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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 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.
  • "It Ain't Me Babe" was among many Dylan songs recorded by Joan Baez in the early years of their careers.[6] 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.


  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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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:11:15 -0700

Other Turtles hits include: “She'd Rather Be With Me,” “Elenore,” “You Showed Me” and “It Ain't Me Babe.” Chuck Negron co-founded the band Three Dog Night, which created unforgettable songs like “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Mama Told Me Not ...

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 06:12:08 -0700

But even though Dylan delivered an album of mostly love songs, that doesn't mean that he had become a pie-eyed “moon/June” balladeer. 'All I Really Want to Do' and 'It Ain't Me, Babe' — the opener and closer, respectively — showed the narrator ...

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Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:18:45 -0700

A certain degree even filtered into The Turtles' music, from the golden lyricism of Eleonore, She's My Girl, You Baby and You Showed Me to the transformation of Bob Dylan's folkish kiss-off anthem It Ain't Me Babe into a blast of radio-friendly rock 'n ...
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:03:56 -0700

It Ain't Me Babe” was every bit the neatly re-done gem it was way back then, folk-rock imbued with Beach Boys-style vocals, which was a natural effect given that the Turtles were basically California teenagers at the time. 1968's “Elenore” was a more ...
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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:26:15 -0700

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