Bob Dylan: 5 Sublime live versions of “Visions of Johanna”

Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it

Recorded February 14, 1966 & released on “Blond On Blonde” June 20, 1966.

Gaumont Theatre
Sheffield, England
16 May 1966

In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off

Riverfront Park
Manchester, New Hampshire
3 September 1988

The ghost of ‘lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place

Theater Of Living Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
21 June 1995

But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles

Portsmouth, England
24 September 2000

Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel

The Point Depot
Dublin, Ireland
27 November 2005

The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev’rything’s been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes

6 thoughts on “Bob Dylan: 5 Sublime live versions of “Visions of Johanna”

  1. Live is good. I like every version here but as a friend 0f Bobby from our younger years I still like the clarity of his version on “Blond on Blond”. It’s the one I listen to most often. It is Valentines day and i include here a post of a song I wrote of love lost and love found.. JRW

  2. Egil: Being 86 is my excuse for sending my previous comment with the wrong link. The one I mistakenly posted was an old demo from 1960 of how I sounded back in those early days when we were all friends and new to the scene.. Along with other voices of the time like Dave Van Ronk and Ramblin’ Jack we were all kids on the block, then Bobby started writing songs and you know the rest .Here’s the correct link to a song of “love lost and love found” I wrote and posted In a Valentines day video for my wife Kristin. “Why do I Feel the way that I do.” It’s a good day for a love song. I hope you enjoy it. you JRW

  3. That version from the UK in 2000 for sure is spectacular. This is a good song; someone should name a website after it, don’t you think?

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