December 4: Bob Dylan: Oakland, CA – 1988 (video)

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The tape of the benefit performance shows that Dylan’s voice had recovered significantly during his six weeks off; unfortunately, it also suggests again that the two-guitar acoustic set format was not very stimulating for Dylan as a performer in 1988. These are again lackluster, uninspired performances, interesting solely because this was only the third time in his career that Dylan is known to have performed “Pretty Boy Floyd” on stage and because, as he had at the October shows, Dylan added Lo “With God on Our Side” a verse about the Vietnam War that he didn’t write – the Neville Brothers had added it when they recorded the song on an album produced by Daniel Lanois earlier that autumn.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)

Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
4 December 1988
An all acoustic evening of music to benefit The Bridge School.

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar)
  • G.E. Smith (guitar)

  1. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
  2. Pretty Boy Floyd (Woody Guthrie)
  3. With God On Our Side
  4. Girl From The North Country
  5. Gates Of Eden
  6. Forever Young

The Vietnam verse from “God On Our Side” written by The Neville Brothers:

In the nineteen-sixties,came the Vietnam war.
Can someone tell me, what we were fighting for?
So many young men died, so many mothers cried.
No I ask the question, was God on our side?

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-Egil & Hallgeir

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