Tangled Up In Blue – Tempo Frequencies, broken down | Video Link | meanspeed map

The song ranked on the Rolling Stone magazine list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time #68 is Bob Dylan’s 3rd appearance on the list with TANGLED UP IN BLUE. This song features a live performance in the studio with a natural, rolling acceleration at a natural speed.


Meanspeed-Carlton Summary

measured with=Seiko timing instruments

trials calibrated=8

beats per trial=556

mean time=5 minutes, 31.84 seconds

meanspeed as average beat=0.597 seconds

corresponding pitch=433.2 hertz

emotional concept range according to the meanspeed music conjecture=clarity

emotional expression as I hear in this song=clarity and comfort after learning the ropes.  Here, specifically, as those of you who have never been married and date or marry a separated or divorced woman know: the reality that since they have already been married, they start a step up.  Dylan lets out a story of how you can feel hung out to dry and get more miserable than you ever thought.  At the end of the ordeal, though, you realize that you have been through the boot camp of love.  You get the comfort an clarity that you would have never felt without the pain.

mean slow phase=1.69 cycles per second

rhythm=4/4 common time, quarter note receives beat

most interesting (of MANY) rhyme=’divorced’ with ‘force’

“…She was married when we first met
Soon to be 
I helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But I used a little too much 


“‘Tangled Up in Blue’ is one of the most clear examples of Dylan’s attempts to write ‘multi-dimensional’ songs which defied a fixed notion of time and space.”

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“When Dylan introduced “Tangled Up in Blue” onstage in 1978, he described it as a song that took him “ten years to live and two years to write.'”

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“It appears he has reimmsersed himself in the world of carnival people, energy vampires, and karmas hustlers and they’re all out there, back on Highway 61.”

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Ian Andrew Schneider