Columbia RecordsThe official video for "Duquesne Whistle," the lead track from Bob Dylan's forthcoming Tempest album, premiered online Wednesday at Guardian.co.uk. The clip, which was directed by Nash Edgerton, follows the exploits of a would-be young Casanova whose attempts to woo an attractive woman he spies walking down a city street lead to a series of painful and unfortunate misadventures.
Dylan himself appears in scenes interspersed throughout the video, strolling along the same apparent urban streets accompanied by a bizarre entourage that includes a guy dressed up as Kiss' Gene Simmons.
As for the song, it's a shuffling, folk-jazz umber that bounces along to the accompaniment of double bass, piano and some over-driven guitar chords. Here's a sample of the lyrics Dylan growls: "Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing/Blowing like it's gonna blow my blues away/You old rascal, I know exactly where you're going/I'll leave you there myself at the break of day./I wake up every morning with that woman in my bed/Everybody's telling me she's gone to my head/Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing/Blowing like it's gonna kill me dead."
Bob Dylan's Tempest arrives in stores on September 11.
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