Bob Dylan has released his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute long song about the JFK assassination.
In Murder Most Foul, Dylan says is a gift to fans for their support and loyalty over the years.
A ballad set to piano, strings and light drums, ‘Murder Most Foul’ retells the 1963 killing in stark terms, imagining Kennedy:
“being led to the slaughter like a sacrificial lamb…
they blew off his head while he was still in the car
shot down like a dog in broad daylight”
Bob Dylan became the first songwriter to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature, in 2016.
Since then, ‘Murder Most Foul’ is the first original song he has released.
Dylan’s recent albums have featured cover versions of American pop standards.
The most recent was triple album Triplicate in 2017. His last album of original songs was Tempest in 2012.
On Twitter on Thursday night, the 78-year-old singer-songwriter shared a link to the track.
Dylan made subtle reference to the coronavirus crisis as he launched the song.
Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years.— bobdylan.com (@bobdylan) March 27, 2020
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.