12 Bob Dylan Songs About Coronavirus

by Seth Rogovoy

 

(HUDSON, N.Y., April 24, 2020) — In the past few weeks, Bob Dylan has released two new songs, “Murder Most Foul” and “I Contain Multitudes,” which people have combed for references to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Never mind that these songs were most likely written and recorded months if not years before the new coronavirus upended our world.

 

But the fact is that a careful review of Dylan’s mammoth songbook – numbering somewhere around 600 songs – shows that the Nobel Prize-winning rock poet has been singing about the pandemic for nearly 60 years. Here are just a few of the songs whose lyrics, at least in our current context, variously address life during the COVID-19 shutdown.

 

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