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
ListenForYourself


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
ListenForYourself


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
ListenForYourself


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
ListenForYourself


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
ListenForYourself


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
ListenForYourself

For the 6 June 1984 show, Dylan skips this verse entirely. For the remainder of the 1984 performances... you'll just have to wait!

2 comments:

  1. Goes to show how lost he was in those days, what drivel came out of his mouth too drunk to even repeat what had been his poetic invention. I was there in Rotterdam and tears rolled down my cheeck while I saw him stumble across the stage, unable to recognize the melodies the band conjured up in search for which song he was singing or rather mumbling. It had nothing to do with the experiments, sometimes failed, he would come up with when he started his Never Ending Tour, he was just lost, his leap into Faith had made him fall. Luckily he would rise up again!

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  2. Consider the possibility u were lost. I was at the Munich concert. The changes for the German concerts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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