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Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word

"Love is Just a Four-Letter Word" is a song written by Bob Dylan, and long associated with Joan Baez, who has recorded it numerous times, and performed it throughout her career.[1] Baez immediately took to the song, which was written by Dylan sometime around 1965, and began performing it, even before it was finished.[2] In the film Dont Look Back, a documentary of Dylan's 1965 tour of the UK, Baez is shown in one scene singing a fragment of the then apparently still unfinished song in a hotel room late at night.[3] She then tells Dylan, "If you finish it, I'll sing it on a record."[3]

"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"
Single by Joan Baez
from the album Any Day Now
B-side"Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
ReleasedDecember 1968
Format45 RPM single
RecordedSeptember 1968, Columbia Studios, Nashville
LabelVanguard (UK)
Vanguard (US)
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Maynard Solomon
Joan Baez
Joan Baez singles chronology
"Be Not Too Hard"
"Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word"
"Sweet Sir Galahad"

Baez first included the song on Any Day Now, her 1968 album of Dylan covers; she has since recorded it three additional times.[4][5] Her 1968 recording was also released as a single, reaching #86 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6]

Dylan himself never released a version of the song.


  1. ^ "Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word | The Official Bob Dylan Site". Retrieved 2018-06-18.
  2. ^ "Joan Baez - Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  3. ^ a b Pennebaker, D. A., director. Dont Look Back. Docurama, 1967.
  4. ^ "John Peel Archive: Joan Baez - Any Day Now 2". John Peel Archive. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  5. ^ "Any Day Now - Joan Baez | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-06-19.
  6. ^ Baez, Joan. "Discography". Retrieved 2018-06-19.