She Belongs to Me

"She Belongs to Me" is a song by Bob Dylan, and was first released as the second track on his 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home. The song may be about a former girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, or fellow folk singer Joan Baez, contemporary siren Nico, or Sara Lownds, the woman that Dylan would wed in November 1965.

"She Belongs to Me"
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Bringing It All Back Home
A-side"Subterranean Homesick Blues"
ReleasedMarch 22, 1965
RecordedJanuary 14, 1965
StudioColumbia Recording Studios, New York City
GenreFolk rock, blues rock
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Tom Wilson
Bob Dylan singles chronology
"The Times They Are a-Changin'"
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" / "She Belongs to Me"
"Maggie's Farm"
Bringing It All Back Home track listing


The version of the song that appears on Bringing It All Back Home was recorded on the afternoon of January 14, 1965, and produced by Tom Wilson.[1] Dylan performed it with the rock band that accompanied him on the songs on side one of the album, with Bruce Langhorne playing the electric guitar.[1][2][3][4]

Different versions of the song were recorded during the January 1965 sessions for Bringing It All Back Home. Like the other love song on side one, "Love Minus Zero/No Limit", "She Belongs to Me" had been recorded on January 13, 1965, in acoustic versions.[1] An outtake featuring Dylan, Langhorne, and bassist Bill Lee—stated in the liner notes to have been recorded on January 14, but which Dylan scholar Clinton Heylin dates to January 13—was released in 2005 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack.[1] The January 13 recordings and a first take from January 14 were released on the 6-disc and 18-disc versions of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 in 2015.[5] (The song was also recorded with just guitars and bass on the evening of January 14, an uncirculated version.[1])


The title of the song is perhaps ironic.[2][6][7][8] The woman described in the song perhaps belongs to no one, as suggested by the lyric "She's nobody's child, the law can't touch her at all."[1][6][7] However that is open to interpretation.The lyrics describe how the singer "bow[s] down to her on Sunday" and "salute[s] her when her birthday comes."[1][6] Other lines celebrate the woman's assertiveness and moral conviction.[8] The lyrics may refer to Suze Rotolo, Dylan's girlfriend from July 1961 to early 1964. Some of the lyrics of "She Belongs to Me" could refer to Dylan's former lover, folk singer Joan Baez, particularly the line about the woman wearing an "Egyptian ring", since Dylan had given Baez such a ring.[9][8][10]

Other lines that may refer to Baez are a line describing her as "an artist" and a reference to being a "walking antique", which may be a reference to Baez' desire to keep Dylan writing protest songs but could easily be a compliment.[8][10] John Cale of the Velvet Underground has stated that he believes the song to be about Nico, with whom Dylan spent some time around the time of the song's composition.[11]

An alternate interpretation of the song is that it is a paean to Dylan's muse, depicting it as unapproachable but domineering.[1]

The song She Belongs To Me was written in 1965, the year Bob Dylan married Shirley Noznisky [aka Sara Lownds].

The song could be about any of these women. Most people see it as a positive and complimentary song, given the lyrics and the tender way Dylan sings it.

Musical style

Any perceived or imagined bitterness in the lyrics is offset by the gentleness of Dylan's singing and the delicacy of the accompaniment.[10] Most people would not see any bitterness in these lyrics. The song is in a symmetrical 12-bar blues form.[9][1][12] Music critic Robert Shelton has described the song as having a melody that is gentle, with relaxed phrasing and a swaying, waltz-like rhythm,[9] although it does not use the 3/4 time signature of a waltz but rather a 4/4 time signature.

Critical reception

In a 2005 reader's poll reported in Mojo, She Belongs to Me was listed as the #98 all time Bob Dylan song, and a similar poll of artists ranked the song #53.[13] In 2002, Uncut listed it as the #14 all time Bob Dylan song.[14] The aggregation of critics' lists at did not place this song in its list of the top 3000 songs of all time, but rated it as one of the 1965 songs "bubbling under" the top 3000.[15]

Other releases

The song, first released on Bringing It All Back Home in 1965, has been subsequently released on several Dylan compilation and live albums, including Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II in 1971. It was also included in Martin Scorsese's film No Direction Home and released on its soundtrack album, The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack, in 2005, in the form of an outtake from the original recording sessions.[2]

A live performance from Dylan's 1969 Isle of Wight Festival performance was released on Self Portrait in 1970. The song opened the famous May 17, 1966 concert in Manchester's Free Trade Hall, England (popularly but mistakenly known as the "Royal Albert Hall" concert), released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert in 1998. A May 10, 1965 performance of the song at the Royal Albert Hall was released in 2018 on Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections.

In November 2016, all Dylan's recorded live performances of the song from 1966 were released in the boxed set The 1966 Live Recordings, with the May 26, 1966 performance released separately on the album The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert.

Cover versions

The song has been covered by various artists, including Barry McGuire, The Grateful Dead, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Tom Club, Alain Bashung, Leon Russell, The Nice, Richard Shindell, Billy Preston, Buddy Greene, Lloyd Cole, Ricky Nelson, Neil Finn and Pajama Club, Buffalo Tom, Ane Brun, Ólöf Arnalds, Trish Murphy, The Rose Garden and Tina Turner. It has also been translated into a French version by Francis Cabrel, titled "Elle m'appartient (C'est une artiste)" on his 2008 album Des roses et des orties. Ricky Nelson's country version was a Top 40 hit.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Heylin, C. (2009). Revolution in the Air. Chicago Review Press. pp. 226–227. ISBN 978-1-55652-843-9.
  2. ^ a b c "She Belongs to Me". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. ^ Gray, M. (2008). The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (rev. updated ed.). Continuum. pp. 395–396. ISBN 978-0-8264-2974-2.
  4. ^ "Bruce Langhorne". allmusic. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12". Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d Trager, O. (2004). Keys to the Rain. Billboard Books. pp. 552–554. ISBN 0-8230-7974-0.
  7. ^ a b Hinchey, J. (2002). Like a Complete Unknown. Stealing Home Press. pp. 81–85. ISBN 0-9723592-0-6.
  8. ^ a b c d Gill, A. (1998). Don't Think Twice, It's All Right. Thunder's Mouth Press. pp. 71–72. ISBN 1-56025-185-9.
  9. ^ a b c Shelton, R. (1986). No Direction Home. Da Capo Press. p. 272. ISBN 0-306-80782-3.
  10. ^ a b c Williamson, N. (2006). The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan (2nd ed.). Rough Guides Reference. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-84353-718-2.
  11. ^ "Desert Island Discs". BBC. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  12. ^ Gray, M. (2000). Song and Dance Man III. Continuum. p. 310. ISBN 0-8264-5150-0.
  13. ^ "100 Greatest Dylan Songs". Mojo. November 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  14. ^ "Uncut – Top 40 Dylan Tracks". Uncut. June 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  15. ^ "Acclaimed Music Top 3000 songs". 27 May 2009.

External links

65 Revisited

65 Revisited is a 2007 American documentary film directed by D. A. Pennebaker. It was made from footage the director shot for his 1967 film Dont Look Back. Both films show Bob Dylan and entourage during their 1965 concert tour of the UK. The newer film includes outtakes from its predecessor, and adds several full-length song performances.

The film opened in theaters on November 28, 2007. It is also available as the second disc in a DVD reissue called Bob Dylan: Don't Look Back - 65 Tour Deluxe Edition.65 Revisited also features Joan Baez, Bob Neuwirth and Nico.

Blue Light, Red Light

Blue Light, Red Light, a big band album by American artist Harry Connick Jr., released in 1991. The multi-platinum album features Connick's vocals and piano, accompanied by his 14-piece big band.

Connick wrote the music, with Ramsey McLean writing most of the lyrics, (except for track #4 "Jill", #5 "He Is They Are", #10 "She Belongs To Me", and #12 "Just Kiss Me", with both music and lyrics by Harry Connick Jr.).

Blues (Bob Dylan album)

Blues is a single-disc compilation album by Bob Dylan, released on June 27, 2006 and distributed exclusively by Barnes & Noble. By November 2011 it also became available to members of the Jazz Heritage Society through their Review, Release # 564.

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 27, 1967 on Columbia Records, original catalogue number KCS 9463. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It peaked at  No. 10 on the pop album chart in the United States, and went to  No. 3 on the album chart in the United Kingdom. Certified five times platinum by the RIAA, it is his best-selling album in the U.S.

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II

Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II, also known as More Bob Dylan Greatest Hits, is the second compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on November 17, 1971 by Columbia Records. With Dylan not expected to release any new material for an extended period of time, CBS Records president Clive Davis proposed issuing a double LP compilation of older material. Dylan agreed, compiling it himself and suggesting that the package include a full side of unreleased tracks from his archives. After submitting a set of excerpts from The Basement Tapes that Davis found unsatisfactory, Dylan returned to the studio in September 1971 to recut several Basement songs, with Happy Traum providing backup.

The final package included one previously uncollected single, "Watching the River Flow", an outtake from the same sessions, "When I Paint My Masterpiece"; one song from Dylan's April 12, 1963 Town Hall concert, "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", and three songs from the September sessions, "I Shall Be Released", "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", and "Down in the Flood". The remaining tracks were drawn from existing releases.

In 2003, this album was released along with Dylan's two other Greatest Hits compilations in one four-disc set, as Greatest Hits Volumes I–III.

As with The Basement Tapes and the Beatles' 1962-1966, all the selections could fit on a single 80-minute CD, but were nevertheless released on two CDs to match the LP.

Bob Dylan England Tour 1965

The Bob Dylan England Tour 1965 was a concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan during late April and early May 1965. The tour was widely documented by filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker, who used the footage of the tour in his documentary Dont Look Back.

Bob Dylan World Tour 1966

The Bob Dylan World Tour 1966 was a concert tour undertaken by American musician Bob Dylan, from February to May 1966. Dylan's 1966 World Tour was notable as the first tour--actually a continuation of his late 1965 U.S. tour--where Dylan employed an electric band backing him, following his "going electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. The musicians Dylan employed as his backing band were known as The Hawks; they subsequently became famous as The Band. The 1966 tour was filmed by director D. A. Pennebaker. Pennebaker's footage was edited by Dylan and Howard Alk to produce a little-seen film, Eat the Document, an anarchic account of the tour. Drummer Mickey Jones also filmed the tour with an 8mm home movie camera. Many of the 1966 tour concerts were recorded by Columbia Records. These recordings produced two official albums, the so-called "Royal Albert Hall" concert and in 2016, "The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert," as well as The 1966 Live Recordings, a 36 CD box set of every recorded concert from the 1966 tour. There are also many unofficial bootleg recordings of the tour.

Dylan's 1966 Tour ended with his motorcycle accident late on Friday afternoon, July 29, 1966. Subsequent to Dylan's withdrawal to Woodstock, he refrained from undertaking a major tour until 1974.

Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 22, 1965 by Columbia Records. The album is divided into an electric and an acoustic side, although the acoustic side included some tracks in which other instruments were backing up Dylan and his guitar, but no drums were used. On side one of the original LP, Dylan is backed by an electric rock and roll band—a move that further alienated him from some of his former peers in the folk music community. Likewise, on the acoustic second side of the album, he distanced himself from the protest songs with which he had become closely identified (such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"), as his lyrics continued their trend towards the abstract and personal.

The album reached No. 6 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart, the first of Dylan's LPs to break into the US top 10. It also topped the UK charts later that spring. The first track, "Subterranean Homesick Blues", became Dylan's first single to chart in the US, peaking at No. 39.

Dick's Picks Volume 21

Dick's Picks Volume 21 is the 21st live album in the Dick's Picks series of releases by the Grateful Dead. It contains a complete concert that was recorded on November 1, 1985, at Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia. It also includes several bonus tracks recorded on September 2, 1980, at the Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York. It was released on March 20, 2001.

Dick's Picks Volume 21 features rare live recordings of "Spoonful", "Gimme Some Lovin'", "She Belongs to Me", "Gloria" and "Keep Your Day Job".

Everything Is Beautiful (Ray Stevens album)

Everything Is Beautiful was Ray Stevens' sixth studio album, released in 1970, as well as his first for Barnaby Records. After making regular appearances on The Andy Williams Show during the show's eleventh season, Stevens left Monument Records in early 1970 and signed with Barnaby (which was owned by Williams).

The album was rush-released to capitalize on the success of the single of the same name, which was the album's sole single. Cover versions include "Get Together," "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," John Denver's hit "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "A Time for Us," Bob Dylan's song "She Belongs to Me," and two of the Beatles' songs ("She Came in Through the Bathroom Window" and "Something").

The back of the album cover contains a photo of Stevens and Andy Williams.

On May 17, 2005, Collectables Records re-released this album and Stevens' next album Ray Stevens...Unreal!!! together on one CD.

Garden Party (Rick Nelson song)

"Garden Party" is a 1972 hit song written by Rick Nelson and recorded by him and the Stone Canyon Band on the album Garden Party. The song tells the story of Nelson being booed at a concert at Madison Square Garden.

In Concert at the Troubadour, 1969

In Concert at the Troubadour, 1969 is a live country rock album by Ricky Nelson recorded in Los Angeles during four dates at The Troubadour in late 1969. The album featured the debut of the Stone Canyon Band, which included Randy Meisner, Tom Brumley, Allen Kemp, and Patrick Shanahan, and was Nelson's highest-charting release in three years. The album contains four songs written by Nelson and three Bob Dylan compositions, as well as other songs by Eric Andersen and Tim Hardin. The performances were attended by many fellow musicians and songwriters.

In 2011, the British label Ace Records issued a remastered version of In Concert at the Troubadour on two compact discs with 30 bonus tracks and a booklet containing detailed information about the shows and songs that were recorded.

List of artists who have covered Bob Dylan songs

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer–songwriter, author, poet and painter who has been a major figure in popular music for more than five decades. Many major recording artists have covered Dylan's material, some even increasing its popularity as is the case with The Byrds' cover version of "Mr. Tambourine Man".

This article is a list of musicians who have recorded and released their own version of a song written by Dylan.

Live in Concert Newcastle City Hall 1974

Live in Concert Newcastle City Hall 1974 is a live album by the British progressive rock group Refugee, recorded on June 16 onto cassette straight from the soundboard. It was released under the Voiceprint Records in 2007. The album includes The Nice song "Diamond-Hard Blue Apples of the Moon" and a cover of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me", all songs from the debut album (except for "Credo" and "Gatecrasher") and the four-minute "Refugee Jam".

Never Ending Tour 2013

The Never Ending Tour is the popular name for Bob Dylan's endless touring schedule since June 7, 1988. The 2013 tour marked the Never Ending Tour's 25th Anniversary.

Never Ending Tour 2015

The Never Ending Tour is the popular name for Bob Dylan's endless touring schedule since June 7, 1988.

Refugee (Refugee album)

Refugee is the only studio album from the progressive rock band Refugee, released in March 1974 on Charisma Records. It was re-released under the TimeWave label on 27 June 2006. A live album Refugee Live in Concert. Newcastle City Hall 1974 was issued in 2007, on Voiceprint Records, containing two songs from the era of Lee Jackson and Brian Davison's earlier band The Nice, "The Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon" and the Bob Dylan song "She Belongs to Me", as well as songs from this album.

The title of the track "Ritt Mickley" originated from Moraz's strong French Swiss accent when he asked the other band members to play the track again but more "rhythmically".

The 1966 Live Recordings

The 1966 Live Recordings is a 36-CD boxset of live recordings from the 1966 Live Tour by Bob Dylan, released on Legacy Records in November 2016. It includes every known recording from the tour, including audience tapes. Most of the set was unreleased at that point and some tapes never circulated before.

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