Jan 20: Bob Dylan performing “Positively 4th Street” in New York City 1998 (Video)

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You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning

You got a lotta nerve
To say you got a helping hand to lend
You just want to be on
The side that’s winning

The Theater
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
20 January 1998

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

You say I let you down
You know it’s not like that
If you’re so hurt
Why then don’t you show it

You say you lost your faith
But that’s not where it’s at
You had no faith to lose
And you know it

I know the reason
That you talk behind my back
I used to be among the crowd
You’re in with

Do you take me for such a fool
To think I’d make contact
With the one who tries to hide
What he don’t know to begin with

You see me on the street
You always act surprised
You say, “How are you?” “Good luck”
But you don’t mean it

When you know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it

No, I do not feel that good
When I see the heartbreaks you embrace
If I was a master thief
Perhaps I’d rob them

And now I know you’re dissatisfied
With your position and your place
Don’t you understand
It’s not my problem

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you

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10 thoughts on “Jan 20: Bob Dylan performing “Positively 4th Street” in New York City 1998 (Video)”

  1. Greatest of all time. Have heard it all from friends about Bob. Mostly about his voice, never listening to the incredible lyrics. They are really missing out. Have a couple of friends who enjoy him. Go Pats.

  2. Reinventing himself is what Dylan’s all about, we know. Whenever and whatever way he sings his songs, they’re never the same. Only he can do this, positively.

  3. terrific version…not so biting as the album version…but I suppose that is what time and age do…
    his facial expressions are priceless here

  4. God, I love this guy! Wish I had appreciative people to share this with.
    When I forward this stuff to friends I either get silence or complete bafflement about what I find so appealing, fascinating, lovable, etcetcetc

    There is a version of this on “Dressed Up Like A Squire” bootleg that is really gorgeous. I forget where it was recorded.
    Thanks for all your fab Bob work!

    1. We all get that from folks who just don’t get Bob and I know it is frustrating when you know he is so unique and brilliant.But there are millions who do get it. I’ve learned to just enjoy and be thankful that I recognize his genius and get to revel in it from time to time.

      1. Dylan is the greatest artist of our times.
        I do not get frustrated facing people’s ignorance.. and I know time will prove us right.
        I enjoy every second listening to his songs.. and love sharing his art.

        -Salute… it’s Saturday 🙂

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