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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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Bob Dylan: Simple Twist of Fate, 15 Great live versions (Video & Audio)

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
’Twas then he felt alone and wished that he’d gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate

They walked along by the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin’ bright
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train
Moving with a simple twist of fate

“Simple Twist Of Fate”  is among Dylan’s finest songs and there many fantastic live versions available.

Here are 15.

First ever live performance @ WTTW-TV Studios Chicago, Illinois 10 September 1975:

Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “One Too Many Mornings” (audio & video)





Down the street the dogs are barkin’
And the day is a-gettin’ dark
As the night comes in a-fallin’
The dogs’ll lose their bark
An’ the silent night will shatter
From the sounds inside my mind
For I’m one too many mornings
And a thousand miles behind

Great song released on his third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’ in 1964.

The song has been performed 247 times live by Dylan. Top year was 1989 – 21 times.

Here are 5 great samples.

Gaumont Theatre
Sheffield, England
16 May 1966

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & electric guitar)
  • Robbie Robertson (electric guitar)
  • Garth Hudson (organ), Rick Danko (bass)
  • Richard Manuel (piano)
  • Mickey Jones (drums)

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “Shooting Star”

 

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew
I always kind of wondered
If you ever made it through
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you

Here are 5 Great live versions of this wonderful song from the album “Oh Mercy” (1989).

Rome, Italy 6 June 1991

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