This song has been hijacked so many times, not least by the UK’s loony left, protesting against Margaret Thatcher. Wikipedia will tell you it’s a protest against protest folk songs.
Take the song at face value: as a protest against wage-slavery and a call for the freedom of sovereign professionalism.
Here’s the infamous Newport Folk Festival:
And the original album, 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home:
(This post originally appeared on the Burning Pine site)