„Hunter is an old buddy, we could probably write a hundred songs together if we thought it was important or the right reasons were there...He's got a way with words and I do too. We both write a different type of song than what passes today for songwriting.”
Een aantal van de songteksten is door Dylan overgenomen van andere liedjes. Zo is de zin "If you ever go to Houston, you better walk right" afkomstig van het door Leadbelly bekend geworden nummer "Midnight Special". Dylan speelde mondharmonica op de vertolking van Harry Belafonte van dit nummer in 1962.