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50 Pieces of wisdom from Bob Dylan lyrics

We're gonna say it: Robert Allen Zimmerman is arguably the bard in modern times.

The artist otherwise known as Bob Dylan - who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature -  has been responsible for some of the finest pieces of prose and poetry of the last century, and set them to some of the most culturally important songs that there have ever been. (Don't mean to drag you into this, Ed Sheeran, but you've a way to go yet mate.)

Dylan has done all this while remaining an idiosyncratic - and let's face it, curmudgeonly - character, prone to wild left-turns in style. Put simply: he'll chase any musical whim he fancies (see 1965's Bringing It All Back Home, where he abandoned acoustic instruments in favour of electric ones and Street Rock, his 1986 collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Kurtis Blow). 

In celebration of his new album, Shadows In The Night, which sees him 'uncover' a selection of songs originally made famous by Frank Sinatra, we've pulled together our 50 favourite bits of Dylan's lyrical wisdom. Clearly, we can't be comprehensive, so make sure you let us know your choice cuts, too, using the comments section below...

Shadows In The Night is out now

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Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night

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