Is ‘Abandoned Love’ Bob Dylan’s saddest song?

Another revisit to an old post which I recently updated about Bob Dylan’s song ‘Abandoned Love’. What do you consider Bob Dylan’s saddest song?

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Abandoned Love” is a song written by Bob Dylan, recorded on July 31, 1975, but not released until 1985, on his compilation album Biograph. It was written during Dylan’s breakup with his then-wife Sara Lownds.

I don’t think Dylan has ever been as candid and raw as he was on this ‘unreleased’ track from the Desire recordings. It shows a very dark, depraved and dissociated side of Dylan.  Abandoned Love is a bipolar-esque running commentary of Dylan’s inner turmoil and conflicting emotions. It’s as though he hasn’t had time to process his feelings about his breakup with Sara. His malaise is juxtaposed with very benevolent lines like ‘My heart is telling me, I love you still’ but that tenderness is shortcoming due to his apparent willingness to cause emotional harm.

I cannot think of hearing a more vulnerable Dylan than in Abandoned Love where he is…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “Is ‘Abandoned Love’ Bob Dylan’s saddest song?
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Great song… This was one of his best songwriting periods…it’s a shame what spurred it on.

  2. hanspostcard says:

    I vote for– Most Of The Time..

    • ‘Most of the Time’ is my favourite song from Oh Mercy. Great choice. There seems to be many parallels between this and ‘Not Dark Yet’ although I find Not Dark Yet much sadder personally:
      Most of the Time:
      Most of the time
      She ain’t even in my mind
      I wouldn’t know her if I saw her
      She’s that far behind
      Not Dark Yet:
      She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
      She put down in writin’ what was in her mind
      I just don’t see why I should even care
      It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

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