7 Bob Dylan Songs We Want As Movies

Bob Dylan turns 70 today, so in celebration we collected a few of our favorite songs — but more specifically, some of our favorites that would make great pieces of cinema. After all, Dylan is considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of all-time, so in his repertoire he’s probably got a few songs that tell a good story, eh? Evoke a few emotions, maybe? And because he’s such a wordsmith, we’ll go ahead and let his lyrics do the talking and your mind do the wondering as to what the story might be. If you disagree with our picks, feel free to suggest ones we missed in the comments because, c’mon, the dude’s released 30 plus albums — that’s quite a bit of content to choose from. (Also: we know that there was a Dylan film based on a song released a couple of years ago called I’m Not There, but it’s his birthday so let’s just have some fun!)

Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right

An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe

If you don’t know by now

When your rooster crows at the break of dawn

Look out your window and I’ll be gone

You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on

Don’t think twice, it’s all right

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Well, they’ll stone you and say that it’s the end

Then they’ll stone you and then they’ll come back again

They’ll stone you when you’re riding in your car

They’ll stone you when you’re playing your guitar

Yes, but I would not feel so all alone

Everybody must get stoned

As I Went Out One Morning

“Depart from me this moment”

I told her with my voice

Said she, “But I don’t wish to”

Said I, “But you have no choice”

“I beg you, sir”, she pleaded

From the corners of her mouth

“I will secretly accept you

And together we’ll fly south”.

Peggy Day

Well, you know that even before I learned her name

You know I loved her just the same

And I tell them all, wherever I may go

Just so they’ll know, that she’s my little lady

And I love her so.

Ballad of a Thin Man

You walk into the room

With your pencil in your hand

You see somebody naked

And you say, “Who is that man ?”

You try so hard

But you don’t understand

Just what you’ll say

When you get home.

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son ?

And what did you see, my darling young one ?

I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it

I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it

I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’

I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’

I saw a white ladder all covered with water

I saw ten thousand takers whose tongues were all broken

I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

I Shall Be Released

They say ev’rything can be replaced

Yet ev’ry distance is not near

So I remember ev’ry face

Of ev’ry man who put me here

I see my light come shining

From the west unto the east

Any day now, any day now

I shall be released