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“The original release of Desolation Row on the Highway 61 Revisited album has Nashville session musician Charlie McCoy laying down a flamenco guitar track that situates the lyrics
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“Dylan has said Desolation Row is somewhere in Mexico, but then Dylan has said lot's of things. It's between Dylan's ears, and it's also in Seattle, New York, or any other city
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"Desolation Row" is a 1965 song written and sung by Bob Dylan. It was recorded on August 4, 1965. It is the closing track to Dylan's sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited and has been covered by many artists, including a version by My Chemical Romance for the Watchmen film adaptation in 2009.

The album version of Desolation Row was recorded on August 4, 1965, in Columbia's Studio A in New York City. The two takes spliced for the album were the second and third time Dylan had sung the song. Nashville guitarist Charlie McCoy played an improvised acoustic guitar part on the recording. It is the album's only track not to feature an electric guitar.

The song was first recorded as an electric version with the full band on July 30, 1965, but Dylan's guitar was out of tune. It was recorded again on August 2, 1965, during a 2AM session with electric bass and guitar, but the final decision was to close the album with an acoustic version.

In an interview with USA Today on September 10, 2001, the day before the release of his album Love and Theft, Dylan claimed that the song "is a minstrel song through and through. I saw some ragtag minstrel show in blackface at the carnivals when I was growing up, and it had an effect on me, just as much as seeing the lady with four legs."

It has been suggested that the title is a reference to Jack Kerouac's novel Desolation Angels and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.[citation needed] Suggestions over the ...
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