What Picasso did for painting, “Tangled Up in Blue” does for songwriting. It changes from first to third person narration, twists from the present to a memory to the future, throwing in references and metaphor all while never deviating from the thrills of a good yarn.
The video notes how, when Dylan was writing the song he was studying under painter and philosopher Norman Raeben (in fact, Raeben’s influence supposedly had such a profound effect on Dylan’s outlook, that his wife Sara felt she no longer understood him, and it partly led to their marriage breakup).
Quoting the liner notes from Biograph the videos notes that Dylan wrote about the composition of “Tangled Up in Blue”, “I was just trying to make it like a painting where you can see the different parts but then you can also see the whole of it.”
And you could say he succeeded.