Bob Dylan: Listen to 5 Wonderful live versions of “Huck’s Tune”

The song itself is an indulgent delight, Dylan constructing myriad reasons why he’s ‘gonna have to put you down for a while’. And though the vocal may have been reined in to reflect the contracting range of recent years, it fully manages to sound as worldly wise as the words of wisdom that cavort off the page and onto tape. Using one of his favourite rhyming-schemes – that internal rhyme in line three – to maximum effect, he almost comes up with more quotable lines in a five-minute song than he managed on the whole of “Love and Theft”.
–> Heylin, Clinton. Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 2 1974-2008 (pp. 496-498).

Recorded @ Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida – 12-13 May 2006.
Released on the the album “The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989–2006” October 6, 2008.

It has been performed 7 times live, all in 2014.

Live debut:

Zepp DiverCity
Tokyo, Japan
4 April 2014

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, grand piano & harmonica)
  • Stu Kimball (guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Donnie Herron (violin, viola, mandolin, banjo, steel guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

Well I wandered alone
Through a desert of stone
And I dreamt of my future wife
My sword’s in my hand

Zepp DiverCity
Tokyo, Japan
5 April 2014

Every day we meet
On any old street
And you’re in your girlish prime
The short and the tall
Are coming to the ball

Zepp DiverCity
Tokyo, Japan
8 April 2014

Here come the nurse
With money in her purse
Here come the ladies and men
You push it all in
And you’ve no chance to win
You play ’em on down to the end
I’m laying in the sand
Getting a sunshine tan

Zepp Fukuoka
Fukuoka, Japan
19 April 2014

I count the years
And I shed no tears
I’m blinded to what might have been
Nature’s voice
Makes my heart rejoice

Zepp Namba
Osaka, Japan
23 April 2014

All the merry little elves
Can go hang themselves
My faith is as cold as can be
I’m stacked high to the roof
And I’m not without proof

One thought on “Bob Dylan: Listen to 5 Wonderful live versions of “Huck’s Tune”

  1. Once I got into that song I must have listened to it 100 times. Could not get enough of it.

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