Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again

"Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" is a song written by Bob Dylan that appears on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.[2] The album version also appears on 1971's Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II. An early studio take, done in a faster cut-time, was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack in 2005. As the recording indicates, Dylan had difficulty fitting the words to the tempo, and evidently this led to its rearrangement, as heard on Blonde on Blonde, in a more "rock"-oriented 4/4 time.

"Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Blonde on Blonde
ReleasedJune 20, 1966 (1966-06-20)
RecordedFebruary 17, 1966
StudioColumbia Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreFolk rock
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s)Bob Johnston
Blonde on Blonde track listing
"Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"
Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again cover.jpg
Single by Bob Dylan
from the album Hard Rain
B-side"Rita May"
ReleasedNovember 30, 1976 (1976-11-30)[1]
Format7-inch single
RecordedMay 16, 1976
VenueTarrant County Convention Center Arena, Fort Worth, Texas
GenreFolk rock
Length3:35 (single edit)
6:01 (album version)
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan

A live version of this song appears on the 1976 album Hard Rain, and was also released as a single with "Rita May" as the B-side.


All twenty takes of "Stuck Inside of Mobile" were recorded in the early hours of February 17, 1966, in Columbia's Music Row Studios in Nashville. Dylan continuously reworked the song in the studio, revising lyrics and changing the song's structure as he recorded different takes. Eventually, after recording for three hours, a master take, the twentieth and final take, was chosen.[3] Take five would eventually be released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7.

The entire recording session was released on the 18-disc Collector's Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 in 2015, with highlights from the outtakes appearing on the 6-disc and 2-disc versions of that album.[4]

Cover versionsEdit

The Grateful Dead covered the song in their live shows during the 1980s and 1990s, and performed it when Dylan himself toured with them in 1987. Cat Power covered the song on the soundtrack of the film I'm Not There. Spanish artist Kiko Veneno covered this song in a rumba (a subgenre of Flamenco) version. North Mississippi Allstars cover it on their 2011 album Keys to the Kingdom. Elvis Costello performed a solo version of the song live in Mobile, AL on March 13, 2015. Old Crow Medicine Show covered the song on their 2017 tribute album 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde.

In popular cultureEdit


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