“Black Rider” by Bob Dylan
“Black Rider” is yet another song from Bob Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” in which the listener is tasked with interpreting who exactly the titular character may be. What we do know, based on the lyrics, is that said figure is ever present in the singer’s life, somewhat of a pest if you will. And interesting to note is that Dylan also mentions a “Black Horse” on the track “My Own Version of You”, in what is apparently a reference to the Bible. But as for the “Black Rider” himself, it is not clear if this is a literal or symbolic individual. Indeed the way the lyrics read, he is most likely both.
Columbia Records released “Black Rider” in June 2020 as part of Bob’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” project.
The long-tenured Dylan both produced and composed “Black Rider”.