Analysis Of All Along The Watchtower

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“All Along the Watchtower” is known as a classic rock song, but was originally crafted by Bob Dylan in 1967. Artists like Pearl Jam, U2, Dave Matthews Band and Eric Clapton have all covered this song, but notably the most famous version would be Jimi Hendrix’ rendition. A year after the song’s original release, Hendrix covered the unknown Bob Dylan song and propelled its legacy. Both songs draw different artistry and interpretations, but the concept is fundamentally the same. In the original Bob Dylan song, the general vibe was folk or even folk rock. The song form is simple verse, as the text of the song contains three verses. The tempo is generally slow, and steady throughout the entire song. Rhythm is kept throughout the song with the acoustic guitar. The beat is kept by backbeat drums, but are relatively subtle to the timbre of the song. The instrumentation of “All Along the Watchtower” includes acoustic guitar, drums and the use of the harmonica. The harmonica shines through two solos and the outro in the song (first solo 0:45-1:00, second solo 1:29-1:44, and outro 2:12-2:31). Bob Dylan’s vocals are unrestrained throughout the song, differing in pitch. He elevates to higher and lower pitches to create a mysterious message in the lyrics. Lyrically, this song is debated as one of Dylan’s most poetic titles, as no concrete conclusions have been made on what the song is actually about. The lyrical melody of the song also sells its folk repertoire to

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