Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? Positively 4th Street“ is a song written and performed by Positively Izzy PDF Dylan, first recorded in New York City on July 29, 1965. 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Författare: Terri Libenson.
An unreleased promo spot of the song can be found on the No Direction Home DVD special features. The master take of „Positively 4th Street“ was recorded on July 29, 1965, during the mid-June to early August recording sessions that produced all of the material that appeared on Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited. Although the song was recorded during the Highway 61 Revisited sessions, and shares much stylistically with the tracks on that album, it was saved for a single-only release, eventually charting in the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1989 a Bristol music promoter purchased an old KB Discomatic jukebox that had once belonged to John Lennon during the mid-1960s. A copy of Dylan’s „Positively 4th Street“ single was found among the 41 7″ singles loaded onto the machine. Dylan begins by telling the unspecified second-person target of the song that they have a lot of nerve to say that they are his friend and then goes on to list a multitude of examples of their backstabbing duplicity. The lyrics of „Positively 4th Street“ are bitter and derisive, which caused many, at the time of the song’s release, to draw a comparison with Dylan’s similarly toned previous single „Like a Rolling Stone“.
Indeed, journalist Andy Gill described it as „simply the second wind of a one-sided argument, so closely did it follow its predecessor’s formula, both musically and attitudinally“. There is uncertainty about exactly which „4th Street“ the title refers to, with many scholars and fans speculating it refers to more than one. The song is generally assumed to ridicule Greenwich Village residents who criticized Dylan for his departure from traditional folk styles towards the electric guitar and rock music. Many of the Greenwich Village folk crowd, who had been good friends of Dylan’s, took offense and assumed that the song carried personal references. At least five hundred came into my place and asked if it was about me. I don’t know if it was, but it was unfair. I’m in the Village twenty-five years now.