Dylan's Christianity

Speaking of artists and religion, Bob Dylan entered a Christian phase during his epic musical career.

Like his decision to go 'electric' (which apparently spawned the the song Postively 4th Street), much has been made of his move to Christianity (he was born Jewish) with albums like Slow Train Coming.

'I shall be released,' was written in 1967. Interestingly, it was inspired, in part, by Johnny Cash's landmark 'Folsom Prison Blues.' Cash also put out Christian albums.

I don't think this song was written with personal salvation with a religious context in mind (it was written well before his entrance into Christianity in the late 1970s but one year after his mysterious motorcycle accident) but its religious overtones are clear.

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