6 classic rock songs you didn’t know were about black women

Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde: 1966-127-001-018 Manhattan, New York, USA 1966

“I Want You” by Bob Dylan

Dylan’s affinity for black women manifests itself a few times over his lengthy career: he had a severe crush on Mavis Staples in the 1960s, and secretly married Carolyn Dennis in the 1980s. He mentioned his fondness for Alicia Keys in “Thunder On the Mountain,” but the iconic singer-songwriter sang of his love for black women as far back as 1966–when he tossed in a slightly offensive, tongue-in-cheek reference to his preference.


Notable lyric: “Well, I return to the Queen of Spades/And talk with my chambermaid/She knows that I’m not afraid to look at her/She is good to me/And there’s nothing she doesn’t see…”

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