Jan 21: Bob Dylan performing “Shelter From The Storm” @ Madison Square Garden, NYC 1998 (Video)

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’Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue and the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

Not a word was spoke between us, there was little risk involved
Everything up to that point had been left unresolved
Try imagining a place where it’s always safe and warm
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

Great version where our man misses the first sentence in verse three… and the starts of the last verse (details below the video).

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

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

Now misses on the next verse starting again with:

Not a word was spoke between us, …she was standin’ there…

Then he’s back on track with:

With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

Well, the deputy walks on hard nails and the preacher rides a mount
But nothing really matters much, it’s doom alone that counts
And the one-eyed undertaker, he blows a futile horn
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

Misses again.. but just keeps playing.. (not singing) a little time-out.. and then final verse:

Well, I’m livin’ in a foreign country but I’m bound to cross the line
Beauty walks a razor’s edge, someday I’ll make it mine
If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born
“Come in,” she said, “I’ll give you shelter from the storm”

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4 thoughts on “Jan 21: Bob Dylan performing “Shelter From The Storm” @ Madison Square Garden, NYC 1998 (Video)”

  1. I don’t want to offend HP or any other people who make empty observations nobody asked for, but this old “croaking frog”/”can’t sing” saw is so old and tired it really needs to be sent to the soap factory already. Check out the self-appointed critics exiting the ’66 show in No Direction Home/Eat The Document–they’ve been there from the beginning (and they are hilarious!) I usually enjoy the live material more than the recordings because I’m not interested in performers phoning it in as nostalgia jukebox acts. Dylan did a gig in my town. I went. Despite a small contingent of confused HP/Mr. Jones types, I enjoyed a sublime (if not faultless) performance. Then I went again. Then again & was not disappointed. The best I could say is, “Well that was certainly another fantastic performance and I’m sure glad I got to see one of the great American artists perform in person”.

  2. Besides Peter Elliott’s observation … what’s wrong with being able to say you saw Dylan? Elvis was a fat caricature of himself by the time he was 40 but still would have been worth seeing in person. Bless Bob for continuing to perform when it’s probably the last thing he needs to do. My only complaint is that all the touring seems to prolong the wait for his next memoir.

  3. Poor HP clearly knows nothing about singing. I have seen Bob many times since 1980 and his singing is always glorious, especially in 2014.

  4. I don’t want to offend the head blogger or the Dylan lovers, but hearing him live, say, after 1980, is TO ME like hearing a croaking frog. I stick to his recorded material or early live material. He did a gig in my town maybe 5 years ago. I skipped it. I talked to those who went. The best they could say is, “Well, I can tell my grandkids I saw him live”. Dylan takes hundreds of thousands of dollars per concert……no guilt, huh, Robert Z?

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