Bob Dylan: 5 GREAT live versions of his brilliant song “Most of the Time”

I don’t know who I am most of the time. It doesn’t even matter to me.
~Bob Dylan (David Gates interview Sept 1997)

Most of The Time” is a “big song,” a major work, the sort of listening experience that brings people back to an album again and again.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)

From the album Oh Mercy (September 18, 1989), recorded March 12, 1989 @ The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. Produced by Daniel Lanois.

Live performances:

  • 23 times in 1989
  • 2 times in 1990
  • 11 times in 1992
  • First played – Beacon Theatre, NYC, 10 October 1989
  • Last performance – San Jose, California, 9 May 1992

The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
12 October 1989

Most of the time
I’m clear focused all around
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground
I can follow the path
I can read the signs
Stay right with it



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Bettye LaVette sings 6 Wonderful Bob Dylan songs – Happy 75th Birthday Bettye LaVette

I was in Italy on the same festival that he was on and coming out of my dressing room. Security would not let anyone out of the dressing room, and I said, “Well, why?” And they said, “Because Mr. Dylan is going onstage,” and I’m like, “Well, I don’t care! Let me out of my dressing room!” So I come out of my dressing room and I’m angry because he’s got my band and me and everybody trapped while he takes 50 steps to the stage. So I’m walking along the same path that he is, but on the other side of the room, and I said, “Hey, Robert Dylan!” And he was walking with his bass player and his bass player mouthed to him: “That’s Bettye LaVette!” He walked over to me, took my face in both his hands, kissed me dead on the mouth and walked on the stage. So that’s what we’ve done thus far [Laughs].
–Bettye LaVette (NPR interview, May 2018)

Bettye LaVette (born Betty Jo Haskins, January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.

In 2020, LaVette was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1989

My reason for getting into songwriting was having something to sing. My songs aren’t written for great singers. They’re written for me.
-Bob Dylan (Edna Gundersen interview for USA Today, September 21, 1989)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date May 27, 1989
End date November 15, 1989
Legs 3
Shows 21 in Europe
78 in North America
99 in total

Les Arènes
Frejus, France
13 June 1989

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G.E. Smith (guitar).

Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)

It was on one fine March morning,
When I bid New Orleans adieu,
And I was on the road to Jackson town,
My fortunes to renew,



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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1992

There comes a point for everything, but… ah, you know… playing music’s a full time job you know, It’s hard to shut if off and turn it off and on like a faucet.
-Bob Dylan (to Stuart Coupe, March 1992)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date March 18, 1992
End date November 15, 1992
Legs 5
No. of shows 20 in Oceania
61 in North America
11 in Europe
92 in Total

The early weeks of May found Dylan in resplendent form; some of the best shows of the NET are claimed to have come from these particular dates.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

The Warfield Theater
San Francisco, California
5 May 1992

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Jerry Garcia (guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Charlie Quintana (drums & percussion)

Idiot Wind

Someone’s got it in for me
They’re planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick
But when they will I can only guess



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