"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. 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.
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.
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".
Notable covers and references
- Jan & Dean covered "It Ain't Me Babe" on their 1965 album, Folk 'n Roll.
- "It Ain't Me Babe" was among many Dylan songs recorded by Joan Baez in the early years of their careers. Baez's version appeared on Joan Baez/5, which also included "Go 'Way From My Window." Additionally, Baez's version from 1967 Live In Japan also contains the song. She sang a duet of this song with Dylan at Newport Folk Festival in 1964, as can be seen in The Other Side of the Mirror (film).
- Davy Jones covered the song on his 1965 self-titled debut album and released it as a single in 1967.
- Fleet Foxes covered "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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Sounes, Howard (2001). Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan. Grove Press. pp. 157, 177. ISBN 0-8021-1686-8.
- ^ a b Gill, Andy (2011). Bob Dylan: The Stories Behind the Songs 1962–1969. Carlton Books. p. 85. ISBN 978-1-84732-759-8.
- ^ Heylin, Clinton (2001). Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited. HarperCollins. p. 154. ISBN 0-06-052569-X.
- ^ http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/the_1969_bob_dylan-johnny_cash_sessions_twelve_rare_recordings.html
- ^ Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 19 - Blowin' in the Wind: Pop discovers folk music. [Part 2]" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu.
Albany Times Union (blog)
Albany Times Union (blog)
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:26:15 -0700
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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:14:15 -0700
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:11:15 -0700
... by Eddie shouting his dismay regarding today's music and where it all had gone then moved the audience to familiar 60s favorites that included "She'd Rather Be With Me", "Eleanor", "It Ain't Me Babe", "You Baby" and the concert tour's signature ...
The Desert Sun
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:56 -0700
At the time, the Turtles had achieved a measure of popularity with a cover of Bob Dylan's “It Ain't Me Babe.” The single, released in 1965, around the time the Byrds were also having success with their chiming pop versions of Dylan songs, became a top ...
The Flint Journal
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:26:15 -0700
October Flint Art Walk Lauren Justice | MLive.com Charleen Cook, of Flint Township, sings and dances as Troy Morris plays "It Ain't Me Babe" on the guitarat the Flint Art Walk October 12 in downtown Flint. Cook says, "if I hear a song I like I gotta ...
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:53:46 -0700
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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:44:14 -0700
... troubled relationship that you know the other person just isn't going to change, and it's time to cut your loses and let go. It's also kind of a “tell off” song, kind of in the tradition of Bob Dylan tunes like 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'It Ain't ...
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