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Number of times Bob Dylan has mentioned Boston in song: one

Posted by Carly Carioli  May 24, 2013 12:10 PM

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Today Bob Dylan turns 72. Slate's birthday present to Robert Zimmerman? An interactive map showing every place in the world that Bob Dylan mentioned in song. For instance, there are more than 20 songs that mention New York, a dozen or so in California, three in New Orleans.

And what of Cambridge, where the young Dylan was a frequent performer?

According to Slate's map: nothing. Nada.

As for that Cambridge suburb across the river Charles? Dylan mentioned Boston just once. And that wasn't until 1997's Time Out Of Mind, in the 16-minute epic "Highlands." What does he have to say of this place, so central to his beginnings?

"I'm in Boston town, in some restaurant I got no idea what I want"

You can tell Boston left a big impression on the greatest songwriter of his generation. Which restaurant? He can't remember. With whom? Won't say. When? You got me. What's he gonna eat? No idea. Here, check it out:


Bob Dylan - Highlands by perostoppogno

Meanwhile, on Twitter, my former colleague David Bernstein is polling Boston's mayoral candidates for their favorite Bob Dylan song. Here's what he's got so far:

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