In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan discusses his upcoming album Tempest, which is the iconic artist's 35th studio record. Dylan says Tempest is an album where "anything goes and you just gotta believe it will make sense." However, he says that originally "I wanted to make something more religious. I just didn't have enough [religious songs]. Intentionally, specifically religious songs is what I wanted to do. That takes a lot more concentration to pull that off 10 times with the same thread – than it does with a record like I ended up with."
Amazingly, the title track is a nearly 14-minute depiction of the sinking of the Titanic. The Carter Family wrote a song about the tragedy, which inspired Dylan's song. "I was just fooling with that one night," he says. "I liked that melody – I liked it a lot. 'Maybe I'm gonna appropriate this melody.' But where would I go with it?" However, the song "Tempest" isn't exactly a factual rundown of the Titanic's story, especially since Dylan namechecks Leonardo DiCaprio in the song. "Yeah, Leo," Dylan told Rolling Stone. "I don't think the song would be the same without him. Or the movie."
He added, "People are going to say, 'Well, it's not very truthful.' But a songwriter doesn't care about what's truthful. What he cares about is what should've happened, what could've happened. That's its own kind of truth. It's like people who read Shakespeare plays, but they never see a Shakespeare play. I think they just use his name."