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For the first studio album by the pop rock band The Turtles see It Ain't Me Babe (album).

"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
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 and released it as a single in 1967.
  • Fleet Foxes peformed "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. 

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:07:30 -0700

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Under the Radar Mag (blog)
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:03:45 -0700

The A-Sides of these records are the same as those released in the mid- to late-'60s: its cover of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe," "Let Me Be," "You Baby," "Happy Together," and "She'd Rather Be With Me," among others. The B-Sides, however, are not the ...
Albany Times Union
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:26:15 -0700

The show featured music from the likes of Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan. Moses Torrence accompanied himself on acoustic guitar as he sang Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe", with an assist from Oz McClamrock on the mouth organ, ...
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Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:03:45 -0700

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Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:03:45 -0700

... include an early version of “I Shall Be Released” with slightly different lyrics, a cover of Hank Williams's country classic “My Bucket's Got a Hole In It,” and country versions of Dylan's own “Blowin' In the Wind,” “It Ain't Me Babe,” and “One Too ...
Salt Lake Tribune
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:26:15 -0700

The six-CD main set includes Dylan classics such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "It Ain't Me, Babe," along with The Band's "I Shall be Released." Columbia, part of Sony, also plans to issue "The Basement Tapes Raw" as a three-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, ...
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