3]

Clinton Heylin reports that a Times reporter at a May 1964 Royal Festival Hall concert where Dylan first played "It Ain't Me" took the lines "no, no, no, it ain't me babe" as a parody of The Beatles' "She Loves You".[4]

Notable covers and references[edit]

  • Jan & Dean covered "It Ain't Me Babe" on their 1965 album, Folk 'n Roll.
  • Davy Jones covered the song on his 1965 self-titled debut album David Jones and released it as a single in 1967.
  • Fleet Foxes performed "It Ain't Me Babe" as part of BBC 6 Music HUB session in 2009.
  • In the film Blow, George Jung (played by Johnny Depp) recites a line from "It Ain't Me Babe" while on trial for marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
  • Editors covered the song on Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Sessions album in 2010.
  • The Brazilian singer Mallu Magalhães covered the song in her first performances, one of them included on her DVD.
  • Ô Paradis covered the song on the 2008 album "Pequeñas canciones de amor".
  • The Australian country and folk band The Lees covered the song on their 'Welcome Road" album in 2010.
  • Tom Fletcher of British band McFly and wife Giovanna cover the song for his YouTube channel in 2013.
  • Joaquín Sabina covered the song for his 2014 "500 noches para una crisis" tour. The version was translated "Ese no soy yo".


  1. ^ a b Trager, Oliver (2004). Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Billboard Books. pp. 14–15, 314–315. ISBN 0-8230-7974-0. 
  2. ^ Sounes, Howard (2001). Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan. Grove Press. pp. 157, 177. ISBN 0-8021-1686-8. 
  3. ^ a b Gill, Andy (2011). Bob Dylan: The Stories Behind the Songs 1962–1969. Carlton Books. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-84732-759-8. 
  4. ^ Heylin, Clinton (2001). Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited. HarperCollins. p. 154. ISBN 0-06-052569-X. 
  5. ^ http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/the_1969_bob_dylan-johnny_cash_sessions_twelve_rare_recordings.html
  6. ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 19 - Blowin' in the Wind: Pop discovers folk music. [Part 2]" (AUDIO). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  7. ^ Callahan, Mike; Edwards, David; Eyries, Patrice; Preuss, Peter (23 April 2003). "MGM Album Discography, Part 9". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Callahan, Mike; Edwards, David; Eyries, Patrice (25 July 2004). "Rhino Album Discography, Part 2". Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 

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Louisville Eccentric Observer

Louisville Eccentric Observer
Wed, 06 May 2015 08:45:00 -0700

“She's a lone forsaken beauty and it's don't trust anyone. I wish I was there beside her, but I'm not there. I'm gone.” Bob Dylan, the grand master poet Cheshire Cat full of backward riddles, lyrical dead ends, mistruths, fables, follies and mysticism ...


Thu, 28 May 2015 07:10:24 -0700

It will include not just the collected Wimmen's Comix (1972-1993), but It Ain't Me Babe Comix (1969), the first all woman American comic. It Ain't Me Babe Comix was a special edition of Berkeley feminist newspaper, It Ain't Me Babe, written, drawn and ...
Fri, 29 May 2015 10:08:05 -0700

Really, it's his Rubber Soul. It has "My Back Pages," "Chimes Of Freedom," "I Don't Believe You," "It Ain't Me Babe," and "Spanish Harlem Incident." It has "To Ramona." It was released on my birthday. And it was all recorded during one wine drunk evening.

La prensa

La prensa
Fri, 29 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Later Sabina sang "It Ain't Me Babe" as a tribute to U.S. singer Bob Dylan, whom he praised for "all he taught me." After that song came others like "Camino de Guanajuato," "Rubia Platino," "Por el Boulevard de Los Sueños Rotos," and "Mas de Cien ...


Thu, 28 May 2015 05:56:15 -0700

The 1960s band, the Turtles, won another victory in their battle to retrieve royalties for songs they recorded prior to February, 1972. This one could have broad financial implications for other artists, as well as digital and streaming firms ...

Whitsunday Times

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Thu, 21 May 2015 20:56:15 -0700

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Sun, 17 May 2015 16:37:30 -0700

What's the Johnny Cash song [written by Bob Dylan]? “It Ain't Me, Babe.” That'd be a good duet and of her songs I like “Begin Again” and “Mean.” Of my songs there's a song called “My Kind of Man” that she'd sound amazing on. She could choose, actually.

Houston Press

Houston Press
Mon, 04 May 2015 19:10:29 -0700

... and Billy the Kid, Dylan wore a cream-colored cowboy hat and sang a number of early classics: "Highway 61 Revisited," "Like a Rolling Stone," "It Ain't Me Babe," "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," "All Along the Watchtower" and "Leopard-Skin ...

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