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"It Ain't Me, Babe" redirects here. For other uses, see It Ain't Me, Babe (disambiguation).
"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 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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