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This song for me has universal resonances. It contains what Kerouac called the wail of the dark-skinned fellahin that can be heard all the way around the world’s equatorial underbelly. But also Russian and gypsy resonances.
When I got to Brazil in l975, it was the one American song that everybody knew. I have played it with local musicians in Madagascar and Mali. It was one of the first songs I learned on the guitar, back when I was a teenager. Dylan did in on one of his first albums. It works everywhere. People anywhere can get right into it even if they never heard it before. It’s one of the root songs, or my root songs. houseinneworleansmr12

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