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One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)

"One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" is a song written and recorded by Bob Dylan. It is the fourth track on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde, and was released as the album's first single that February. The song is an emotional confession of misconnects and apologies from the singer to a woman who has tragically slipped out of his life. As a single, it peaked at No. 33 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] but only reached No. 119 on US Billboard's Bubbling Under chart.

"One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"
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Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Blonde on Blonde
B-side"Queen Jane Approximately"
ReleasedFebruary 14, 1966
Format7"
RecordedJanuary 25, 1966
GenreFolk rock
Length4:54
LabelCBS
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Bob Johnston
Bob Dylan singles chronology
"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
(1965)
"One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"
(1966)
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"
(1966)
Blonde on Blonde track listing

BackgroundEdit

According to Jonathan Singer, it was Paul Griffin who played the piano part on "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)".[2]

Musically, the track is typical of the album: a treble single coil guitar adds a base to the song with the acoustic and bass while organs and pianos take the lead in forming the song. Jazz style drumming is used effectively.

CoversEdit

A Phil Spector styled cover of this song was released by Les Fradkin on If Your Memory Serves You Well (2006).[3]

English singer-songwriter Mick Hucknall covered the song on the 2012 charity compilation album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 174. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Paul Griffin". Steelydan.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  3. ^ "If Your Memory Serves You Well - Les Fradkin | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2016-09-29.