Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Dylan’s weakest song #11: Huck’s Tune

Much as I’m into Tell Tale Signs, and learning to regard some of the tracks – most notably Red River Shore - as Bob epics, it does have the odd weak song.

Huck’s Tune, in particular, is destined for my list of weak Dylan compositions. It has one of the hallmarks of uninspired lyric writing – the first time you hear the song, you can finish some lines after hearing the first few words. And some lyrics seem to be used merely because they rhyme, not because they add meaning.

Such shortcomings are untypical of Dylan’s lyrics; they’re certainly absent from masterpieces like Red River Shore.

Gerry Smith