June 6: Bob Dylan: License To Kill, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1984 (video)

Bob_Dylan_1984

Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

 

Sportpaleis Ahoy
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
6 June 1984

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Mick Taylor (guitar)
  • Ian McLagan (keyboards)
  • Greg Sutton (bass)
  • Colin Allen (drums)

Now, they take him and they teach him and they groom him for life
And they set him on a path where he’s bound to get ill
Then they bury him with stars
Sell his body like they do used cars

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there facin’ the hill
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Now, he’s hell-bent for destruction, he’s afraid and confused
And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill
All he believes are his eyes
And his eyes, they just tell him lies

But there’s a woman on my block
Sitting there in a cold chill
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Ya may be a noisemaker, spirit maker
Heartbreaker, backbreaker
Leave no stone unturned
May be an actor in a plot
That might be all that you got
’Til your error you clearly learn

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled
Oh, man is opposed to fair play
He wants it all and he wants it his way

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?

Check out:

-Egil

2 thoughts on “June 6: Bob Dylan: License To Kill, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1984 (video)”

    1. Me too, and this was one of the few redeeming moments of that concert… So full of expectations when I arrived, after the publication of the strong but flawed album Infidels with two classics left of, and the broadcast of his terrific appearance at Letterman, which I was able to see… The line up did not seem too bad either… But the hall he played has bad accoustics and the mix was awful, with the voice below everything (this video has better sound, so maybe there were more songs that deserved respect, John Brown was certainly one of them) and sometimes the band just rambled and could not follow Dylan’s strange twists for which I love him so much, and at moments you just saw him losing interest. I though he was drunk, the rumor was spread he had been sick, afterwards it was just the start of a terrible decline. At least he had been on fire in his so called Christian period, of which too many songs were just too AOR to me (although I love his apocalyptic surrealistic work during Shot of Love that was also left of the mediocre elpee, as if he just did not believe in his genius anymore). Boy, those were dreadful days, and I was still a youth back then. No expectations was surely the word in that age… It still is in a way, but the feel is better now, more inspiration here and there

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *