Bob Dylan & Patti Smith: 6 Great live versions of Dark Eyes (video & audio)

BD & PS

Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside
They’re drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide
I live in another world where life and death are memorized
Where the earth is strung with lovers’ pearls and all I see are dark eyes

A cock is crowing far away and another soldier’s deep in prayer
Some mother’s child has gone astray, she can’t find him anywhere
But I can hear another drum beating for the dead that rise
Whom nature’s beast fears as they come and all I see are dark eyes

Today “Empire Burlesque” was released in 1985 – 29 years ago. My fav song from the album is “Dark Eyes”.

Dark Eyes got it’s live debut in Sydney, Australia – 25 February 1986, but it failed & and is not performed again until Boston; Massachusetts, 10 December 1995 and then as a duet with Patti Smith. It was performed 7 times in December 1995, each time as a duet with Patti Smith.

Here are 6 of the 7 performances in December 1995:


The Orpheum Theatre
Boston, Massachusetts
10 December 1995

1995-12-10-Boston-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
11 December 1995


Stabler Arena
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
13 December 1995

1995-12-13 Bethlehem-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
14 December 1995


Electric Factory
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 December 1995

1995-12-15-Philadelphia-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark


Electric Factory
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17 December 1995

1995-12-17-Philadelphia-Dark Eyes by Bob Dylan & Patti Smith on Grooveshark

They tell me to be discreet for all intended purposes,
They tell me revenge is sweet and from where they stand, I’m sure it is.
But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized,
All I feel is heat and flame and all I see are dark eyes.

Oh, the French girl, she’s in paradise and a drunken man is at the wheel
Hunger pays a heavy price to the falling gods of speed and steel
Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies
A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes

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3 thoughts on “Bob Dylan & Patti Smith: 6 Great live versions of Dark Eyes (video & audio)”

  1. The 11th December performance is very nice. What are they up to at the end? Did Patti ask permission to go?

      1. It looks like she could have been a bit overwhelmed and needed to leave. The almost caress of his hair, the kisses and his smile, it’s very intimate.

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