Annotation

Work status:

  • Original title was "Talkin' John Birch Society Blues"
  • First copyright date: 1970-11-12

Trivia:

  • This song is about the John Birch Society, a social organization which, at the time, was lending support to McCarthy's communist hunt.
  • On May 12, 1963, Dylan was scheduled to appear on the Ed Sullivan show. He planned to perform this song. When Dylan showed up for the show, CBS executives ordered him to play anything other than this song. Dylan refused, and left rather than perform on the show.
Annotation last modified on 2012-01-08 04:58 UTC.

Relationships

lyricist and composer:Bob Dylan (in 1962)
publisher:Warner/Chappell
Special Rider Music (from 1970 to present)
Songfacts:http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=686 [info]
Wikidata:Q3980445 [info]

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
performance
1963-04-12Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (live, 1963-04-12: NYC Town Hall)liveBob Dylan3:47
1963-04-25Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (The Bear, Chicago, 4-25-63)liveBob Dylan3:05
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (1962-10-xx: studio outtake, mono)Bob Dylan3:44
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:54
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid BluesliveBob Dylan4:47
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (1962-10-xx: "Billy Faier Show")liveBob Dylan?:??
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:25
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (5.0 mix)liveBob Dylan4:22
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (live)liveBob Dylan?:??
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues (Withdrawn Mono LP)Bob Dylan3:48
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (live, 1964-10-31: Philharmonic Hall, New York City, NY, USA)Bob Dylan4:06
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesliveBob Dylan4:21
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (1963-04-xx through 1964-06-xx: Witmark & Sons studio sessions)Bob Dylan?:??
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:36
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:28
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan4:12
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesliveBob Dylan4:40
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesliveBob Dylan4:29
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:17
Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues (live)liveBob Dylan4:25
Talkin’ John Birch Society Paranoid BluesliveBob Dylan4:25
Talking John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan3:17
Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues (1963-04-12: Town Hall, New York City, NY, USA)liveBob Dylan4:25
Talking John Birch Paranoid BluesBob Dylan4:05
Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues (Carnegie Hall Hootenanny)liveBob Dylan?:??
Talking John Birch Society BluesBob Dylan3:49