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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Not Dark Yet” (Videos)

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Some facts:

  • Dylan has played “Not Dark Yet” 152 times live
  • First time was @ Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, Georgia – 30 October 1997
  • Last performance: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut – 8 September 2012
  • Peak year: 1999 with 57 renditions

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great live versions of “If You See Her, Say Hello”




If you see her, say hello, she might be in Tangier
She left here last early Spring, is livin’ there, I hear
Say for me that I’m all right though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her, don’t tell her it isn’t so

 

This brilliant song has been performed 88 times live by Dylan.

  • First performance:  Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida – April 18, 1976
  • Last performance: Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Indiana – July 4, 2009.

Her are 5 samples, enjoy..

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “I Shall Be Released”

They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released

The whole world is a prison. Life is a prison, we’re all inside the body. Freedom only comes from knowledge and knowledge is power. So just because you’re out there in the desert, facing an endless sky and an unknown nothingness, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re free. You’re trapped in the desert. Only knowledge of either yourself or the ultimate power can get you out of it. I don’t know that much.
– Bob Dylan to Philip Fleishman (Feb. 1978)

Performances:

  • 51 acoustic w band – top year 2001 (18 times)
  • 28 acoustic – top year 1976 (27 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental in 1978
  • 420 times w/band – top year 1978 (111 times)

First live performance: War Memorial Auditorium, Plymouth, Massachusetts – 30 October 1975.

Last live performance: Stodoła, Warsaw, Poland – 7 June 2008
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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Gates of Eden”





Of war and peace the truth just twists
Its curfew gull just glides
Upon four-legged forest clouds
The cowboy angel rides
With his candle lit into the sun
Though its glow is waxed in black
All except when ’neath the trees of Eden

..Only at the start of the Never Ending Tour, partnering an equally electric “My Back Pages” with an arrange- ment of heart-stopping intensity, would “Gates of Eden” come back into its own. Disappointingly, this dramatic reinterpretation was dropped after just a handful of performances. Thankfully, in the spring of 1995, it returned to join “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” in laser-precise acoustic sets that acted as a crash course in the compositional quantum leap achieved three decades prior.
-Clinton Heylin (Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973)

Performances:

  • 115 times acoustic w/ band – top year 1990 (28 times)
  • 85 times acoustic – top year – top year 1989 (27 times)
  • 8 times w/band in 1988 (8 times)

First known performance: Symphony Hall, Boston, Massachusetts – 24 October 1964

Last known performance: Kingsford Smith Park, Seagulls Rugby League Football Club, Ballina, New South Wales, Australia – 31 March 2001

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”





Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

‘Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’… I wrote the words of it on a piece of paper. But there was just no tune that really fit to it, so I just sort of play chords without a tune. If all this comes under the heading of a definition, then I don’t care really to define what I do. Other people seem to have a hard time doing that.
~Bob Dylan (to Max Jones, May 64)

Performances:

  • 116 acoustic w band – top year 2001 (24 times)
  • 97 acoustic – top year 1986 (32 times)
  • 37 as an instrumental, all in 1978
  • 215 times w/band – top year 2011 (31 times)

First live performance: The Home Of Eve and Mac MacKenzie
New York City, New York – September 1962

Last live performance: Firefly Festival, Dover – June 17, 2017

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