Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bob Dylan’s 10 Best Infrastructure Songs^
Posted on Tuesday May 24th by Eric Jaffe

Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday, an occasion that has inspired a variety of Dylan-related lists. Since Dylan often rasps about matters covered regularly by this site — namely, roads, trains, floods, and cities — and since, as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, the only thing I tweet about more than infrastructure is Bob Dylan, it seemed both festive and natural to join the jamboree with a list of Bob’s best infrastructure-related songs.

A brief introduction: Only those songs with direct titular and lyrical links to infrastructure were considered. So a number like “On the Road Again,” though nominally related to traveling, failed to crack the threshold because the song has everything to do with a repulsive household the narrator wishes to flee, and nothing to do with the course of the fleeing; similarly, a tune like the incomparable “Mississippi,” despite strong thematic ties to movement, fell outside the lines as well. Most lyrics come from bobdylan.com. Now, to the list . . .

the rest is here: http://ping.fm/ewEJT

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