I first heard Dylan in 1961. From the beginning he was different, unforgettable. All these years later, that incredible literary content to his music has been recognized with the Nobel Prize for Literature. Many howled about how could a “mere musician” be honored for one of the greatest prizes for the written word? Obviously they weren’t listening to the lyrics.
In his acceptance speech, Dylan talks about all of his influences, and makes it obvious that the greatness of his songs comes from the depth of his knowledge and love for the written word and how he brought that love to fruition by adding music.