Bob Dylan: Absolutely Sweet Marie, Dubuque 1996

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Well, your railroad gate, you know I just can’t jump it
Sometimes it gets so hard, you see
I’m just sitting here beating on my trumpet
With all these promises you left for me
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

A show famous for all the people dancing on stage/stage diving on many songs, this one included.

Five Flags Center Arena
Dubuque, Iowa
12 November 1996

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Well, I waited for you when I was half sick
Yes, I waited for you when you hated me
Well, I waited for you inside of the frozen traffic
When you knew I had some other place to be
Now, where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Well, anybody can be just like me, obviously
But then, now again, not too many can be like you, fortunately

Well, six white horses that you did promise
Were fin’lly delivered down to the penitentiary
But to live outside the law, you must be honest
I know you always say that you agree
But where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Well, I don’t know how it happened
But the riverboat captain, he knows my fate
But ev’rybody else, even yourself
They’re just gonna have to wait

Well, I got the fever down in my pockets
The Persian drunkard, he follows me
Yes, I can take him to your house but I can’t unlock it
You see, you forgot to leave me with the key
Oh, where are you tonight, sweet Marie?

Now, I been in jail when all my mail showed
That a man can’t give his address out to bad company
And now I stand here lookin’ at your yellow railroad
In the ruins of your balcony
Wond’ring where you are tonight, sweet Marie

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2 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: Absolutely Sweet Marie, Dubuque 1996”

  1. I saw Dylan earlier that year and, as far as the stage dancing is concerned, the same thing occurred. I think it was the Grateful Dead fans in the audience. I saw him again the following year, early on the tour with Ani DeFranco, not long after his heart complications. The wife and I had first-row seats and were stampeded by kids wanting to get up on the stage for the hell of it. We literally had to fight our way out of the mess. By the time we managed to, Dylan cut the song short and walked off-stage. Thanks, all of you self-centered jerks! Anyway, this phenomenon was undoubtedly why Dylan had all of those fans onstage at his Grammy appearance, which wasn’t all bad. Thanks to Soy Bomb, the only people I’ve seen onstage at Dylan concerts ever since were those whom I’d paid to see.

  2. Thanks mate. I never tier of this song in any way, shape or form. Great vid too.
    Light rain here in Sydney, Australia this morning.

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