"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" is a song by Bob Dylan. It first appeared as the penultimate track on the second side of his album, Bringing It All Back Home, released on 22 March, 1965 by Columbia Records, although Dylan performed it at least as early as 1964.
A famous cover of the song, performed by Roger McGuinn, appeared in the soundtrack of Easy Rider.
McGuinn's group The Byrds, also occasionally performed the song live. A version of which is featured on the bonus disc of the 2000 remaster of the (Untitled) album, called (Untitled)/(Unissued). This version also appears as a bonus track on the 2002 remastered version of the compilation The Byrds Play Dylan.
At fifteen verses long, it is one of Dylan's most verbose songs. Clinton Heylin wrote that it "opened up a whole new genre of finger-pointing song, not just for Dylan but for the entire panoply of pop," and one critic said it is to capitalism what Darkness at Noon is to communism.
Several of the lines have been noted for their historical impact: "Money doesn't talk, it swears," is printed in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, while "He not busy being born is busy dying," is popular with politicians, having been used by Jimmy Carter in his Presidential nomination acceptance speech at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, and, while campaigning for President in 2000, Al Gore told talk show host Oprah Winfrey that it was his favourite quote.
The song was featured in the final episode of The Sopranos. In the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story the song "Farmer Glickstein" is a parody of the song.