October 6: Bob Dylan Blind Willie McTell, London, England 2000 (video)





bob dylan london 2000

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

A FANTASTIC version.

Wembley Arena
London, England
6 October 2000

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Well, I heard that hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

See them big plantations burning
Hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blooming
See the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moaning
Hear that undertaker’s bell
Nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

There’s a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He’s dressed up like a squire
Bootlegged whiskey in his hand
There’s a chain gang on the highway
I can hear them rebels yell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, God is in His heaven
And we all want what’s His
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I’m gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell


-Egil

6 thoughts on “October 6: Bob Dylan Blind Willie McTell, London, England 2000 (video)”

  1. Fabulous live version of a terrific song. I always wonder why the official releases so often include inferior live versions of songs like this. Maybe it’s the same reason that “Blind Willie McTell” and “Bring Me A Little Water” and “Red River Shore” and “I’m Not There” and untold others failed to make the cut the first time around. Is there a vault somewhere with Dylan’s greatest unreleased hits!?!

    1. This is always the great Dylan conundrum – Why does he leave his best songs off albums?
      Why does he (deliberately) perform shoddy/rushed versions on stage?
      Why does he hide the great voice he has so often (in denial)?

      At time it seems almost perverse.

      Where do we start?
      Caribbean Wind
      Angelina
      She’s Your Lover Now
      Up To Me

      Et al. Et Al.

      l Dylan

  2. Great version. This is right around the time he did the Portsmouth Visions of Johanna that’s so good. It must have been an awesome tour.

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