Jan 3: Bob Dylan & The Band: Hero Blues 1974




bob dylan 1974

Yes, the gal I got
I swear she’s the screaming end
She wants me to be a hero
So she can tell all her friends

This is a real gem!

..Dylan opened the first two shows with the obscure “Hero Blues” from 1963, singing some of the original lyrics (“The gal I got, I swear she’s the screaming end/She wants me to be a hero, So she can tell all her friends) plus some new ones that seem : relevant to his immediate situation “Running down the highway, just as fast as I can go”; and “Don’t you remember, I told you long ago/… just ain’t gonna work around here no more”, and finally something about what “You can write on my tombstone.” Powerful stuff; one wishes he’d felt free to do more improvising.
~Paul Williams (BD performing artist 1974-86)

Chicago Stadium
Chicago, Illinois
3 January 1974

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica)
  • Robbie Robertson (guitar)
  • Garth Hudson (organ, piano and clavinette)
  • Richard Manual (keyboards)
  • Rick Danko (bass)
  • Levon Helm (drums)




Well, she begged, she cried
She pleaded with me all last night
Well, she begged, she cried
She pleaded with me all last night
She wants me to go out
And find somebody to fight

She reads too many books
She got new movies inside her head
She reads too many books
She got movies inside her head
She wants me to walk out running
She wants me to crawl back dead

You need a different kinda man, babe
One that can grab and hold your heart
Need a different kind of man, babe
One that can hold and grab your heart
You need a different kind of man, babe
You need Napoleon Boneeparte

Well, when I’m dead
No more good times will I crave
When I’m dead
No more good times will I crave
You can stand and shout hero
All over my lonesome grave

I just have to include this one as well..

Hero Blues (Freewheelin’ & Times Outtakes)




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-Egil

5 thoughts on “Jan 3: Bob Dylan & The Band: Hero Blues 1974”

  1. It’s a pity there is so little footage of this tour.

    I have some of Bob solo acoustic from the first show in Chicago. The video isn’t very good but I guess I should post it.

    I have another post from the same show of The Band doing Stage Fright as well as some 8mm footage of The Band in Chicago in December of 71. Search on YouTube for Dylanpresley.

    1. Great links Cristiano!

      I know about Dag’s DailyMotion channel.. might do a post embedding all his 74-tour videos.

      Thanks Cristiano,
      -Egil

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