Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?

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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 featured the song on any of his studio albums, it was featured on compilations such as Biograph and Side Tracks.


Numerous takes of the song were recorded on July 30, 1965, during the sessions for the album Highway 61 Revisited with a band including Mike Bloomfield on guitar, Harvey Brooks on bass, Bobby Gregg on drums, Paul Griffin on piano, and Al Kooper playing a bell-like celesta; one was mistakenly issued on a false pressing of the single " Positively 4th Street" that autumn.[ citation needed]

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

The earliest release of the song was in October 1965 by Long Island group the Vacels, on the Kama Sutra label. [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]

Jimi Hendrix covered the song numerous times live, and it was featured on his album BBC Sessions. [11] [12]


Chart (1966) Peak
Canada Top Singles ( RPM) [13] 23
UK Singles ( OCC) [2] 17
US Billboard Hot 100 [1] 58


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  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". Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  6. ^ "Cover versions of Can You Please Crawl out Your Window? by The Vacels | SecondHandSongs". SecondHandSongs.
  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. ^ "Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! Listen to a Classic Hendrix Live Performance". 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2022-08-11.
  12. ^ Jimi Hendrix - The Jimi Hendrix Experience: BBC Sessions Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic, retrieved 2022-08-11
  13. ^ " Top RPM Singles: Issue 5656." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.