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4 good and one great version of Bob Dylan’s Sweetheart like you

sweetheart like you

Sweetheart Like You is a song to a woman, it sounds like a love song, but also a warning not to stray away from home/God.

It was released on the album Infidels that was released October 27, 1983.

Oliver Trager’s book, Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, mentions that some have criticized this song as sexist. Indeed, music critic Tim Riley makes that accusation in his book, Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary, singling out lyrics like “…a woman like you should be at home/That’s where you belong/Taking care of somebody nice/Who don’t know how to do you wrong.” However, Trager also cites other interpretations that dispute this claim.

Some have argued that “Sweetheart Like You” is being sung to the Christian church (“what’s a sweetheart like you doing in a dump like this?”), claiming that Dylan is mourning the church’s deviation from scriptural truth. I think this is stretching the analysis a bit too far, but everyone is entitled to his/her opinions.

I love the melody, I love the song.

Let us start with the 4 good ones:

Very fine version from World party/Carl WallingerSweetheart Like You (Audio):

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Bob Dylan’s Infidels covered


Infidels is the twenty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on October 27, 1983 by Columbia Records.

Produced by Mark Knopfler and Dylan himself, Infidels is seen as his return to secular music, following a conversion to Christianity, threeevangelical, gospel records and a subsequent return to a secular, culturally Jewish lifestyle. Though he has never abandoned religious imagery, Infidels gained much attention for its focus on more personal themes of love and loss, in addition to commentary on theenvironment and geopolitics. Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone called those Gospel albums just prior to Infidels “lifeless”, and sawInfidels as making Bob Dylan’s career viable again. According to Connelly and others Infidels is Dylan’s best poetic and melodic work since Blood on the Tracks. It has been reported that reviews like these of Dylan’s religious works depressed the musician profoundly, inspiring Dylan’s comment at one concert that he was only referred to as a “prophet” when he was a secular “prophet” (paraphrased).

The critical reaction was the strongest for Dylan in years, almost universally hailed for its songwriting and performances. The album also fared well commercially, reaching #20 in the US and going gold, and #9 in the UK. Still, many fans and critics were disappointed that several songs were inexplicably cut from the album just prior to mastering—primarily “Blind Willie McTell”, considered a career highlight by many critics, and not officially released until it appeared on The Bootleg Series Volume III eight years later.

– wikipedia

As I have said many times before, these songs (all of them!) are best sung by Bob Dylan. Despite that, we enjoy to find out what other artist can do with such a treasure chest of songs. Some are great, some are good and some are interesting. It’s a good album and this should be fun, so let’s get started.

Let us begin with the great band, Built to spill.

Built To Spill – Jokerman (from ‘Bob Dylan in the 80’s: Volume 1’, audio) it is just amazing!:

Jimmy Lafave – Sweetheart Like You (live):

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