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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez
And it’s Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don’t pull you through
Don’t put on any airs
When you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you

This reminds me of Kerouac’s “On The Road” – conjuring up a dusty character lost somewhere in America, or South America, down on his luck, wanting to go home and singing off with the bleak but also funny line: “I’m going back to New York City/I do believe I’ve had enough.”
~Howard Souness (His 40 Greatest songs – Uncut Magazine)

Tom Thumb´s Blues has been performed:

  • 2 times acoustic w/ band – both in 2002
  • 234 times w/band – top year 1974 (39 times)

First live performance:

  • Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
    New York City, New York
    28 August 1965

Last live performance:

  • Trädgårdsföreningen
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    15 July 2014

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”





My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire
People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her

One of his sweetest love songs – apart from the brothel, death and Apocalypse references.
“My love she speaks like silence.” Tricky, but then she is quite a woman: true, morally elevated, yet winking and laughing like the flowers. The very scent of her swirls through this honeyed river of song, borne along on gentle tumbles and ripples of guitar. Frankly, we’re all enamoured … Until that bastard bridge at midnight trembles, the wind howls like a hammer, and she’s suddenly a raven at the window. So- what?- she’s death?With a broken wing too? Now we’re confused, now we’re in a bit of a pickle. Romance over? What happened? What does it mean? Sigh.
MOJO Magzine – 100 Greatest Dylan Songs

Performances:

  • 163 times acoustic w/ band – top year 1994 (24 times)
  • 119 times acoustic – top year – top year 1992 (48 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental – 1978
  • 90 times w/band – top year 1978 (60 times)
  • First performance: Troy, New York – February  12 , 1965
  • Last played: Broomfield, Colorado – October 30,  2012

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Things Have Changed”





A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes
I’m looking up into the sapphire-tinted skies
I’m well dressed, waiting on the last train

Lets just start with Dylan´s cool acceptance speech for Winning the “Original Song: 2001 Oscar”:

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “To Ramona”





Bob Dylan scholars have determined that “To Ramona” is a song about Joan Baez; Dylan’s warning her that the folk protest movement will draw her in deep, but he recognizes that she doesn’t necessarily have a problem with that, and much as he loves and wants her, he has to let her think for herself, both for her sake and for his.
-Patrick Robbins (covermesongs.com)

Quite whom the singer is trying to mollify (and/or seduce) remains pure guesswork. One possibility must be Sara Lowndes, who became close to Dylan in the aftermath of his breakup with Suze. She could be said to have “cracked country lips,” being a Delaware girl, and her bronzed skin and dusky features may have suggested Spanish ances- try—and the Mediterranean goddess status the name “Ramona” implies.
– Clinton Heylin (Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973)

Whoever it might be, it´s a great song.

It´s been performed:

  • 137 times acoustic w/ band – top year 2000 (33 times)
  • 99 times acoustic – top year – top year 1986 (33 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental – Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – 20 March 1978
  • 127 times w/band – top year 1978 (64 times)

First live performance:

  • Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island – 26 July 1964
    Newport Folk Festival.

Last live performance: 

  • Port Chester, New York, Capitol Theatre – June 14, 2017

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Bob Dylan: 12 Great live versions of “You’re A Big Girl Now”

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off-a my feet
And I’m back in the rain, oh, oh
And you are on dry land
You made it there somehow
You’re a big girl now

You’re Big Girl Now” is startling in the originality of its musical structure as well as in the raw power of Dylan’s lyrics and the way he sings them. Each verse of this song is a separate monolog, as if Dylan were an actor stepping to the back of the stage and then coming forward again as he thinks of something else he wants to say to the lady.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

Another brilliant song from the album “Blood on the Tracks”.

  • First performed @ Reid Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Mississippi – 1 May 1976
  • It has been performed 218 times live – last performance: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois – 29 October 2007
  • Top year was 1978 with 41 performances

Not surprisingly, the song went unattempted live after he and Sara became ostensibly reconciled. Only on the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue, in the spring of 1976, did he remember why he wrote it, playing it long and hard enough to warrant inclusion on the Hard Rain album.
~Clinton Heylin (Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, . 1974-2008)

bob dylan 1976The Warehouse
New Orleans, Louisiana
3 May 1976 – Evening

  • Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal)
  • Scarlet Rivera (violin)
  • T-bone J. Henry Burnett (guitar & piano)
  • Steven Soles (guitar)
  • Mick Ronson (guitar)
  • Bobby Neuwirth (guitar & vocal)
  • Roger McGuinn (guitar & vocal)
  • David Mansfield (steel guitar, mandolin, violin & dobro)
  • Rob Stoner (bass)
  • Howie Wyeth (drums)
  • Gary Burke (percussion)

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