Bob Dylan: Willin’ (Lowell George)

I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow
I’m drunk and dirty don’t ya know, and I’m still, willin’
Out on the road late at night, Seen my pretty Alice in every head light
Alice, Dallas Alice

Lowell Thomas George (April 13, 1945 – June 29, 1979) was an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the primary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat.

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

Song facts & different versions

From Songfacts:

This originally appeared on Little Feat’s debut album, but the version that has become famous was recorded for the follow-up, Sailin’ Shoes, in 1972. The original version has a faster tempo.

little feat sailin shoes

Guitarist/singer Lowell George wrote this before the group was even formed. The song is about a truck driver in the American southwest who makes some extra cash smuggling cigarettes and transporting illegals across the border from Mexico.

Although the band never had a charting single, this is arguably their best known song.

Little Feat – first version:
Little Feat – second version:
Little Feat – Live 1977 (HQ video):

Linda Ronstadt  – Live 1976

Steve Earle (from the album “Sidetracks”):

Tom Petty – LIVE HD (2013) Hollywood Fonda Theatre

The Byrds (LP: Outtake from the Untitled Sessions)

Dwight Yoakam – live

Lyrics

I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow
I’m drunk and dirty don’t ya know, and I’m still, willin’
Out on the road late at night, Seen my pretty Alice in every head light
Alice, Dallas Alice

I’ve been from Tuscon to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made
Driven the back roads so I wouldn’t get weighed
And if you give me: weed, whites, and wine
And you show me a sign
I’ll be willin’, to be movin’

I’ve been kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet
Had my head stoved in, but I’m still on my feet and I’m still… Willin’
Now I smuggled some smokes and folks from Mexico
Baked by the sun, every time I go to Mexico, and I’m still

And I been from Tuscon to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made
Driven the back roads so I wouldn’t get weighed
And if you give me: weed, whites, and wine
And you show me a sign
I’ll be willin’, to be movin

Bob Dylan

bob dylan live 1990

Dylan has performed this song 9 times in concert: 1990 (6), 1991 (1), 1992 (2) & 1995 (1).

Here are 3 of them…. 

Bob Dylan versions

Fair Park Music Hall
Dallas, Texas
6 September 1990

Maybe: Palmer Auditorium
Austin, Texas
9 September 1990

Paramount Performing Arts Center
Springfield, Massachusetts
12 October 1990

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