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"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
Single by Bob Dylan
B-side" Highway 61 Revisited"
ReleasedDecember 21, 1965 (1965-12-21)
RecordedNovember 30, 1965
Genre Folk rock
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)Bob Dylan
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
Bob Dylan singles chronology
" Positively 4th Street"
"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"
" One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"

"Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" is a folk rock song written by American musician Bob Dylan. In 1965, Columbia Records released it as a single, which reached number 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, [1] and number 17 on the UK chart in January 1966. [2] While Dylan never included the song on any of his studio albums, it appears on compilations, such as Biograph and Side Tracks.


The official single version, with the Hawks, is generally considered to have been recorded on November 30, 1965, although at least one Dylan scholar contends that the recording date was October 5. [3] Dylan is accompanied on the song by the musical group then known as the Hawks, who would back the singer on his 1966 world tour and subsequently go on to fame in their own right as the Band: guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, drummer Levon Helm, pianist Richard Manuel, and organist Garth Hudson. [4]

The entire July 1965 and October/November 1965 recording sessions were released on the 18-disc Collector's Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 in 2015, while highlights from the outtakes appeared on the 2-disc and 6-disc versions of that album. [5]

Releases and reception

Prior to the release by Dylan, the Vacels, a group from Long Island, New York, recorded a version that was released as a single in October 1965, by Kama Sutra Records. [6]

Dylan's version was released on December 21, 1965 and was originally available as a single only, with it eventually being included (in its original mono form) on Dylan's compilations Masterpieces (1978) and Biograph (1985), and on the Band's box set A Musical History (2005). An extended stereo mix of the original single version appeared on the limited Collector's Edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 (2015).

Billboard described the song as "more strong folk-rock Dylan material which will have no trouble finding its way up the singles chart" and also praised the "strong material and performance." [7] Cash Box described it as a "medium-paced funky, blues-drenched folk-rocker which effectively builds to an exciting pulsating crescendo." [8] Cash Box described the version by the Vacels as a "hard-driving, bluesy message-song which utilizes some vastly different but interesting melodic constructions." [9]

Dylan played the song to Phil Ochs as the two were riding in a limousine. When Ochs expressed a lukewarm feeling about the piece, Dylan ejected him from his limousine, yelling "You're not a folk singer. You're a journalist." [10]

1966 charts
Chart (1966) Peak
Canada Top Singles ( RPM) [11] 23
UK Singles ( OCC) [2] 17
US Billboard Hot 100 [1] 58

Jimi Hendrix version

Prior to joining the Experience, Jimi Hendrix became interested in the song. Jimmy Mayes, who played drums with Joey Dee and the Starliters (who Hendrix also played with for a short time), recalled Hendrix practiced "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" incessantly: "I think Jimi was trying to get his vocals together, but he used to get on my nerves with these different songs. After a while, I told him I don't want to hear no more of this Bob Dylan music." [12] Later with the Experience, Hendrix performed the song live several times. [13] A recording by the BBC is included on his album BBC Sessions. [14] In an album review, critic Cub Koda calls it an "oddball cover". [14]


  1. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. January 29, 1966. p. 20.
  2. ^ a b "Bob Dylan: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  3. ^ Heylin, Clinton, Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973. Chicago; Chicago Review Press, 2009, pp. 252, 254
  4. ^ The Band: A Musical History (CD). The Band. Capitol Records. 2005. 72435-77409-0-6 CCAP77409-6.{{ cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) ( link)
  5. ^ Greene, Andy (September 24, 2015). "Inside Bob Dylan's Massive New Sixties Bootleg Series Trove". Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Spotlight Singles: Vacels – "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"". Billboard. Vol. 77. October 2, 1965. p. 16. ISSN  0006-2510.
  7. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). Billboard. December 18, 1965. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  8. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. December 18, 1965. p. 10. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  9. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. October 2, 1965. p. 12. Retrieved 2022-01-12.
  10. ^ Schumacher, Michael, There But for Fortune: The Life of Phil Ochs. New York; Hyperion, 1996, p. 106
  11. ^ " Top RPM Singles: Issue 5656." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  12. ^ Roby, Steven; Schreiber, Brad (2010). Becoming Jimi Hendrix. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Da Capo Press. p. 153. ISBN  978-0-306-81910-0.
  13. ^ McDermott, John; Kramer, Eddie; Cox, Billy (2009). Ultimate Hendrix. New York City: Backbeat Books. pp. 68, 70, 90.92. 93, 103. ISBN  978-0-87930-938-1.
  14. ^ a b "The Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions – Reviews". Retrieved November 14, 2022.