Sweetheart Like You is a song to a woman, it sounds like a love song, but also a warning not to stray away from home/God.
It was released on the album Infidels that was released October 27, 1983.
Oliver Trager’s book, Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, mentions that some have criticized this song as sexist. Indeed, music critic Tim Riley makes that accusation in his book, Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary, singling out lyrics like “…a woman like you should be at home/That’s where you belong/Taking care of somebody nice/Who don’t know how to do you wrong.” However, Trager also cites other interpretations that dispute this claim.
Some have argued that “Sweetheart Like You” is being sung to the Christian church (“what’s a sweetheart like you doing in a dump like this?”), claiming that Dylan is mourning the church’s deviation from scriptural truth. I think this is stretching the analysis a bit too far, but everyone is entitled to his/her opinions.
I love the melody, I love the song.
Let us start with the 4 good ones:
Very fine version from World party/Carl Wallinger – Sweetheart Like You (Audio):
Rod Stewart – Sweetheart Like You (audio):
Jimmy Lafave – Sweetheart Like You (live, 2013):
Guy Davis – Sweetheart Like You (live, 2011):
And last but not least, the great original by Bob Dylan, the official video.
Bob Dylan – Sweetheart Like You: