Nobody nails metaphors like Dylan. True, Clapton's version of this song ended up as the more popular (or at least: widely-regarded) version, but the stately organ and harmonies in Bob's original rendition call to mind a funeral dirge or a hymn sung at a funeral (and has indeed been used for many a funeral). A perfectly-balanced blend of despair with the violence of the world, and the desire for respite of heaven, the longing for peace and rest in this song ring with an air of desire that's unimpeachable for sheer emotional impact alone.