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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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08 September 2012

I Threw It All Away (November 2000)

Even before you hear these new lyrics it's the music that hits you. The band is playing a minor reworking of Every Grain of Sand while Dylan is singing I Threw It All Away! There were only two performances of this song in 2000, on consecutive nights:

Once I was waiting, fortunately in love
And rivers, rivers that ran, rivers that ran through ev’ry day
But I must have been insane
Had no reason to complain
'Cause I, 'cause I threw it all away
I don't know why!
But I, but I threw it all away

1 November 2000, Bloomington, IN

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On the next night, this verse gets a very different treatment:

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through ev’ry day
But I must have been crazy
Or else I must have got lazy
Ah Lord, I threw it all away
I must have had some reason!
Yes, I threw it all away

2 November 2000, West Lafayette, IN

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Towards the end Dylan pleads, "Please don't throw it all away!" These could well be the most radical lyric changes to the song since 1978's "Must have been deceived" line.

The original version from the 1969 Nashville Skyline album:

Once I had mountains in the palm of my hand
And rivers that ran through ev’ry day
I must have been mad
I never knew what I had
Until I threw it all away

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03 September 2012

Tangled Up In Blue (2 September 2012)

If after reading the last posting of Tangled Up In Blue lyrical creativity from August 26th, you would be forgiven for expecting all surrounding shows to have the same words. Also, you would be wrong :-)

He had a job and a pretty face
Everything seemed to fit
One day, he just - everything felt out of place
He put everything down and he just quit
He drifted down to New Orleans
[Where he'd been destroyed] every day
Well, he nearly drowned in Baton Rouge
Everything [went/running] away
All the while he was alone
You know the past was close behind
He's seen a lot of women
And none of them were too refined, except for you
You were tangled up in blue

2 September 2012, Bethel, NY

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The original version from the 1975 Blood On The Tracks album:

I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I happened to be employed
Workin’ for a while on a fishin’ boat
Right outside of Delacroix
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind, and I just grew
Tangled up in blue