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

Tangled Up In Blue (26 August 2012)

He turned around to look at her
She was walkin’ away
Sayin' over her shoulder
So many things that I wish I could say to you
But I'm tangled up in blue

26 August 2012, Cincinnati, OH

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In 1984's radically rewritten version of this song, Dylan sang about the "radio blastin' the news," "masters of illusion," and other significant variations from the original. It took until August of 2012, 28 years later, for these lyrics to be revisited in full in concert. (In truth they resurfaced fleetingly on November 12, 2010 to fill in a lyrical memory lapse, which also yielded a humorous ad lib.) In addition to these lines, later in the song he added yet more creativity such as the lyric shown above, as well as the following gem.

He had a job and a pretty face
And everything seemed to fit
When he helped her out way down at the race
He just put it all down and just split
And he drifted down, down to New Orleans
Where they treated him just surely like a tramp
He nearly drowned, running up to Baton Rouge
When the weather was cold and damp
All the while he was alone
You know the past was close behind
He seemed [alone/below] deceiving
That world was so defined, except for you
We were tangled up in blue

26 August 2012, Cincinnati, OH

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