17 December 2011

If You See Her, Say Hello (12 May 2002)

If she’s passin’ back this way
And it couldn’t be too quick
Please don’t mention her name to me
You mention her name it just would make me sick

London, England


This is from the final verse of If You See Her, Say Hello, a song first released in 1975, and which is still periodically rewritten for live performances. A number of these lyric variations will be featured in future posts. In this verse, Dylan often wavers between longing to see the woman again, all the way to the above example, in which just her name prompts a negative physical reaction.

The original lyric from Blood On The Tracks shows some ambivalent optimism:

If she’s passin’ back this way
I'm not that hard to find
Tell her she can look me up
If she's got the time

14 December 2011

The Man In Me (27 Jun 2011)

Ah, what a wonderful feeling
Just to know that you really exist
It sets my poor heart a-reeling
To think I ever would feel like this

Odense, Denmark


This same verse appears twice in this performance, however, in true Dylan style, the second time around has to be just a little bit different. The first time is sung while at the keyboards and, as pictured below, the second time is sung at the front of the stage when the final line becomes, "I never thought I could feel like this."

01 December 2011

When I Paint My Masterpiece (10 Apr 2009)

Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where I paint on the walls, I paint them all up with grease
She promised she’d be right there with me
When I paint my masterpiece

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Whatever does he mean?


In the original lyric from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, 1971, Dylan hurries back to his hotel room because he has "a date with Botticelli’s niece." It is this niece who promised "she'd be right there" when Dylan paints his masterpiece.