Track of the Day: 'Desolation Row' by My Chemical Romance

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

After seeing David’s note yesterday on the literary qualities of “Tangled Up in Blue,” a reader, Keith Wells, recommends another Dylan song:

Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature was stunning, more for how long it took than anything else! It reminded me of a song to recommend for your cover song series: “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance. They took the 11-minute opus and cut it down to a 3-minute burst of pop-punk anarchy. They even managed to stick a few bars of the Star-Spangled Banner in there just for fun.

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