Bob Dylan Releases 2nd New Track, 'I Contain Multitudes — Surprise

Musical guest Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday

Musical guest Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday

Weeks after releasing his first original song in almost a decade, Bob Dylan on Friday posted another fresh single online.

Like that song, though, I Contain Multitudes is drifting and percussion-free, backed by acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars.

At four and a half minutes, I Contain Multitudes is less lengthy than the song he returned with, Murder Most Foul, a 17-minute long track about the JFK assassination.

"Murder Most Foul" is also the first song Dylan has penned and released since he reluctantly accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first songwriter awarded the honor. The artist is still set to kick off a North American tour in June.

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The song is again filled with many pop culture and literary references including Indiana Jones, "them British bad boys, the Rolling Stones", and Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart".

He finishes with the lyrics, "I play Beethoven's sonatas, Chopin's preludes, I contain multitudes". The languid tempo contradicts the music, a list of sometimes amusing (we often forget that Dylan is funny) and preposterous brags of the singer's power and prowess that evoke the blues: "I carry four pistols and two large knives".

Deadline reported that Dylan is involved with the project alongside Searchlight Pictures and director James Mangold, with talks with actor Timothée Chalamet about the lead role taking place.

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