"Talkin' New York" by Bob Dylan (VIDEO)
Listen to a live performance of "Talkin' New York" by Bob Dylan, No. 33 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
33. Bob Dylan, "Talkin' New York" (1962)
If the bumpkinism the former Robert Zimmerman affects on this early-career classic was a pose, it was a thoroughly convincing one; few songs have better conveyed the shock of NYC modernity. After chronicling a "rockin, reelin', rollin'" subway ride, the wide-eyed hayseed from Hibbing, Minnesota, arrives at the clincher: a phonetic name check of the 'hood that would make him famous, "Green-which Village."