Album: Blonde On Blonde
Producer: Bob JohnstonThere have been lots of recording sessions that would have been cool to sit in on, but none sound much more fun than Dylan and his band recording “Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35” at Columbia Records Studios in Nashville. Passing around joints in the studio, Dylan convinced everybody to switch instruments and swing the best they could.
No wonder the song—a goofy blues about the plights of fame and the joys of weed, which opens Dylan's 1966 masterpiece Blonde on Blonde—sounded like a bunch of New Orleans wild boys stumbling home from a funeral while playing their trombone, tuba, piano, bass, drums and tambourine.
Each line of the song opens with different scenarios when "They'll stone you" then builds to the slurred punchline “But I would not feel so all alone—everybody must get stoned." Although the song reached No. 2 on the pop charts, it was banned from the both American radio and the BBC. As Time magazine informed their square readers, “a rainy day woman…is a marijuana cigarette.” Really? Ya don't say!