#AtoZ Dylan – “I” is for I Shall be Released

“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Written in 1967, “I Shall be Released” shows a heavy gospel influence, and whether you interpret the lyrics literally (as a prisoner about to be released from prison) or metaphorical (one’s own redemption), this song ranks up with Dylan’s greatest.

Click HERE for a link to the lyrics.

“I Shall be Released” has been covered widely, by Joe Cocker, Ricky Nelson, Aaron Neville, among many others. For me, Bette Midler’s version on her album The Divine Miss M is goosebump-worthy.

For a visual, I’m going with Chrissie Hynde:


4 thoughts on “#AtoZ Dylan – “I” is for I Shall be Released

  1. Martha, I always thought Chrissie Hynde’s was one of the best, but the version from Amnesty International- The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball is also great. Now? I can’t wait to go and check out Bette Midler’s version!

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