Song of the Day: Bob Dylan – “Sweetheart Like You”

Happy birthday wishes go out to Bob Dylan, who turns 77 years old today. This love song is a fan favorite, finishing fifth in a 2015 Rolling Stone poll of favorite Bob Dylan songs. But some don’t care for the line, “You know, a woman like you should be at home/That’s where you belong/Watching out for someone who loves you true/Who would never do you wrong.”

“That line didn’t come out exactly the way I wanted it to,” he told Rolling Stone in 1984. “But, uh . . . I could easily have changed that line to make it not so overly, uh, tender, you know? But I think the concept still woulda been the same. You see a fine-lookin’ woman walking down the street, you start goin’, ‘Well, what are you doin’ on the street? You’re so fine, what do you need all this for?'”

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Yeah, it’s far from the best lyric Dylan ever created. But it’s a lovely song nonetheless, and at least its heart is in the right place.

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