Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “The Man In Me”

The man in me will do nearly any task,
And as for compensation, there’s little he would ask.
Take a woman like you
To get through to the man in me.

Storm clouds are raging all around my door,
I think to myself I might not take it any more.
Take a woman like your kind
To find the man in me.

The Man in Me has been performed:

  • 3 times acoustic w/ band – all in 2002
  • 1 time as an instrumental – 1978
  • 153 times w/band – top year 1991 (42 times)

First live performance:

  • Nippon Budokan Hall
    Tokyo, Japan
    20 February 1978

Last live performance:

  • Den Fynske Landsby
    Odense, Denmark
    27 June 2011

Live versions:

Rundown Studios
Santa Monica, California
30 January 1978
Rehearsal for the 78-tour

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (guitar)
  • David Mansfield (mandolin, guitar)
  • Steven Soles (guitar)
  • Andy Stein (sax & violin)
  • Alan Pasqua (organ)
  • Rob Stoner (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Frannie Eisenberg, Katie Sagal, unidentified female singer (background vocals)

But, oh, what a wonderful feeling
Just to know that you are near
Sets my heart a-reeling
From my toes up to my ears

The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen
But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine
Took a woman like you
To get through to the man in me


Pavillon de Paris
Paris, France
6 July 1978

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (lead guitar)
  • Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
  • Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
  • David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
  • Steve Douglas (horns)
  • Jerry Scheff (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)




The Point Depot
Dublin, Ireland
5 February 1991

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • César Diaz (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)

Pauley Pavilion
UCLA
Los Angeles, California
21 May 1998

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Den Fynske Landsby
Odense, Denmark
27 June 2011

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & keyboard)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)




-Egil

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