"I wanted to write a big song, some kind of theme song, with short,
concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way," said
Dylan. "This is definitely a song with a purpose." Inspired
by Scottish and Irish folk ballads and released less than two months after
the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the song became an immediate anthem
and was covered by artists from the Byrds to Cher. Said Dylan, "I
knew exactly what I wanted to say and who I wanted to say it to."
#59 of Rolling Stone's Best 500 Songs