Category Archives: Bob Dylan songs

May 24: Happy 75th Birthday Bob Dylan





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Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

he not busy being born is busy dying

Bob Dylan, the single most important artist in the history of popular music, is 75 years old today Tuesday, May 24.

Here @ alldylan.com we got about 1500 Bob Dylan posts alive. In this tribute I’ll try to give an overview & hopefully lead you to material you might find interesting.

Here are links to some our Bob Dylan material @ alldylan.com

Bob Dylan quotes

Bootlegs

You can find some of Hallgeir’s favorites here:

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Best released/unreleased songs

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Songs

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Other people’s songs

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Recording sessions

Albums

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Polls

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Cover versions

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Check out this link: Bob Dylan cover version lists

Other stuff

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-Egil

Bob Dylan’s Love Sick: 2 Decades 2 versions



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Love Sick by Bob Dylan, was recorded in January 1997 and released on his 30th studio album Time Out of Mind in September of that year. It was released as the second single from the album in June 1998, in various CD formats some of which featured a February 25, 1998 live version of the song, from Dylan’s performance at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

I thought it would be interesting to see how the song has changed over the years. I believe these two versions show the enduring power of the song.

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Bob Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell – 4 decades 4 versions



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Kurt Loder: I heard an outtake from the Infidels sessions called Blind Willie McTell. Is that ever going to come out? It’s a great song.
Bob Dylan: I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people.
~Bob Dylan (Kurt Loder interview 1984)

[Blind Willie McTell] He was just a very smooth operating bluesman. His songs always reminded me of… As trains, but that ‘s just my hang up, you know, trains. And his vocal style, and his sound seems to fit right in with that lonesome sound. His kinda, you know, Ragtime… kinda thing on a 12 string guitar, so it made everything he did sound, you know, give it a little higher pitch. You know, you could probably call… You could probably call… you could probably say he was the Van Gogh of Blues. You could probably say he was the Van Gogh of the country Blues.
~Bob Dylan (Eliot Mintz Interview, March 1991)

I thought it would be interesting to see how the song has changed over the years. I believe I have found 4 fantastic versions, and my favourite is still the electric studio version from May 1983.

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “If You See Her, Say Hello”

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If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier
She left here last early Spring, is livin’ there, I hear
Say for me that I’m all right though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her, don’t tell her it isn’t so

wikipedia:

If You See Her, Say Hello” is a song by Bob Dylan released in 1975 on his 15th studio album, Blood on the Tracks, and as a single B-side. It is one of five songs on the album that Dylan initially recorded in New York City in September 1974 and then re-recorded in Minneapolis on December 30 that year, the later recording becoming the album track (and single). One of the September 1974 outtakes was included on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.

The song describes an anonymous lost love, who no longer loves the persona after they had “a falling-out”. Although the persona clearly feels wounded by the breakup: “Our separation, It pierced me to the heart”, he appears not to resent the anonymous character, declaring “Oh, whatever makes her happy, I won’t stand in the way.”

This brilliant song has been performed 99 times live by Dylan, last performance: Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Indiana – July 4, 2009.

Her are 5 samples, enjoy..

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Bob Dylan performing 9 different versions of “Boots Of Spanish Leather” (videos & audio)

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Oh, I’m sailin’ away my own true love
I’m sailin’ away in the morning
Is there something I can send you from across the sea
From the place that I’ll be landing?

Studio version released in 1964 on his album The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Released January 13, 1964
Recorded August 7, 1963
Genre American folk music
Length 4:40
Label Columbia Records
Writer Bob Dylan
Producer Tom Wilson

No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love
There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’
Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
From across that lonesome ocean

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