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Monday, November 20, 2017

T.C. Boyle Jonathan Swift Award












Monday, October 23, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Old Rock 'n' Roller





Bob Dylan - Old Rock 'n' Roller - Hamburg, Germany, 3 July 1990
Only live performance (Bob Dylan Official Website)
Written by Charlie Daniels, Jack Gavin, Charlie Hayward & Taz DiGregorio

Performed by Bob Dylan at Stadtpark, Hamburg, D, July 3, 1990, 
and Sporthalle, Linz, A, Jun 15, 1991
Bob Dylan Roots


Dylan's version introduced by him with the words: 
“In case you're wondering what happens to people like me, here's a song to tell about it”.
Eyolf Østrem, Dylan Chords


He's just an old rock 'n' roller playing music in a backstreet bar.
He sings a little flat and he never learned to play the guitar.
But he keeps on belting out them rhythm and blues,
"Long Tall Sally" and "Blue Suede Shoes".
He's just an old rock 'n' roller playing music in a backstreet bar.
He never faced the fact that he's never gonna be a star
He's just an old rock 'n' roller playing music in a backstreet bar.

He had a record in the sixties, it was big enough to go Top Ten.
And though he tried and he tried he never could make it happen again.
He's been living twenty years on bourbon and pride.
Jerry Lee went crazy and Elvis died.
Then his third wife left him but he never really thought it would last.
And now she ain't nothing but another little blast from the past.

But sometimes at night when the music and crowd's having fun,
He steps up on the mike with a gleam in his eye and once again he's twenty-one.
And then it's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and "Heartbreak Hotel" and "That'll Be The Day"
Then the Sweet Bird of Youth just flies away.

He's an earthbound eagle that never did learn to fly.
He ain't never gonna make it but he sure did give it a try.
So go dye your hair and turn the music up loud,
And when it's time to go at least you'll go down proud.
You ain't never gonna be nothing but what you are --
Just an old rock 'n' roller playing music in a backstreet bar,
Just an old rock 'n' roller playing music in a backstreet bar.

Also from the July 3rd, 1990 concert: No More One More Time






Friday, October 13, 2017

Trouble No More ~ Making a Liar Out of Me






I tell people, you just going through changes
And that you're acquainted both with night and day
That your money's good and you just being courageous
On them burning bridges knowing your feet are made of clay
Well I say you won't be destroyed by your inventions
That you brought it all under captivity
And that you really do have all the best intentions
But you're making a liar out of me

Well I say that you're just young and self-tormented
But that deep down you understand
The hopes and fears and dreams of the discontented
That threaten now to overtake your promised land
Well I say you'd not sow discord among brothers
Nor drain a man of his integrity
That you remember the cries of the orphans and their mothers
But you're making a liar out of me
But you're making a liar out of me

Well I say that, that ain't flesh and blood you're drinking
In the wounded empire of your fool's paradise
With a light above your head forever blinking
Turning virgins into merchandise
That you must have been beautiful when you were living
You remind me of some old-time used-to-be
I say you can be trusted with the power you been given
But you're making a liar out of me

So many things so hard to say as you stumble
To take refuge in your offices of shame
As the earth beneath my feet begins to rumble
And your young men die for nothin', not even fame
I say that someday you'll begin to trust us
And that your conscience has not been slain by conformity
That you stand up unafraid to believe in justice
But you're making a liar out of me
You're making a liar out of me

Well I can hear the sound of distant thunder
From an open window at the end of every hall
Now that you're gone I got to wonder
If you ever were here at all
I say you never sacrificed my children
To some false god of infidelity
And that it's not the Tower of Babel that you're building
But you're making a liar out of me
You're making a liar out of me
Well you're making a liar out of me


Dylan is talking to God (The King), saying: “I can tell the World this and I can tell the World that, I can tell the World all that you’ve told me. But the way this World of Yours is going discredits all those words and tries to make a liar out of me.” “In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was TROUBLED and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that TROUBLES me and I want to know what it means.” (Notice the caps – (Trouble No More) I think these lyrics reflect the plight of Daniel called upon to interpret the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. Certainly, the imagery is thickly compatible with the imagery of Daniel chapters 2 & 3. Dylan believes he was called upon by God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, to spread the Gospel and Christianity, and he backs it up in these lyrics with the Old Testament of Daniel. He identifies with Daniel whose words and actions changed the mind of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel urges his friends to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery of the King’s dream, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon (the World). During the night the mystery is revealed to Daniel in a vision and he praises the God of heaven saying: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace." Daniel was called upon by God to save the people of Babylon (The World). Dylan, during his Gospel years, was impassioned to SAVE the World from the fiery furnace of Hell. Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream


I Believe In You





Saturday, October 7, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, Washington, DC January 20, 1986








Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute, Washington, DC January 20, 1986
I Shall Be Released  & Blowin' In the Wind 
I Shall Be Released - Alternate Lyrics:
They say every man needs protection
They say that every man must fall
I swear I see my own reflection
Somewhere so high above this wall
I see my light come shinin'
I don't need no doctor or no priest
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
It don't take much to be a criminal
One wrong move and they'll turn you into one
At first decay is just subliminal
To protect yourself and your forever on the run
I see my light come shinin'
I don't need no doctor or no priest
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released
He will find you where your stayin'
Even in the arms of somebody elses wife
Your laughin' now, you should be prayin'
To be in the midnight hour of your life
I see my light come shinin'
I don't need no doctor or no priest
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released





Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Festival Express





On a train feelin' no pain, headed for Clavary, Alberta with friends.
Festival Express is a 2003 documentary film about the 1970 train tour of the same name across Canada taken by some of North America's most popular rock bands, including Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Bros, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.The film combines live footage shot during the 1970 concerts, as well as footage aboard the train itself, interspersed with present-day interviews with tour participants sharing their often humorous recollections of the events


Had to include this.  A rather long and far out "comment" beneath the video on youtube:

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