Bob Dylan’s Best Songs: Blind Willie McTell (recorded May 5, 1983)

Blind-Willie-McTell & Bob Dylan

Kurt Loder: I heard an outtake from the Infidels sessions called Blind Willie McTell. Is that ever going to come out? It’s a great song.
Bob Dylan: I didn’t think I recorded it right. But I don’t know why that stuff gets out on me. I mean, it never seems to get out on other people.
~Kurt Loder interview 1984

[Blind Willie McTell] He was just a very smooth operating bluesman. His songs always reminded me of… As trains, but that ‘s just my hang up, you know, trains. And his vocal style, and his sound seems to fit right in with that lonesome sound. His kinda, you know, Ragtime… kinda thing on a 12 string guitar, so it made everything he did sound, you know, give it a little higher pitch. You know, you could probably call… You could probably call… you could probably say he was the Van Gogh of Blues. You could probably say he was the Van Gogh of the country Blues.
~Bob Dylan (Eliot Mintz Interview, March 1991)

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I married Isis on the fifth day of May – Bob Dylan – Isis

I married Isis on the fifth day of May
But I could not hold on to her very long
So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away
For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong

[about Isis] Hm… Well, it’s kind of like a journey, you know, like sort of a journey type trip. I wrote that with another person and I think half the verses were mine and half the verses were his, and it just sort of ended up being what it was. I don’t really know too much in depth what it would mean.
-Bob Dylan (Rockline Interview, Hollywood, California – June 17, 1985)

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Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) sings Bob Dylan

He’s [Pete Seeger] a master at that, leading a mass of people in four-part harmony to a song not even in their language… Pete is almost like a tribal medicine man, in the true sense of the word. Rock n’ roll performers aren’t. They’re just kind of working out other people’s fantasies.
-> Bob Dylan (Scott Cohen Interview – Sept 1985)

Peter Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist.

A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall

h, where have you been, my blue-eyed son
And where have you been, my darling young one


Melbourne (Australia) – September 1963

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Bob Dylan – 5 Great Live Versions of “Things Have Changed”

A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne

Things Have Changed” is a song from the film Wonder Boys, written and performed by Bob Dylan and released as a single on May 1, 2000, that won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. 

Sandstone Amphitheater
Bonner Springs, Kansas
7 July 2000

Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes
I’m looking up into the sapphire tinted skies
I’m well dressed, waiting on the last train



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Justin Vernon sings 4 Bob Dylan songs – Happy Birthday Justin Vernon

Bob Dylan wrote good words, but the underrated thing about why he is one of the best, if not the best, songwriter is that his words always sounded good with his voice. He rapped them.
– Justin Vernon (2011)

Justin DeYarmond Edison Vernon (born April 30, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the primary songwriter and frontman of indie folk band Bon Iver.

With God On Our Side

Portland, OR – 9/24/2011


Bernie Sanders Iowa Rally – Jan 31, 2020

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Bob Dylan: Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground (Willie Nelson)

He takes whatever thing he’s singing and makes it his. There’s not many people who can do that. Even something like an Elvis tune. You know, once Elvis done a tune, it’s pretty much done. But Willie is the only one in my recollection that has even taken something associated with Elvis and made it his. He just puts his sorta trip on it…
–> Bob Dylan (April 1993)

Happy 88th Birthday Willie Nelson

  1. Song facts & different versions
  2. Lyrics
  3. Bob Dylan

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