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Bob Dylan’s Best Songs: ‘Cross The Green Mountain





I cross the Green Mountain
I sit by the stream
Heaven blazing in my head
I dreamed a monstrous dream
Something came up
Out of the sea
Swept through the land of
The rich and the free

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Bob Dylan’s Best Songs: Tangled Up In Blue





This is a song that took ten years to live and ten years to write.
~Bob Dylan (Special Events Arena, El Paso, Texas – November 21, 1978)

I was trying to do something that I don’t know if I was prepared to do. I wanted to defy time, so that the story took place in the present and past at the same time. When you look at a painting, you can see any part of it or see all of it together. I wanted that song to be like a painting.
~Bob Dylan (to Bill Flanagan, March 1985)

Joni Mitchell had an album out called Blue. And it affected me, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And it just stayed in my head and when I wrote that song I wondered, what’s that mean? And then I figured that it was just there, and I guess that’s what happened, y’know.
~Bob Dylan (to Craig McGregor, March 1978)

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September 27: Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Hard Rain & Forever Young, Bologna, Italy 1997 (Video)

Bologna 1997 (he threw (it all) away the hat before playing "Forever Young")
Bologna 1997 (he threw (it all) away the hat before playing “Forever Young”)

Unidentified venue
Bologna, Italy
27 September 1997
World Eucharistic Congress

Broadcast live by Italian TV RAI Uno.

Setlist:

  1. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  2. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  3. Forever Young

Musicians:

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

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September 18: Bob Dylan released Oh Mercy in 1989

bob dylan Oh-Mercy

“Most of them [the songs on “Oh Mercy”] are stream-of-consciousness songs, the kind that come to you in the middle of the night, when you just want to go back to bed. The harder you try to do something, the more it evades you. These weren’t like that.”
~Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, 21 September 1989)

While it would be unfair to compare ‘Oh Mercy’ to Dylan’s Sixties recordings, it sits well alongside his impressive body of work.
~Clinton Heylin (Behind The Shades)

Most Of The Time (my fav song from the album):

Check out: Bob Dylan’s best songs – Most Of The Time – #31

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Bob Dylan’s Best Songs: Like A Rolling Stone




….would be Like A Rolling Stone because I wrote that after I’d quit. I’d literally quit singing and playing, and I found myself writing this song, this story, this long piece of vomit about twenty pages long, and out of it I took Like A Rolling Stone and made it as a single. And I’d never written anything like that before and it suddenly came to me that that was what I should do, you know. I mean, nobody had ever done that before.
~Bob Dylan (to Martin Bronstein – Feb 1966)

.. The sound is so rich the song never plays the same way twice
~Greil Marcus

The first time I heard Bob Dylan, I was in the car with my mother listening to WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody had kicked open the door to your mind
~Bruce Springsteen (Jan 1988)

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