I have almost always seen the song "Paths of Victory" credited to Bob Dylan as writer, except in one instance. On Anne Murray's debut album What About Me (originally released only in Canada but later re-released in the US on Pickwick), the song is credited to Anne's producer Brian Ahern. It makes me wonder if the song is actually a traditional spiritual in the public domain. Dylan certainly used a lot of traditional material in his original songs in his early days, such as setting the lyrics of "Masters of War" to the tune of the traditional ballad "Nottamun Town." Was "Paths of Victory" already out there? Did Dylan change some of the words and claim authorship? (That was very common practice during the folk boom. The Kingston Trio were notorious for it.)? Did Brian Ahern credit himself for his arrangement of the song? Was it actually a Dylan original mistakenly credited to Ahern on the Anne Murray album? It does have the sound and form of a traditional spiritual. Does anybody know?