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February 16: Bob Dylan @ Hiroshima Koseinenkin Kaikan – Hiroshima, Japan – 1994

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This was his 9th concert on the “1994 FAR EAST TOUR“. The concert is special because of the location and a blistering acoustic version of “Masters of War“.
The first live acoustic “Masters Of War” since the concert in Town Hall in New York City, 12 April 1963… over 30 years earlier…

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

Hiroshima Koseinenkin Kaikan
Hiroshima, Japan
16 February 1994

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

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Bob Dylan: “Covenant Woman”, Live & Studio versions

Covenant woman got a contract with the Lord
Way up yonder, great will be her reward
Covenant woman, shining like a morning star
I know I can trust you to stay where you are

Bob Dylan recorded the album version of “Covenant Woman” on February 15 in 1980.

Very good song from the album “Saved” (1980). The live versions from November 1979 &  1980 are GREAT.

Album version:

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
Sheffield, Alabama
15 February 1980

5th and last Saved recording session produced by Jerry Wexler & Barry Beckett.

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)

Alt version – Take 3 – February 11, 1980 (released on “Trouble No More” (2017))

Live versions

‘Covenant Woman’ proved to be a rather delicate flower. Once plucked as a performance piece, its fragile hue began to fade real quick. It was the highlight of the November 1979 shows, but rapidly wilted upon its removal from its homegrown vineyard. By the time Dylan came to the Saved sessions, in mid-February 1980, any sense of intimacy had all but gone.
-Clinton Heylin (Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, . 1974-2008)

Despite being one of the duller performances on the Saved album, ‘Covenant Woman’ was a significant song for Dylan himself. He put it on a single, and on the first gospel tour, months before Saved had even been recorded, he performed it live at all 26 concerts: and he always placed it first among those featured songs that were not drawn from Slow Train Coming. On the second gospel tour, in early 1980, he gave it the same prominence at all 24 concerts. Then he dropped it altogether for the April–May dates but brought it back in for that year’s fall tour.
-Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

Fox Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, California
4 November 1979


Fox Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, California
16 November 1979


Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica, California
19 November 1979

Gammage Center
Tempe, Arizona
26 November 1979

Civic Auditorium
Knoxville, Tennessee
6 February 1980

Massey Hall
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
19 April 1980

Lyrics

 

Covenant woman got a contract with the Lord
Way up yonder, great will be her reward
Covenant woman, shining like a morning star
I know I can trust you to stay where you are

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be

I’ve been broken, shattered like an empty cup
I’m just waiting on the Lord to rebuild and fill me up
And I know He will do it ’cause He’s faithful and He’s true
He must have loved me so much to send me someone as fine as you

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be

Covenant woman, intimate little girl
Who knows those most secret things of me that are hidden from the world
You know we are strangers in a land we’re passing through
I’ll always be right by your side, I’ve got a covenant too

And I just got to tell you
I do intend
To stay closer than any friend
I just got to thank you
Once again
For making your prayers known
Unto heaven for me
And to you, always, so grateful
I will forever be


-Egil

Bob Dylan: Lay Lady Lay, Besançon, France 1994

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Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed
Whatever colors you have in your mind
I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine

Palais Des Sports
Besançon, France
4 July 1994

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

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Bob Dylan Concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan – November 5, 2000

Hill Auditorium
University Of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 5, 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)
  • G.E. Smith (electric guitar) on 12, 16, 18, 19  

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Bob Dylan’s Best Songs: Scarlet Town





In Scarlet Town where I was born
There’s ivy leaf and silver thorn
The streets have names you can’t pronounce
Gold is down to a quarter of an ounce

“Scarlet Town” was inspired by “Barbara Allen,” a seventeenth-century English or Scottish traditional ballad brought by immigrants to the New World. A recording of “Barbara Allen” can be found on the album Live at the Gaslight 1962, a collection of early Dylan performances at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City. “Scarlet Town” has other allusions as well, including echoes of the children’s nursery rhyme “Little Boy Blue,” the country hit “I’m Walking the Floor Over You” by Ernest Tubb, and even a reference to Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe with the line in the first verse, “Uncle Tom still workin’ for Uncle Bill.” But beyond these references, the picture drawn is pure Dylan. He clearly describes a damned city, a new alley of desolation with “beggars crouching at the gate,” where “evil and the good [are] livin’ side by side.”
-Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Miche (Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track)

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