BOB DYLAN HURRICANE
With just handful of openposition chords and a strong storyline, Dylan penned this powerful and enduring tune
One of Dylan’s best-known protest songs, Hurricane follows a long narrative with no recurring chorus lyrics – in fact, the lyrics change in every ‘chorus’, allowing the song’s story to unfold. As the guitarist it’s your job to support the lyrics with careful control of your dynamics, playing loudly or softly as appropriate. The song begins with Dylan strumming four bars of alternating Am and F chords before the band join in. The eight-bar verses continue the Am and F chord progression from the intro with loose eighth-note strumming patterns. After each chorus comes a four-bar violin solo, then the verse/chorus/solo form repeats all the way to the end of the song. Dylan’s playing is quite loose and fluid, varying the strummed rhythms here and there. Make sure you follow the dynamics of the tune, though, holding back in the verses to support the vocal lines and then opening up in the choruses and violin solos.