Sara (Bob Dylan song)

“Sara” is a song from Bob Dylan‘s 1976 album Desire.[1] It is the closing song on the album.[2] Unlike many of the songs on the album, which were written by Dylan and Jacques Levy, “Sara” was written solely by Dylan, as an autobiographical account of his estrangement from then-wife Sara Dylan. It was recorded on July 31, 1975.[3]

1976 song by Bob Dylan

1976 song by Bob Dylan
Song by Bob Dylan
from the album Desire
Released January 5, 1976
Recorded July 31, 1975
Genre Folk Rock
Length 5:29
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Don DeVito
Desiretrack listing
9 tracks
Side one
  1. Hurricane
  2. Isis
  3. Mozambique
  4. “One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)”
  5. “Oh, Sister”
Side two
  1. Joey
  2. Romance in Durango
  3. “Black Diamond Bay”
  4. Sara

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The song is named after Dylan’s wife at the time, and the song alludes to their earlier relationship, including the couple’s children together.[4] In his book Down The Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, Howard Sounes quoted Jacques Levy’s account of the recording of the song, stating that Sara was present at the studio and listened “from the other side of the glass” as Dylan played the song.[4][5] According to Larry Sloman, Dylan turned to Sara just before beginning the song, and stated, “This one’s for you.”[6]

The song contains the line “Staying up for days in the Chelsea hotel / Writing ‘Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands‘ for you,”[7] a reference to the Hotel Chelsea, where Dylan had resided in the 1960s.[8][9] It is also the only instance of Dylan deliberately quoting one of his own song titles in the lyrics of another song.

That first take of the song, recorded on July 31, 1975 in New York City, at Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E.[3], is reportedly the one featured on the album.[5] Bob and Sara reconciled after the recording of the song but would divorce in 1977.[10][11]

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