While 1960s songs like “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Desolation Row” and “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” are considered among Bob Dylan’s best poetic epics, an obscure and often overlooked song (save for the most hardcore Dylan fans) is the 1986 Knocked Out Loaded track “Brownsville Girl.” Dylan himself mentioned the song in a recent interview posted to his website, saying that he felt it was a song that didn't get the attention it deserved. Dylan co-wrote the 11-minute epic with Pulitzer-winning poet, playwright and actor Sam Shepard, who recently passed away. You can check out "Brownsville Girl" above.
In a recent Pitchfork article that analyzes the song and its authors, Sam Sodomsky cites the three main pillars of the tune as craft, humor and epiphany. He also speaks of Shepard’s obsession with discovering the real Dylan behind the chameleon-like changing of personas throughout the latter artist's career. The article also offers insight as to who Sam Shepard was, who might be less well known than Dylan. It is an interesting article to be sure. You can check it out in its entirety here.