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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1 comment:

  1. Its kind of pornographic, that song, especially, "Mountains in the palm of my hand, and rivers that ran thru everyday". Am i the only one who sees that, .

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