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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Desolation Row”

Bob Dylan: As I look back on it now, I am surprised that I came up with so many of them. At the time it seemed like a natural thing to do. Now I can look back and see that I must have
written those songs “in the spirit,” you know? Like “Desolation Row” – I was just thinkin’ about that the other night. There’s no logical way that you can arrive at lyrics like that. I don’t know how it was done.
KL: It just came to you?
BD: It just came out through me.
~Bob Dylan – Kurt Loder interview, Oct 1987

“Desolation Row” also focuses on scene, but in a more purposeful way: the images build up powerfully, propelled by the vocal and instrumental performances. The song makes a statement: this scene is important, it needs·to be paid attention to, there is a reality in this life which may not be cheerful but which, once discovered, shows everything else to be a
pose. Desolation Row” is an anthem; it proclaims and forever defines a certain place, certain state of being… ..And finally I can say about “Desolation Row” only that I am in awe of it.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)

Performances:

  • 262 times acoustic w/ band – top year 2000 (42 times)
  • 19 times acoustic – top year – top year 1966 (13 times)
  • 166 times w/band – top year 2011 (32 times)
  • First performance: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York – Aug 28, 1965
  • Last performance: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver – July 25, 2017

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “The Man In Me”

The man in me will do nearly any task,
And as for compensation, there’s little he would ask.
Take a woman like you
To get through to the man in me.

Storm clouds are raging all around my door,
I think to myself I might not take it any more.
Take a woman like your kind
To find the man in me.

The Man in Me has been performed:

  • 3 times acoustic w/ band – all in 2002
  • 1 time as an instrumental – 1978
  • 153 times w/band – top year 1991 (42 times)

First live performance:

  • Nippon Budokan Hall
    Tokyo, Japan
    20 February 1978

Last live performance:

  • Den Fynske Landsby
    Odense, Denmark
    27 June 2011

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Can´t Wait”

I can’t wait, wait for you to change your mind
It’s late, I’m trying to walk the line
Well, it’s way past midnight and there are people all around
Some on their way up, some on their way down
The air burns and I’m trying to think straight
And I don’t know how much longer I can wait

Performances:

  • 187 times w/band – top year 1998 (64 times)

First live performance: Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi – 24 October 1997

Last live performance: The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York – 4 September 2012

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”





William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath’rin’
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears

The story I took out of the newspaper and I only changed the words. It’s, er… ..Well, I changed, er… the reporters view into… I used it I used it for something I wanted to say, er, and I used his view, the Maryland reporters view to get at what I wanted to say and turn it that way. And I used a true story, that’s all. I could have used a made-up story.
~Bob Dylan (to Steve Allen – Feb. 1964)

Performances:

  • 128 times acoustic w/ band – top year 2003 (17 times)
  • 62 times acoustic – top year – top year 1988 (16 times)
  • 104 times w/band – top year 1975 (18 times)
  • First played: Oct 26, 1963, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
  • Last performance: Oct 20, 2012, Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento, CA

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez
And it’s Eastertime too
And your gravity fails
And negativity don’t pull you through
Don’t put on any airs
When you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there
And they really make a mess outta you

This reminds me of Kerouac’s “On The Road” – conjuring up a dusty character lost somewhere in America, or South America, down on his luck, wanting to go home and singing off with the bleak but also funny line: “I’m going back to New York City/I do believe I’ve had enough.”
~Howard Souness (His 40 Greatest songs – Uncut Magazine)

Tom Thumb´s Blues has been performed:

  • 2 times acoustic w/ band – both in 2002
  • 234 times w/band – top year 1974 (39 times)

First live performance:

  • Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
    New York City, New York
    28 August 1965

Last live performance:

  • Trädgårdsföreningen
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    15 July 2014

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