Bob Dylan: 10 live versions of “Visions of Johanna” (Videos & audios)

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Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind

Even though the original album version (Blonde On Blonde – 1966) is the definitive version, there are many great live versions floating around over @ youtube.

Here are 10.

Festival Hall
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
20 April 1966

Gaumont Theatre
Sheffield, England
16 May 1966

In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman’s bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the “D” train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it’s him or them that’s really insane
Louise, she’s all right, she’s just near
She’s delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna’s not here
The ghost of ’lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Royal Albert Hall
London, England
27 May 1966

Theater Of Living Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
21 June 1995

Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He’s sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I’m in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it’s so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Cumberland Civic Center
Portland, Maine
25 February 1999

Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, New Jersey
13 November 1999

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial
Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, “Jeeze
I can’t find my knees”
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel

Portsmouth, England
24 September 2000

Municipal Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee
3 November 2001

The peddler now speaks to the countess who’s pretending to care for him
Sayin’, “Name me someone that’s not a parasite and I’ll go out and say a prayer for him”
But like Louise always says
“Ya can’t look at much, can ya man?”
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev’rything’s been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain

National Exhibition Center
Birmingham, England
18 November 2005

Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Lewiston, Maine
10 April 2013

…. and a bonus:

Early version from the Blonde On Blonde recording sessions Nov 1965.

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
30 November 1965

4 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: 10 live versions of “Visions of Johanna” (Videos & audios)”

  1. Studio A
    Columbia Recording Studios
    New York City, New York
    30 November 1965

    “This video is private.”

  2. tough to beat those 60’s versions, but the 1999 versions are lovely too …. thanks goodness they all remain…

  3. The Greatest Song Ever Made!!!
    it takes me to another place!!!Incredible!!
    Don’t ask me to pick a favourite!
    Huge thanks to egil☺☺

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