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Bob Dylan: Trail of The Buffalo (traditional)

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Come round you old time cowboys, and listen to my song
Please do not grow weary, I will not detain you long
Concerning some young cowboy, who did agree to go
Spend the summer pleasantly on the trail of the buffalo

Well I wrote that song to the tune of Buffalo Skinner. An old cowboy song.
~Bob Dylan about “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (to Ray Coleman, May 1965)

From Wikipedia:

“The Buffalo Skinners”
The Hills of Mexico, “On the Trail of the Buffalo”
Music by traditional
Language English

“The Buffalo Skinners” (“The Hills of Mexico”) is a traditional American folk song. It tells the story of an 1873 buffalo hunt on the southern plains. According to Fannie Eckstorm, 1873 is correct, as the year that professional buffalo hunters from Dodge City first entered the northern part of the Texas panhandle. It is thought to be based on the song Canaday-I-O.

According to extensive research carried out by Jürgen Kloss in 2010-2012, this song is one of the many variants of John B Freeman’s ‘Buffalo Song’ .

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Feb 8: Bob Dylan: “I Want You” London 1990 (Video)





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The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you
The cracked bells and washed-out horns
Blow into my face with scorn
But it’s not that way
I wasn’t born to lose you

I want you, I want you
I want you so bad
Honey, I want you

“I Want You” + “Political World”

Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
8 February 1990

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G.E. Smith on playing with Bob Dylan

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“To get to play with Bob Dylan was a … dream!”
G. E. Smith

George Edward “G. E.” Smith (born January 27, 1952) is an American guitarist. He was the lead guitarist in the band Hall & Oates and the musical director of Saturday Night Live. Smith was lead guitarist of Bob Dylan’s touring band from June 7, 1988, to October 19, 1990. Smith also served as musical director of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration for Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 1992.

We found a very interesting new interview with Smith on YouTube, he is a good storyteller.

– Hallgeir

Bob Dylan: Where Teardrops Fall, London, England 8 February 1990 (Video)

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Far away where the soft winds blow
Far away from it all
There is a place you go
Where teardrops fall

Far away in the stormy night
Far away and over the wall
You are there in the flickering light
Where teardrops fall

Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
8 February 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

We banged the drum slowly
And played the fife lowly
You know the song in my heart
In the turning of twilight
In the shadows of moonlight
You can show me a new place to start

I’ve torn my clothes and I’ve drained the cup
Strippin’ away at it all
Thinking of you when the sun comes up
Where teardrops fall

By rivers of blindness
In love and with kindness
We could hold up a toast if we meet
To the cuttin’ of fences
To sharpen the senses
That linger in the fireball heat

Roses are red, violets are blue
And time is beginning to crawl
I just might have to come see you
Where teardrops fall

 
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Today: Bob Dylan played Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York – 30 June 1988 – 25 years ago

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A very good 88-concert and the sound on the circulating soundboard tape is incredible.

It is concert #15 of the Never Ending Tour & this tour is “labeled” the Interstate 88 Tour, part 1.

Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
30 June 1988

Wantagh, New York

Wantagh New York

Wantagh (pronounced /WAHN-taw/) is a hamlet and census-designated place (an unincorporated section of the town of Hempstead) in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, United States. The population of Wantagh was 18,871 at the time of the 2010 census.

Wantagh is known as “The Gateway to Jones Beach“.

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Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

Setlist

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  2. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  3. You’re A Big Girl Now
  4. Tangled Up In Blue
  5. Masters Of War
  6. I Shall Be Released
  7. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  8. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)
  9. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  10. Eileen Aroon (trad., arr. Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem)
    I know a valley fair,
    Eileen Aroon
    I know a cottage there
    Eileen Aroon
    Far in the valley shade I know a tender maid
    Flow’r of the hazel glade, Eileen Aroon
  11. Boots Of Spanish Leather
  12. Silvio (Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)
  13. Gates Of Eden
  14. Like A Rolling Stone
  15. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  16. All Along The Watchtower
  17. Maggie’s Farm

Jones Beach Theater

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Address 1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, New York 11793
Location Jones Beach State Park
Type Amphitheatre
Opened 1952
Renovated 1992
Expanded 1998
Former name(s) Jones Beach Marine Theater(1952-94)
Jones Beach Amphitheater (1994-2000)
Jones Beach Theater (2000-02)
Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater (2002-06)
Capacity 15,000

 

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