The fine folks over at NPR's All Songs Considered are sharing a preview of Bob Dylan's forthcoming album Tempest this week, in the form of a tune called "Duquesne Whistle." It's a train-hopping song, a parlor tune, a swinging ragtime folk song. For all its ragtimey energy, it packs a wallop in the form of some slowly swelling, richly distorted guitars - the perfect pairing for Dylan's gritty, aging growl.
"You're the only thing alive that keeps me going / you're like a timebomb in my heart," he sings, and it's not clear whether he's singing that to the train or the woman on board. Check it out now on NPR and see what you think; share your thoughts in the comments.
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