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Bob Dylan’s best songs: You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

Verlaine & Rimbaud
“Mine’ve been like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud”

Situations have ended sad
Relationships have all been bad
Mine’ve been like Verlaine’s and Rimbaud
But there’s no way I can compare
All those scenes to this affair
Yer gonna make me lonesome when you go
~Bob Dylan (You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go)

Much of the song is thus delivered, so lightly as to suggest that it’s in brackets, with the same sparkling, generous humour. Astonishing that a man who, by the time he made this album, had been monstrously famous for over a decade and had been acclaimed as a genius before he was 25, could have the down-to-earth self-knowledge to
throw out, in this song, so ordinarily humorous and puckish a phrase as the one that ends this stanza: ‘You’re gonna make me wonder what I’m doin’ / Stayin’ far behind without you / You’re gonna make me wonder what I’m sayin’— / You’re gonna make me give myself a good talkin’ to . . .’
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

And how smoothly the album slips from this orgy of marital upchuck into the lightest, most innocent, most enticing love song of the whole batch, a throwaway which on closer inspection seems quite as brilliant (in composition and performance) as anything else here: “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” So clever, so perfect, to have a song that puts any separation squarely in the future, instead of present, near past, or distant past.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

Grooveshark:
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Bob Dylan: 6 different live versions of “Cat’s In The Well” (video & audio)

bob dylan under the red sky

The cat’s in the well, the wolf is looking down
The cat’s in the well, the wolf is looking down
He got his big bushy tail dragging all over the ground

The cat’s in the well, the gentle lady is asleep
Cat’s in the well, the gentle lady is asleep
She ain’t hearing a thing, the silence is a-stickin’ her deep

I got a request for doing a “x different live versions of Cat’s in the well” over @ out FB page.

It’s a song Dylan has played about 260 times live, peaking years were 1992, 1993, 2003, 2004 & 2007.

Perth Entertainment Center
Perth, West Australia, Australia
18 March 1992
Cat’s In The Well (Live, Perth 1992) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live versions of “Workingman’s Blues #2” (Video & audio)

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There’s an evenin’ haze settlin’ over the town
Starlight by the edge of the creek
The buyin’ power of the proletariat’s gone down
Money’s gettin’ shallow and weak
The place I love best is a sweet memory
It’s a new path that we trod
They say low wages are a reality
If we want to compete abroad

Happy birthday “Modern Times”, here are 5 great live versions of “Workingman’s Blues #2”.

National Indoor Arena
Birmingham, England
17 April 2007

My cruel weapons have been put on the shelf
Come sit down on my knee
You are dearer to me than myself
As you yourself can see
I’m listenin’ to the steel rails hum
Got both eyes tight shut
Just sitting here trying to keep the hunger from
Creeping it’s way into my gut

Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind
Bring me my boots and shoes
You can hang back or fight your best on the front line
Sing a little bit of these workingman’s blues

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Bob Dylan: 6 Great live versions of “Girl From The North Country” (video & audio)

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Well, if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
That’s the way I remember her best.

“Girl From The North Country” rates 24 on a list of the songs he’s performed the most (hisbobness.info). Performed 546 times + a couple of 2014 performances.

Hearing two beautiful versions this weekend in Stavern & Kristiansand inspired this post.

Please feel free to use the comments section to suggest other great versions. I’m not uploading stuff, so I can’t promise I’ll find & include it.

Brøndby-Hallen
Copenhagen, Denmark
12 July 1981

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Bob Dylan: 4 Great live versions of Hallelujah, I’m Ready To Go (Trad.)

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I’m ready [hallelujah]
Hallelujah [I’m ready]
I can hear the voices singin’ soft and low
Hallelujah [I’m ready]
I’m ready [hallelujah]
Hallelujah, I’m ready to go.

Dark was the night
Not a star was in sight
On the highway headin’ down below
I let my Saviour in
And He saved my soul from sin

Bob Dylan started performing this “high energy” trad song in the summer of 1999. It was always the opening song in the shows where it was played.

It was played 10 times in 1999, 14 times in 2000, 7 times in 2001 & 6 times in 2002 (last performance April 28, 2002).

Here are 4 great versions.

Somewhere in 1999

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