April 18, 2013

Pop Goes the Culture: Dylan, Gotta Serve Somebody

BOB DYLAN - Gotta Serve Somebody (October 20th, 1979) on Vimeo

This performance starts slow and light but then builds until it is nothing but an inevitable freight train. Hop that boxcar. Crank those speakers.Take that ride. Use this on this Sunday to WAKE UP! your congregation.

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Fred Tackett (guitar), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), Tim Drummond (bass), Terry Young (keyboards), Jim Keltner (drums), Regina Havis , Helena Springs , Mona Lisa Young (background vocals) Broadcast by NBC-TV, 20 October 1979 in the program "Saturday Night Live"

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 18, 2013 3:39 PM
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Forgive an 80 year old but is there an equivalent black Bob Dylan?

Just using a banned Greg phrase -- Just Asking.

Posted by: ChiefTestPilot at April 18, 2013 4:40 PM

Yes it was like a freight train. I saw him do it in Seattle an age ago. Very apt comparison.

Posted by: pbird at April 19, 2013 7:45 AM

Dylan at his best. No number of years can stop that train. Thanks for putting it out there so all could bear witness to how great he was.

Posted by: LT at April 19, 2013 10:26 AM

From when SNL was worth watching.

Posted by: Ron at April 19, 2013 4:26 PM

thanks for posting, havent seen this before

Posted by: dink at April 21, 2013 2:53 AM

I remember i was In a bar In Lake Geneva Wisconsin when this was on the TV in the bar. I asked them to turn it up. A little over a month later i saw him perform it live In Tempe AZ. at ASU Gammage Auditorium.

Posted by: stev at April 21, 2013 10:34 AM