Bob Dylan: ‘If I had to do it all over again, I’d be a schoolteacher’

Dylan said he 'probably' would have taught history or theology

Bob Dylan has revealed that if he weren’t a musician, he would be a schoolteacher.

In a new interview with AARP magazine, the folk icon spoke about his ambitions outside of music, stating: “If I had to do it all over again, I’d be a schoolteacher,” adding that he “probably” would have taught Roman history or theology.

Dylan’s new album ‘Shadows In The Night’, comprised entirely of Frank Sinatra covers, is due to be released on February 3 via Columbia Records. Songs on the ten-track album include renditions of ‘Full Moon And Empty Arms’, ‘Stay With Me’, and ‘What I’ll Do’.


In a press release, Dylan explained his interest in the project as well as his recording process, adding that he doesn’t see his renditions as “covers”.

“It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a five-piece band,” he said. “I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

‘Shadows In The Night’ will be Dylan’s 36th Studio recording and his first release 2012’s ‘Tempest’.

‘Shadows In The Night’ tracklist:

‘I’m A Fool To Want You’
‘The Night We Called It A Day’
‘Stay With Me’
‘Autumn Leaves’
‘Why Try To Change Me Now’
‘Some Enchanted Evening’
‘Full Moon And Empty Arms’
‘Where Are You’
‘What’ll I Do’
‘That Lucky Old Son’