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Listen: Bob Dylan's 17-minute song about the JFK assassination

The song was released unexpectedly on Friday.

Here's another thing you can do to pass the time during the coronavirus shutdown: listen to Bob Dylan's new, nearly 17-minute song. 

The track, titled "Murder Most Foul," was released by surprise on Friday morning, with a brief note (and nothing more) on Dylan's official website:

Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years.

This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting. 

Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you.

Bob Dylan.

As Variety notes, this is the Minnesota-born artist's first release of original material in eight years, and the longest track in his entire body of work. 

But it's not clear how new the song actually is, with the magazine saying a Dylan representative would not clarify what "recorded a while back" means, instead affirming that Dylan's statement "was all the information they would be releasing about the song."

You can listen to it below:

Vanity Fair speculates the timing of the release may be intended as a statement on the COVID-19 crisis, saying that the song "helps explain 2020."

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