"I Want You" is not one of the more discussed songs off Blonde on Blonde by critics. But it was one of his most successful 1960s recordings, reaching the Top 20 in 1966 as a single. Dylan was not the greatest writer of melodies even at his peak, and one of the reasons "I Want You" was selected as a single, no doubt, was that it had far stronger hooks than most of his compositions. The principal one was the dancing organ, bouncy and circus-like in tone, heard in the opening instrumental section. That organ keeps interjecting, though subtly, during the verses, which boast one of Dylan's most wistful tunes, though the arrangement is upbeat and rocking. "I Want You" is, like many of his mid-'60s numbers, a love song, but a most enigmatic and surrealistically phrased one. The scenario Dylan seems to be describing is one in which the whole world is conspiring to keep him from declaring and solidifying his love. It's not the whole world in a paranoid pop Gene Pitney-Roy Orbison sense, but the whole world as represented by some downright weird characters (for a pop song, certainly): a lonesome organ grinder, a drunken politician, a guilty undertaker, a child in a Chinese suit. But Dylan's uncowed, exulting joyfully in the chorus that he wants her anyway. There's a brief bridge in which the melody briefly gets darker before resolving with more optimistic, sunny progressions; it's a good section, and it's a little surprising that it's only used once in the song. Dylan's sing-speak voice sounds worn but playful on "I Want You," and there's more than a touch of surrealistic humor, especially in the line where he takes a flute from the child in a Chinese suit and admonishes himself: "No I wasn't very cute to him, was I?" Some energetic harmonica work helps drive a song which certainly rates among Dylan's peppiest. Considering that it was a pretty big hit, there haven't been that many cover versions of "I Want You." Two of the more famous acts to tackle the tune were the Hollies, who put it on their late '60s album of Dylan covers, and Bruce Springsteen, who did it live (but did not release it) in the mid-'70s.