That Time Bob Dylan Watched The Replacements Parody “Like A Rolling Stone” In The Studio

Producer Scott Litt was profiled last year by Nick Paumgarten on the occasion of Bob Dylan’s record, which he engineered. In the piece, Litt shares a cool and funny moment in a day in the life of Bob:

He (Litt) was producing an album by the Replacements, and Dylan, who was recording nearby, dropped in to check them out – at the very moment, as it happens, that Paul Westerberg, the Replacements’ leader, was launching into a Dylan parody of theirs called “Like a Rolling Pin.” Westerberg, his back turned to the control room, failed to notice Dylan standing there, and Litt, to Westerberg’s later chagrin, didn’t stop him. When the song was over, Dylan, who was wearing a hoodie, said, “You guys rehearse much?,” and then walked out.

Via The New Yorker

Hey, Bob, c’mon in here and play the guitar
Like a rolling pin

Once upon a time, you dressed so fine
Threw the ‘Mats a dime in your prime
Didn’t you?
People call, you say beware doll
You’re bound to fall, but we been fallin’ through

You used to laugh a lot
At everybody that was hanging…out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
‘Bout having to be scrounging, well, your next meal

How does it feel? How does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling pin!

People call and say beware doll
But y’know you only get juiced in it
Nobody taught you how to live on sixty dollars for three days
But you’re gonna get used to it

You used to laugh a lot
I used to laugh a lot
He’s not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel? How does it feel?
To be on our own, with no direction home
Like a rolling stone