“Goodbye Jimmy Reed” by Bob Dylan

This song serves as a tribute to a late, great blues’ musician by the name of Jimmy Reed.  But the way Bob Dylan goes about doing so is not by talking about the man himself, at least not directly. Rather it seems as if remembering Jimmy, who passed away in the mid-1970s, also makes him look back at his own life, including his career path. Indeed it has been noted that even in sound, “Goodbye Jimmy Reed” is reminiscent of Dylan days long past. And putting all of the lyrics together, what Bob ultimately seems to be expressing is a great admiration for the titular singer.

Facts about “Goodbye Jimmy Reed”

Bob Dylan is the sole writer and sole producer of “Goodbye Jimmy Reed”. And the song can be found on his 39th studio album, which is called “Rough and Rowdy Ways”.

“Goodbye Jimmy Reed” was published by Columbia Records.

Jimmy Reed himself lived from 1925 to 1976. He is known to have influenced the careers of the likes of Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Bill Cosby. He was later honored with a posthumous induction into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

1 Response

  1. Loekie says:

    “ Go tell the real story
    Tell it in that straightforward, puritanical tone
    In the mystic hours when a person’s alone’

    Wat does tell Jimmy Reed in his songs? About his girlfriend who has changed and does not love him anymore.
    Maybe the narrator has something to do with this?

    ‘Goodbye Jimmy Reed, goodbye and so long
    I thought I could resist her but I was so wrong’

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