Yes, the gal I got
I swear she’s the screaming end
She wants me to be a hero
So she can tell all her friends
This is a real gem!
..Dylan opened the first two shows with the obscure “Hero Blues” from 1963, singing some of the original lyrics (“The gal I got, I swear she’s the screaming end/She wants me to be a hero, So she can tell all her friends) plus some new ones that seem : relevant to his immediate situation “Running down the highway, just as fast as I can go”; and “Don’t you remember, I told you long ago/… just ain’t gonna work around here no more”, and finally something about what “You can write on my tombstone.” Powerful stuff; one wishes he’d felt free to do more improvising.
~Paul Williams (BD performing artist 1974-86)
I don’t know how I come to songs, y’know, but doing what I’m doing, I’m doing, er… I mean, it’s not up to me, y’know, I don’t really go into myself that deep… I just go ahead and do it, yeah, I was sort of trying to find a place to pound my nails, y’know.
~Bob Dylan (to Studs Terkel, 26 April 1963)
WFMT-Radio Studio Chicago, Illinois 26 April 1963 Studs Terkel Wax Museum
..king of all post-war blues harpists,…. The fiery harmonica wizard took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy.
~Bill Dahl (allmusic.com)
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