Ring them bells, ye heathen, from the city that dreams,
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide and the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards and so is the bride.
This brilliant song has been performed 31 times live by Dylan.
First performance: Mid-Hudson Arena, Poughkeepsie, New York – October 20, 1989
Last performance: Messehalle, Erfurt, Germany – November 6, 2005
Top year was 1994 – 5 performances
Poughkeepsie, New York
20 October 1989
Ring them bells, St. Peter, where the four winds blow,
Ring them bells with an iron hand so the people will know.
Oh, it’s rush hour now on the wheel and the plow
And the sun is a-going down upon the sacred cow.
He was a giant, a great, great soul, with all the humanity, all the wit and humor, all the wisdom, the spirituality, the common sense of a man and compassion for people. He inspired love and had the strength of a hundred men. He was like the sun, the flowers and the moon and we shall miss him enormously. The world is a profoundly emptier place without him.
– Bob Dylan (George Harrison’s Obituary, Nov 2001)
“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
– George Harrison
“The Beatles saved the world from boredom.”
– George Harrison
Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne induct George Harrison Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004:
“My girlfriend had been killed in a car crash and the only place I could exist was in the studio, Garcia would come every night. The Airplane and the Dead were recording in the same complex… They were all buddies of mine…” – David Crosby about the recording of his masterpiece (Mojo)
Rolling Stone Magazine put it at number 37 of the “Greatest Stoner Albums” and said: “Like a super-stoned campfire jam with an A-list of Cali hippie-rockers – including Joni Mitchell and most of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and CSNY – this hazy solo project by the altered-consciousness overachiever sounds like it was pretty much made up on the spot. See the toasted strum-fest “Music Is Love” (with Neil Young on congas!) and “Tamalpais High,” with Jerry Garcia and Jorma Kaukonen noodling around wordless Crosby-Nash harmonies. By the time it’s over, you may not remember your name, either.”
I believe a couple of Santana and Quicksilver Messenger Service members also visited.
David Crosby – Cowboy Movie (Live, Jan 31, 2014) a very fine version! :