Bob Dylan Releases New 17-Minute Song About JFK Assassination

"Murder Most Foul" is Dylan's first new song in eight years

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Bob Dylan performs on stage during Hop Farm Festival at Hop Farm Family Park on June 30, 2012 in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom. (Gus Stewart/Redferns via Getty Images)
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By Bonnie Stiernberg / March 27, 2020 9:08 am

These are strange, scary times we’re living in, and perhaps sensing that a weary nation could really use a good distraction, Bob Dylan has resurfaced with his first new song in eight years, a 17-minute track about John F. Kennedy’s assassination called “Murder Most Foul.”

The legendary 78-year-old songwriter shared the single on Twitter late Thursday night (March 27), writing, “Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years. This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you.”

The meandering track opens with Dylan singing, “‘Twas a dark day in Dallas, November ’63, a day that will live on in infamy,” and it also includes references to other cultural icons from the ’60s and ’70s, including The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Woodstock, Stevie Nicks, and The Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey.

Clocking in at 16 minutes and 56 seconds, “Murder Most Foul” is officially Dylan’s longest song, beating out 1997’s “Highlands” (which is 16:31). In classic Bob Dylan fashion, a representative for the musician told Variety they would not be releasing any further information or explanation about the song, so we’ll just have to guess when he actually recorded this — does “a while back” mean years ago? Decades? Last week?

Listen and judge for yourself below.

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