November 27: Bob Dylan singing a brilliant “Forgetful Heart” in London 2013

Photo – Paolo Brillo –

Forgetful heart
Lost your power of recall
Every little detail
You don’t remember at all
The times we knew
Who would remember better than you?

Royal Albert Hall
London, England
27 November 2013

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums)

Forgetful heart
We laughed and had a good time, you and I
It’s been so long
Now you’re content to let the days go by
When you were there
You were the answer to my prayer

Forgetful heart
We loved with all the love that life can give
What can I say?
Without you it’s so hard to live
Can’t take much more
Why can’t we love like we did before?

Forgetful heart
Like a walking shadow in my brain
All night long
I lay awake and listen to the sound of pain
The door has closed forevermore
If indeed there ever was a door

3 thoughts on “November 27: Bob Dylan singing a brilliant “Forgetful Heart” in London 2013

  1. Interesting song, every song writer wants to write his or her version of the Hank Williams thoughtful, self searching country Ballad “Your Cheatin’. Heart.” Bobby succeeds better than most,. In my latest book “Songs of a Traveling Troubadour” there is a section about searching for “the ring of truth.” In this matter bobby has succeeded in reaching heights in his metaphorical masterpieces that as a whole will never be matched However this simple country song sounds a bit out of his lane.. Here’s an example of a song written in that style that has the sound of being born from real personal pain, with a similar name, “Hurtin’ Heart.” It’s an interesting comparison: JRW

  2. I was there that night and i distinctly remember thinking the audience was as One during the song and that it was the highlight of the set. I honestly felt like one heart was beating for us all during this song. Never had that feeling before at a gig and have not had it since. The audience was as still and quiet as if at a church service in the Deep South. It was incredibly moving to experience.

    Oh, if John Winn wants to spoil it for everyone let him know Your Cheatin’ Heart is not the obvious template for this song. It is The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King. I would have thought anyone could hear this.

    1. Hey Sid,
      Wow i guess i put my foot in it, I was not there as you were but i had watched the video and I do agree that the audience was really with him. I’m now 86 and have no wish to, as you said in your words, “spoil it for everyone,”. I also agree that ‘The Thrill is Gone” might well be the musical template but the lyrics in “Forgetful Heart” have a country drift that for me is hard to dismiss. Bobby and I were well acquainted back in the early1960s and his devotion to Woody and his songs and early blues singers like Mississippi John Hurt were well known. Another influence was Dave Van Ronk, Tom Paxton, Freddy Neil, and a host of others were all a part of the Greenwich Village scene. I was there then and I am still a fervent admirer of Bobby’s genius. As for critique, Bobby was not one to mince words.. Suze Rotolo, his lady of those days, and I were friends and she once told me “John, Bobby doesn’t like the kind of music you sing but he likes the way you sing it.” A curious but correct comment on my style, better explained In Suze’s book, “A Free Wheelin’ Time.” Starting with the last paragraph on page 48, continued on page 49 She describes how I would get Bobby, Dave Van Ronk, Ed McCurdy and myself on stage at “The Gaslight” and we would sing madrigals. It was a hoot. FYI I’ve written two books on the troubadour tradition available on Amazon. if you’re at all interested here’s my website.

      PS’ when I Listen to Bobby my 1st choice is “Blond on Blond” and the thrill is still here. I wish for you many days of good and passionate listening to Bobby’s Music and other great artists like BB King JRW

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