¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Tonight I’ll be Staying Here with You is an effective song, arguably the best of the lot not written before the sessions began. Dylan wrote it at a Ramada Inn during a two-day break in the album’s recording sessions. It was released as the third single from the album.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The train is usually a symbol that represents the yearning to escape chains, to gain the freedom of the open road, although often with the acknowledgment of some undesirable side effects, such as loneliness. A few examples are Jimmy Rodger’s Waiting for a Train and Hank William’s (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You reverses this. The pain is eliminated by rejecting the lure of the “train” and simply staying put and enjoying the satisfactions of home and marriage. A bit simplistic philosophy perhaps – one that appears on many Dylan songs from this era – but probably true, if you ask me. Quite a difference from many earlier songs, like Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, for example.