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?
“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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