25 October 2011

Gotta Serve Somebody (8 Nov 1990)

Maybe you’re highbrow or maybe you’re low
May be on earth, got nowhere to go
May be walking on the sidewalk
May be walking down on the street
But maybe you’re hot in the staggering heat
You’ve gotta serve somebody
Yeah, you've gotta serve somebody
It might be the devil, it might be the Lord
But you gotta serve somebody

Iowa City, IA

For a long time after this song was released on 1979's Slow Train Coming album, live versions used lyrics which were very faithful to that recording. However, it later became a vehicle for improvised-on-the-spot lyric changes that that bore absolutely no relation to the original. In these versions, the performance would begin with a couple of standard verses and then the fun would start. This is one of many examples.


11 October 2011

With God On Our Side (4 Nov 1975, early)

I’ve learned to hate Russia, and China, and Korea, and Vietnam, and Bulgaria, and Poland, South America, and Cuba
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

Providence, RI


In the original lyric from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964, Dylan was kind enough to focus on just a single country: Russia!