04 May 2014

Love Sick (3 April 2014)

Did I hear someone tell a lie?
Did I hear someone’s distant cry?
You were young and you were wild, you looked at me and smiled
I felt like my whole life I've been sleepin'

3 April 2014, Tokyo, Japan

ListenForYourself

The original version from the Time out of Mind album:

Did I hear someone tell a lie?
Did I hear someone’s distant cry?
I spoke like a child; you destroyed me with a smile
While I was sleeping

19 April 2014

Workingman's Blues #2 (17 April 2014)

In Nagoya, Japan, Dylan shares a radically re-written Workingman's Blues #2. Lyrics to this song have developed over the years but nowhere near to this extent.
Well, I'm sailin' on back, gettin' ready for the long haul
I'm leaving everythin' behind
If I stay here I could lose it all, the bandits'll rob me blind

I'm tryin' to feed my soul with thought
I'm gonna sleep off the rest of the day
Sometime nobody want what you got
Sometime you can't give it away

I woke up this morning
And I sprung to my feet
And I went into town on a whim
I saw my father in the street
At least I think it was him
In the dark I hear a song bird call
You know the hills are rugged and steep
But I'll sleep in the kitchen with my feet in the hall
If I told you my whole story you'd weep

...

Well, they burned my barn, they stole my horse
I can't save a dime
It's a long way down, I don't want to be forced
Into a life of continual crime
I can see for myself that the sun is sinkin'
Over the deep blue sea
Tell me now, am I wrong in thinkin'
That you have forgotten me?

Now, they worry and they hurry, they fuss and they fret
They waste your nights and days
Them I will forget
But you I'll remember always
It's a cold black night, and it's midsummer's eve
And the stars are spinnin' around
I'm still finding it so hard to believe
Someone would kick me when I'm down

...

I'll be back home in a month or two
When the frost is on the vine
I’m gonna punch my spear right straight through
Half-ways down his spine
Then I’ll lift my arms to the star-lit skies
And I’ll pray the fugitive prayer
I’m guessin' tomorrow the sun will rise
I hope the final end's been spared

Now the battle is over, up in the hills
And the mist is settlin' in
Look at me with all my spoils
What did I ever win?

I got a brand new suit and a brand new wife
I can live on rice and beans
Some people never work a day in their life
They don't know what work even means

17 April 2014, Nagoya, Japan

ListenForYourself

24 November 2013

Make You Feel My Love (6 November 2013)

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world got you out of place
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love
...
The storms are raging on the rollin’ sea
And on the highway of regret
Put your hand in mine and come with me
I'll see that you'll never get wet

6 November 2013, Rome, Italy

ListenForYourself

07 November 2013

Masters Of War (1984) - Part One (28 May to 6 June)


The 1984 tour brought us 27 performances of Masters of War, and with each performance we get a little something new as Dylan asks, "How much do I know?" The original verse from the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album goes something like this:
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
On the 1984 tour, Dylan revisits this question almost every night, searching for inspiration. While he does not always find it, the journey itself is, we believe, an interesting one. It is not always clear exactly what is being sung (it is likely Dylan may agree with this in some cases) and so we present here our best transcript attempts.

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
A world war can be won
But nobody’s learned
How much do I know
For as much as you do
Well, I’ll tell myself
All the things that you do
28 May 1984, Verona, Italy
ListenForYourself


How much do I know
To talk out of turn
Well, they’ll knock on your door
When do you ever learn
Well, they’ll reap that or something
Darling what should I do
Don’t even care ‘bout yourself
Or the things that you do
29 May 1984, Verona, Italy
ListenForYourself


I've got a reason to know
Oh but the rest I can take
I’m a sure sign of the place
That’s what you want me to say
But there’s one thing I know
Though the first time I’m you
Forget what you know
Instead (do not) forget what you do
31 May 1984, Hamburg, Germany
ListenForYourself


How much do I know
To talk out of turn
A world war can be won
Don’t worry, you can learn
But there’s one thing I know
Well, I did find it true
I’d rather sing by myself, whatever
Or give up what you do
2 Jun 1984, Basel, Switzerland
ListenForYourself


How much do I know
Not to talk out of turn
Well, back when I know
Let out a burn, burn, burn
Well there’s one thing I know
Though, I push this on you
I’d just say myself whatever
About the things that you do
3 Jun 1984, München (Munich), Germany
ListenForYourself


How much do I know
To talk out of turn
Well find more than you
Nor the lesson I learned
Well there’s one thing I know
Though I may look more than you
(For the radio) itself
Will not forget what you do
4 Jun 1984, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ListenForYourself

For the 6 June 1984 show, Dylan skips this verse entirely. For the remainder of the 1984 performances... you'll just have to wait!

31 October 2013

Tangled Up In Blue (27 July 2013)

Tonight the Tangled Up In Blue characters have evolved into truckers, not just truck drivers' wives. How much you like the rest of the lyric changes...depends on your point of view.

...Splittin' up on a dark sad night
Somewhere in the wilderness
He turned around to look at her
As she was walkin’ away
Sayin' over my shoulder
“We’re gonna meet again someday, truckin' down the avenue”
Tangled up in blue

Well, she lit a burner on the stove
And then she swept away the dust
“I thought you looked like someone that I used to know,
You look like someone that I can trust"
Then she opened up a book of poems
And then she said, "Just so you'll know
Memorize these lines, and remember these rhymes
When you're out there walkin' to and fro"
And every one of them words rang true
Glowed like burnin’ coal
Pouring off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you
Tangled up in blue

ListenForYourself

Now I’m goin’ back again
I've got to get to them somehow
Yesterday it is gone
And tomorrow might as well be now
Some are up on the mountain
And some of them they're down on the ground
Some of their names - written in flames
And some of them they just left town
Me, I’m still on the road
And I'm tryin' to stay out of the joint
Well, we always felt the same
Depending on your point of view
Tangled up in blue

ListenForYourself

27 July 2013, Wantagh, NY

Tangled Up In Blue (10 July 2013)

Whether you think the singer and his lover split up on a "dark sad night night" or "on the docks that night," you'll appreciate the significant lyrical flourishes Dylan brings to his 2013 "Tangled Up In Blue."

On this particular night, the split took place "somewhere in the wilderness." That's Bob Dylan for you, still reinventing this song, a mere 38 years after its original creation.

Well, she lit a burner on the stove
And brushed away the dust
Well, she looked at me, and she said to me
“You look like somebody I can trust.”
Then she opened up a book of poems
And she said, "Just so you'll know,
Memorize every one of these lines
And you can use it when you're walkin' to and fro
And every one of them words rang true
Glowed like burnin’ coal
And pourin’ off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you
Tangled up in blue

Now I’m goin’ back again
I've got to get to them somehow
All the people that we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now
Well, some went up the mountain
And some of 'em went down to the ground
Some of the names are written in flames
And some of them they just left town
But me, I’m still on the road
And I'm tryin' to stay out of the joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point, point of view
Tangled up in blue

10 July 2013, St. Paul, MN

ListenForYourself


16 October 2013

Blind Willie McTell (23 July 2013)

New lyrics for Blind Willie McTell are a rare thing, pretty much limited to the "I'll tell you one thing" hook that was borrowed from the cover performed by The Band. That line is still used to this day but here's a new one, in place of the "chain gang on the highway..." lines:

There’s a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He’s dressed up like a squire
Bootleg whiskey in his hand
Well, some of them were killed in battle
Well, some of them survived as well
I can tell you one thing
That nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

23 July 2013, Columbia, MD
ListenForYourself

22 July 2013

Simple Twist of Fate (10 July 2013)

He woke up and she was gone
He didn’t see nothing but the dawn
He got out of bed and put his shoes back on, and he pushed back the blinds
He found a note she’d left behind – what’d it say? It said, “You should have met me back in ’58.
We could have avoided this little simple twist of fate.”

10 July 2013, St. Paul, MN
ListenForYourself

The original version from the Blood on the Tracks album:
He woke up, the room was bare
He didn't see her anywhere.
He told himself he didn't care, pushed the window open wide,
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate.

21 July 2013

Pay In Blood (5 May 2013)

The opening leg of the 2013 tour brought a greater number of Tempest album songs, and with them some new lyrics.

Well, another politician pumping out his piss
Another ragged beggar blowing you a kiss
Life is short but your time ain't long
But they'll hang you tomorrow then they'll sing you a song
Someone must have slipped a drug in your wine
You gulped it down and you lost your mind
Got hit so hard, must be made of stone
I pay in blood, but not my own.

5 May 2013, St. Augustine, Florida
ListenForYourself

The original album lyrics are somewhat different:

Another politician pumping out the piss
Another angry beggar blowing you a kiss
You've got the same eyes that your mother does
If only you could prove who your father was
Someone must have slipped a drug in your wine
You gulped it down and you crossed the line
Man can’t live by bread alone
I pay in blood, but not my own.
In the next verse, the last line changes from a rather emphatic "You bastard! I’m supposed to respect you?" to:
How I made it back home, nobody knows
Or how I've survived so many blows
I’ve been through Hell, what good did it do?
My conscience is clear, what about you?

5 May 2013, St. Augustine, Florida
ListenForYourself

Follow us on Twitter @dylyricus

15 June 2013

Tangled Up In Blue (29 August 2012)

The summer of 2012 continued to shine on Tangled Up In Blue. Here we have yet more lyric changes:

He had a job and a pretty face
And everything seemed to fit
Then one day, he could just a-feel the waste
He put everything down and he quit
Then he drifted down to New Orleans
Working nights, working every day
Nearly drowned down in Baton Rouge
On a cold, on a cold December day
All the while that he was alone
You know the past was close behind
He's seen a lot of women
But none of them were--them were ever too refined, except for you
But you were tangled up in blue

29 August 2012, Johnstown, PA
ListenForYourself