Thursday, February 17, 2011

Toward The Sun




















"He had a steady job and a pretty face and everything seemed to fit,
One day he could just feel the waste - he put it all down and split..."

Real Live, Bob Dylan's 1984 European tour collection, is an album more or less as unimaginative as its title. It contains one true gem though: an inspired Tangled Up In Blue with rewritten lyrics Dylan obviously was very happy with, although he would fall back on the original ones soon after. It's hard to say if the new words make the song any better, or even easier to understand, but it sure is fun to spot the differences. And then again, Tangled never was a logical, linear story to begin with. Whatever the case, the Wembley audience knows what's happening here. They even know what it is: pure Dylan magic.

"Some are ministers of illusion, some are masters of the trade,
All under strong delusion, all of their beds unmade,
Me I'm heading toward the sun, trying to stay out of the joint,
We always did love the very same one, we just saw her from a different point of view..."

Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue (live ´84) MP3

2 comments:

Dave said...

We always did love the very same one, we just saw her from a different point of view..."
Is it me, or is that line the essence of Robert Zimmerman?

Craig Leavitt said...

great pick. I & I from that album is a soulful slow burn, far superior to the album version. License to Kill is sneering rueful Bob deluxe.