March 21, 2012

Mr. Tambourine Man

Then take me disappearin'
through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time,
far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees,
out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach
of crazy sorrow.

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky
with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea,
circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate
driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today
until tomorrow.

Clearly this video is from an alternate universe. This song was never this new. And nobody was ever this young.


As performed.


As recorded.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 21, 2012 11:23 AM
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And he's still going strong at age 70. Really strong.

Did you know that the 14th longest page on Wikipedia is simply a listing of his concert dates since 1988, when he was 47?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/fjelstud/the-100-longest-entries-on-wikipedia

Dude's like the Energizer Bunny.

Posted by: rickl at March 21, 2012 4:30 PM

I keep imagining what would have happened if the Byrds (actually McGuinn and the Wrecking Crew) had recorded more than a single verse.

Posted by: CGHill at March 21, 2012 6:21 PM

What kills me is the way Pete Seeger, ever the gatekeeper, is tapping his right foot out of sync with Dylan's tune. He is getting a seated bowel resection for free, and planning his next ax moves.

BD: "I came in through the door while nobody was watching it. Now that I'm in, they're going to have a hard time getting me back out."

Posted by: Casey Klahn at March 21, 2012 7:44 PM

I tried linking this before a couple weeks ago. Let's give it another shot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd_YVk27RBI

Posted by: rickl at March 21, 2012 8:40 PM

Dylan and Knopfler? Great, even with the rudimentary sound.

Posted by: vanderleun at March 21, 2012 9:40 PM

I didn't grow up on Dylan, but on his aftershocks.

I watched the first video a couple of times and it dawned on me that he was singing a kind of rap. Each verse is a wonderful, alliterative, river flowing from point to point, and in between it's a jumble of rhyming current to pull you along.

Dylan said so little with so many words, half of them just in there for show and rhyme. Yes, exactly so.

I have a newfound appreciation.

Posted by: Joan Of Argghh at March 22, 2012 4:18 AM

This song has words? It's not just a chorus?

Sigh. Pop music needs subtitles.

Posted by: Maureen at March 22, 2012 4:42 AM

Well... now I can see that it is a song by Bob Dylan, because even when he was young and comprehensible, he was singing songs that feel like you could order pizza during them. (Albeit a true pizza song is ten to fifteen chronological minutes long.)

But yeah, that actually sounds like a song worth singing. So why do people go all psychedelic with it? That makes it less comprehensible. You'd think that people would want to sing it like lieder, to bring out meaning, and not like blahblah. I could even understand someone doing, say, a ragtime version or a heavy metal version of this, but not an anesthetized one.

And if it was originally a Bob Dylan song, it's obvious why Shatner thought it would fit him. Dylan isn't actually singing, per se, and neither does Shatner. Hmm. Reevaluating.

Posted by: Maureen at March 22, 2012 4:53 AM

I've never understood how he remembers all the thousands of words to all those hundreds of songs. An interviewer once asked him, and he said something like, "what do you mean? I wrote 'em."

Right, that explains it.

Anyone who hasn't read his memoir, Chronicles, is in for a treat. Turns out his life is very much like one of his songs -- an impressionistic and ceaselessly creative verbal flow of consciousness. Which is as it should be.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at March 22, 2012 7:05 AM
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