Bob Dylan: 6 Fabulous live versions of “License to Kill”

Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom
First step was touching the moon

Studio version:
Recorded: April 13, 1983
Location: Studio A, Power Station, New York City, New York
Producer: Mark Knopfler & Bob Dylan
Engineer: Neil Dorfsman

Live:
Performed onstage: 1984, 1986-88, 1993, 1995, 1998 -> 46 times
First time: May 28, 1984
Last time: Sep 26, 1998

NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
New York City, New York
22 March 1984

Late Night with David Letterman

St. Jakob Stadium
Basel, Switzerland
June 2, 1984

Now, they take him and they teach him and they groom him for life
And they set him on a path where he’s bound to get ill
Then they bury him with stars
Sell his body like they do used cars


The Forum
Inglewood
Los Angeles, California
6 June 1986

Amnesty International Benefit Concert

Now, he’s hell-bent for destruction, he’s afraid and confused
And his brain has been mismanaged with great skill
All he believes are his eyes
And his eyes, they just tell him lies


Park West
Park City
Salt Lake City, Utah
13 June 1988

Ya may be a noisemaker, spirit maker
Heartbreaker, backbreaker,
Leave no stone unturned
May be an actor in a plot
That might be all that you got
‘Till your error you clearly learn


Kongresový sál
Palác kultury
Prague, Czech Republic
13 March 1995

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool
And when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled
Oh, man is opposed to fair play
He wants it all and he wants it his way


Vorst Nationaal
Brussels, Belgium
17 June 1998

Now, there’s a woman on my block
She just sit there as the night grows still
She say who gonna take away his license to kill?


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