Turns out, those couple of recent song premieres from Bob Dylan were leading up to something, and on June 19, the iconic songwriter/lyricist will release a new album titled Rough and Rowdy Ways.
— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 8, 2020
The record was officially announced on Friday, and came with the premiere of another new song, “False Prophet,” which features this verse among its provocative lyrics:
Well I’m the enemy of treason
Enemy of strife
Enemy of the unlived meaningless life
I ain’t no false prophet
I just know what i know
I go where only the lonely can go
The track follows recent premieres of “I Contain Multitudes,” which came out in mid-April:
Following the earlier premiere of Dylan’s 17-minute song about the JFK Assassination, “Murder Most Foul”:
“Murder Most Foul,” by the way, became the very first Bob Dylan song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts — somehow a feat he had not accomplished in his legendary career.
Pre-orders for the new album are up on the official Bob Dylan webstore. When released, the album will be the first new studio album of original material from Dylan since 2012’s Tempest and his first since receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016.
Dylan’s site notes that Rough and Rowdy Ways will feature 10 songs, including the three previously mentioned above — “False Prophet,” “I Contain Multitudes” and “Murder Most Foul,” as well as seven additional compositions.