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It ain’t me, baby

(„Another Side Of Bob Dylan”, 1964 Columbia)
słowa i muzyka: Bob Dylan
Go 'way from my window,
Leave at your own chosen speed.
I'm not the one you want, babe,
I'm not the one you need.
You say you're lookin' for someone
Never weak but always strong,
To protect you an' defend you
Whether you are right or wrong,
Someone to open each and every door,
But it ain't me, babe,
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe,
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe.

Go lightly from the ledge, babe,
Go lightly on the ground.
I'm not the one you want, babe,
I will only let you down.
You say you're lookin' for someone
Who will promise never to part,
Someone to close his eyes for you,
Someone to close his heart,
Someone who will die for you an' more,
But it ain't me, babe,
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe,
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe.

Go melt back into the night, babe,
Everything inside is made of stone.
There's nothing in here moving
An' anyway I'm not alone.
You say you're looking for someone
Who'll pick you up each time you fall,
To gather flowers constantly
An' to come each time you call,
A lover for your life an' nothing more,
But it ain't me, babe,
No, no, no, it ain't me, babe,
It ain't me you're lookin' for, babe.
It Ain't Me Babe” is the title of a 1964 song by Bob Dylan, first included on his album Another Side of Bob Dylan. The song's opening line (”Go away from my window…”) is allegedly influenced by musicologist/folk-singer John Jacob Niles' composition „Go 'Way From My Window.” Niles is referred to by Dylan as an early influence in his autobiography, Chronicles, Vol. 1. Clinton Heylin reports that a London Times reporter at a May 1964 Royal Festival Hall concert where Dylan first played the „It Ain't Me” took the lines „no, no, no, it ain't me babe” as a parody of The Beatles' „She Loves You”. When Bob Dylan played his first electric concerts at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey in 1965, he gave „It Ain't Me, Babe” an electric arrangement.
Dylan and Johnny Cash admired each other's work a great deal, and with Dylan's blessing, Cash recorded the song with June Carter. The song was released on Cash's 1965 album, Orange Blossom Special, and became a hit. This song was also featured in the 2005 film about Cash's life, Walk the Line, and was performed by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon on the film's soundtrack.
In the film Blow, George Jung (played by Johnny Depp) recites a line from „It Ain't Me Babe” while on trial for marijuana possession with intent to distribute.
In 1965, The Turtles also had a hit single of the song, which reached #8 in the U.S. and was then featured on their album of the same name.
”It Ain't Me Babe” was among many Dylan songs recorded by Joan Baez in the early years of their careers. Baez's version appeared on Joan Baez/5, which also included „Go 'Way From My Window.” Additionally, Baez's version from 1967 Live In Japan also contains the song.
Nancy Sinatra covered „It Ain't Me Babe” on her 1966 Boots album.


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