Bob Dylan: 4 great live versions of his beautiful “Wedding Song”

I love you more than ever, more than time and more than love
I love you more than money and more than the stars above
Love you more than madness, more than waves upon the sea
Love you more than life itself, you mean that much to me

“Wedding Song” was recorded on November 9th in 1973.

Dylan has only performed it 9 times live, all of them in early 1974.

The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 January 1974

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica)



You gave me babies one, two, three, what is more, you saved my life
Eye for eye and tooth for tooth, your love cuts like a knife
My thoughts of you don’t ever rest, they’d kill me if I lie
I’d sacrifice the world for you and watch my senses die

Capital Centre
Largo, Maryland
15 January 1974

Bob & Sara Dylan

Coliseum
Denver, Colorado
6 February 1974 – Afternoon

It’s never been my duty to remake the world at large
Nor is it my intention to sound a battle charge
’Cause I love you more than all of that with a love that doesn’t bend
And if there is eternity I’d love you there again

Seattle Center Coliseum
Seattle, Washington
9 February 1974 – Afternoon

Oh, can’t you see that you were born to stand by my side
And I was born to be with you, you were born to be my bride
You’re the other half of what I am, you’re the missing piece
And I love you more than ever with that love that doesn’t cease

“Wedding Song has a quick, easy flow to it, lyrically and melodically, and the contradictory message conveyed by both words and performance are fascinating. “When I was deep in the poverty you taught me how to give” is a fine tribute. But the next verse is a catalog of horrors: “eye for eye and tooth for tooth” is a phrase that always refers to a pattern of retaliatory punishment; “your love cuts like a knife” is odd praise, odder still because it’s sung without sarcasm or irony. …. The last line of the verse is particularly scary, given its form as part of a pledge of love: “I’d sacrifice the world for you to watch my senses die.” …
~Paul Williams (Performing Artist 1)

One thought on “Bob Dylan: 4 great live versions of his beautiful “Wedding Song”

  1. Happy birthday Bonnie. I love your voice and the way you sing the blues. I’m grateful to be of an age to remember the incredible voice of your father, John Raitt. As to Bobby’s “The Wedding Song” I mostly agree with Paul Williams assessment. It sounds like a grouping of Bobby’s unique style of metaphors searching for a melody. The one he chose sounds like it was rushed to “press” to meet a deadline

    For a look into Bonnies history book to see where she got her chops, Here’s a live performance of her Dad singing “If I Loved you” as the principal male lead in Carousel on Broadway in 1945.

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