I feel about Bob Dylan's songs very often that Bob is actually a kind of folk mind that he represents to all the people around. And all the ideas current are just filtered down and come out in poetry. For example, one song he wrote about the fellow that asked to be put into an institution, what was his name -- White?
Oh yeah... Now, he's dead now.
He's dead now? For example, you put in one line, you say the institutions were overcrowded. And I just couldn't see that appearing in a traditional ballad stanza before you sang it. And it's actually the first song I could think of, a modern song, that uses the ideas of the 20th century Freudian psychology, the ideas of people being afraid of life, in actually a folk song.
Instead of talking about it, let's hear it.
AGNES "SIS" CUNNINGHAM:
That's what I was gonna say. Let him get tuned up while we're talking and we can let him give us an example of how these songs just sort of come to him and flow through him.
Well, I think this particular song is historical in the sense that it's the first psychological song of the modern generation I've heard.
BOB DYLAN: I took this from Bonnie Dobson's tune, "Peter Amberly", I think the name of it is...
DYLAN PERFORMS "THE BALLAD OF DONALD WHITE"