Volume 17. Desire

 

 

Who Love (If Not You Love) (David Blue)

First performed summer 1975, Los Angeles, California, Elektra Sound Studios

 

Summer 1975, Los Angeles, California, Elektra Sound Studios. David Blue recording session

 

Sideman. Bob Dylan plays guitar

 

Who Love (If Not You Love). 1975summer

 

 

How Long (Leroy Carr)

First performed 3 July 1975, New York City, New York, Other End

 

3 July 1975, New York City, New York, Other End Club

 

Sideman. Jack Elliott vocals, Bob Dylan, guitar

 

How Long. 19750703

 

 

Abandoned Love

First performed 3 July 1975, New York City, New York, Other End

 

3 July 1975, New York City, New York, Other End Club. On bootleg Dignity

 

I can hear the turning of the key

I've been deceived by the clown inside of me

I thought that he was righteous but he's vain

Something's a telling me I wear the ball and chain

 

My patron saint is a fighting with a ghost

He's always off somewhere when I need him most

The Spanish moon is rising on the hill

But my heart is a tellin' me, I love you still

 

I come back to the town from the flaming moon

I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon

 love to see you dress before the mirror

Won't you let me in your room one time before I disappear

 

Everybody's wearing a disguise

To hide what they've got left behind their eyes

But me, I can't cover what I am

Wherever the children go I'll follow them

 

I can't play the game no more, I can't abide

By the stupid rules that get me sick inside

They've been made by men who's given up the search

Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church

 

I march in the parade of liberty

But as long as I love you I'm not free

How long must I suffer such abuse

Won't you let me see you smile before I cut you loose

 

Send out for Saint John the Evangelist

All my friends are drunk, they can be dismissed

My head says that it's time to make a change

But my heart is telling me I love you but you're strange

 

So step lightly, darling, near the wall

Put on your heavy make-up, wear your shawl

Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit

Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it

 

31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session, #1, released on Biograph

 

My heart is telling me I love you still

 

I can see the turning of the key

I've been deceived by the clown inside of me

I thought that he was righteous but he's vain

Oh, something's a telling me I wear the ball and chain

 

My patron saint is a fighting with a ghost

He's always off somewhere when I need him most

The Spanish moon is rising on the hill

But my heart is a tellin' me, I love you still

 

I come back to the town from the flaming moon

I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon

I love to see you dress before the mirror

Won't you let me in your room one time before I finally disappear

 

Everybody's wearing a disguise

To hide what they've got left behind their eyes

But me, I can't cover what I am

Wherever the children go I'll follow them

 

I march in the parade of liberty

But as long as I love you I'm not free

How long must I suffer such abuse

Won't you let me see you smile before I turn you loose

 

I've given up the game, I've got to leave

The pot of gold is only make-believe

The treasure can't be found by men who search

Whose Gods are dead and whose queens are in the church

 

We sat in an empty theater and we kissed

I asked you please to cross me off your list

My head tells me it's time to make a change

But my heart is telling me I love you but you're strange

 

Go one more time at midnight, near the wall

Take off your heavy make up and your shawl

Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit

Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it

 

VARIATIONS Abandoned Love. Compared with the take released on Biograph, recorded 31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session, #1

 

     Not sung                                                                                                               3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

My heart is telling me I love you still

 

I can see the turning of the key

     I can hear the turning of the key                                                                       3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

I've been deceived by the clown inside of me

I thought that he was righteous but he's vain

Oh, something's a telling me I wear the ball and chain

     Something's a telling me I wear the ball and chain                                        3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

 

My patron saint is a fighting with a ghost

He's always off somewhere when I need him most

The Spanish moon is rising on the hill

But my heart is a tellin' me, I love you still

 

I come back to the town from the flaming moon

I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon

I love to see you dress before the mirror

Won't you let me in your room one time before I finally disappear

 

Everybody's wearing a disguise

To hide what they've got left behind their eyes

But me, I can't cover what I am

Wherever the children go I'll follow them

 

     I can't play the game no more, I can't abide                                                   3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

     By the stupid rules that get me sick inside                                                      3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

     They've been made by men who's given up the search                               3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

     Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church                       3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

 

I march in the parade of liberty

But as long as I love you I'm not free

How long must I suffer such abuse

Won't you let me see you smile before I turn you loose

     Won't you let me see you smile before I cut you loose                                 3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

 

     Verse not sung                                                                                                     3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

I've given up the game, I've got to leave

The pot of gold is only make-believe

The treasure can't be found by men who search

Whose Gods are dead and whose queens are in the church

 

We sat in an empty theater and we kissed

     Send out for Saint John the Evangelist                                                           3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

I asked you please to cross me off your list

     All my friends are drunk, they can be dismissed                                            3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

My head tells me it's time to make a change

     My head says that it's time to make a change                                                3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

But my heart is telling me I love you but you're strange

 

Go one more time at midnight, near the wall

     So step lightly, darling, near the wall                                                               3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

Take off your heavy make up and your shawl

     Put on your heavy make-up, wear your shawl                                               3 July 1975, New York City, Other End

Won't you descend from the throne, from where you sit

Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it

 

Abandoned Love. 19750703, 19750731#1

 

 

Rita May [Rita Mae] (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 14 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire recording session, #4. Released on Masterpieces

 

Rita May, Rita May, you got your body in the way

You're so damn nonchalant, but it's your mind that I want

You got me huffin' and a-puffin', next to you I feel like nothin' Rita May

 

Rita May, Rita May, how'd you ever get that way?

When do you ever see the light, don't you ever feel a fright?

You got me burnin' and I'm turnin' but I know I must be learnin' Rita May

 

All my friends have told me if I hang around with you that I'll go blind

But when you hold me I know there must be somethin' on your mind

 

Rita May, Rita May, won't you come out and play

Won't you tell me where you been, what's the crazy place you're in?

I'm gonna have to go to college 'cause you are the book of knowledge Rita May

 

All my friends have told me if I hang around with you that I'll go blind

But I know when you hold me that there really must be somethin' on your mind

 

Rita May, Rita May, you got your body in the way

You're so damn nonchalant, it's your mind that I want

I'm gonna have to go to college 'cause you are the book of knowledge Rita May

 

VARIATIONS Rita May. Compared with the take released on Masterpieces, recorded 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire recording session, #4.

 

Rita May, Rita May, you got your body in the way

You're so damn nonchalant, but it's your mind that I want

You got me huffin' and a-puffin', next to you I feel like nothin' Rita May

 

Rita May, Rita May, how'd you ever get that way

When do you ever see the light, don't you ever feel a fright

     When do you see the light, don't you ever feel a fright                                                                14 July 1975, DRS#7

     Don't you ever see the light, don't you ever feel a fright                                                      15 April 1976, Clearwater

You got me burnin' and I'm turnin' but I know I must be learnin' Rita May

     You got me burnin' and I'm turnin', close to you I must be learnin', Rita May                  15 April 1976, Clearwater

 

All my friends have told me if I hang around with you that I'll go blind

But when you hold me I know there must be somethin' on your mind

     But I know when you hold that there really must be somethin' on your mind                          14 July 1975, DRS#7

 

Rita May, Rita May, won't you come out and play

     Rita May, Rita May, don't you ever get that way                                                 3 May 1976, New Orleans, evening

Won't you tell me where you been, what's the crazy place you're in

     Do you remember where you been, what's that crazy place you're in                                      14 July 1975, DRS#7

     Better tell me where you been, what's that crazy place you're in?                                    15 April 1976, Clearwater

     Don't you ever feel afraid, don't you ever feel afraid                                           3 May 1976, New Orleans, evening

I'm gonna have to go to college 'cause you are the book of knowledge Rita May

     You got me had me go to college 'cause you are the book of knowledge, Rita May      15 April 1976, Clearwater

 

All my friends have told me if I hang around with you that I'll go blind

But I know when you hold me that there really must be somethin' on your mind

 

Rita May, Rita May, you got your body in the way

     Rita May, Rita May, won't you come out and play                                                                        14 July 1975, DRS#7

     Rita May, Rita May, don't you ever get that way                                                 3 May 1976, New Orleans, evening

You're so damn nonchalant, it's your mind that I want

     Do you remember where you been, what's that crazy place you're in                                      14 July 1975, DRS#7

     Don't you ever feel afraid, don't you ever feel a [laugh]                                      3 May 1976, New Orleans, evening

 

I'm gonna have to go to college 'cause you are the book of knowledge Rita May

 

     Oh Rita, oh Rita, oh Rita, oh Rita, oh Rita                                                                                     14 July 1975, DRS#7

     (background singers) I like the boy with the dreamy eyes)                                                         14 July 1975, DRS#7

     (background singers) [???]                                                                                                               14 July 1975, DRS#7  

     Oh Rita                                                                                                                                                 14 July 1975, DRS#7

 

Rita May. 19750714#7, 19750730#4, 19751019, 19760415, 19760503eve

 

 

Joey (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 14 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #1, released on Desire

 

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who knows when

Opened up his eyes to the tune of an accordion

Always on the outside of whatever side there was

When they asked him why it had to be that way, Well, he answered,  just because

 

Larry was the oldest, Joey was next to last

They called Joe, Crazy, the baby they called, Kid Blast

Some say they lived off gambling and running numbers too

It always seemed they got caught between the mob and the men in blue

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

There was talk they killed their rivals but the truth was far from that

No one ever knew for sure where they were really at

When they tried to strangle Larry, Joey almost hit the roof

He went out that night to seek revenge thinking he was bulletproof

 

When the war broke out at the break of dawn it emptied out the streets

Joey and his brothers suffered terrible defeats

Till they ventured out behind the lines and took five prisoners

They stashed them away in a basement, called them amateurs

 

The hostages were trembling when they heard a man exclaim

Let's blow this place to kingdom come let Con Edison take the blame

But Joey stepped up, and he raised his hand and said, We're not those kind of men

It's peace and quiet that we need to go back to work again

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

The police department hounded him, they called him Mr. Smith

They got him on conspiracy, they were never sure who with

What time is it, said the judge to Joey when they met

Five to ten, said Joey. The judge says, That's exactly what you get

 

He did ten years in Attica, reading Nietzsche and Wilhelm Reich

They threw him in the hole one time for trying to stop a strike

His closest friends were black men 'cause they seemed to understand

What it's like to be in society with a shackle on your hand

 

They let him out in '71 he'd lost a little weight

But he dressed like Jimmy Cagney and I swear he did look great

He tried to find the way back into the life he left behind

To the boss he said, I have returned and now I want what's mine

 

Joe, Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

It was true that in his later years he would not carry a gun

I'm around too many children, he'd say, they should never know of one

Yet he walked right into the clubhouse of his lifelong deadly foe

Emptied out the register, said, Tell 'em it was Crazy Joe

 

One day they blew him down in a clam bar in New York

He could see it coming through the doors as he lifted up his fork

He pushed the table over to protect his family

Then he staggered out into the streets of Little Italy

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

Sister Jacqueline and Carmela and Mother Mary all did weep

I heard his best friend Frankie say, He ain't dead he's just asleep

Then I saw the old man's limousine head back towards the grave

I guess he had to say one last goodbye to the son that he could not save

 

The sun turned cold over President Street and the town of the Brooklyn mourned

They said a mass in the old church near the house where he was born

And someday if God's in heaven overlooking his preserve

I know the men that shot him down will get what they deserve

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

VARIATIONS Joey. Compare with the take released on Desire, recorded 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session,#1

 

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who knows when

Opened up his eyes to the tune of an accordion

     He opened up his eyes to the tune of an accordion                                                                     14 July 1975, DRS#?

Always on the outside of whatever side there was

When they asked him why it had to be that way, Well, he answered, Just because

 

Larry was the oldest, Joey was next to last

They called Joe, Crazy, the baby they called, Kid Blast

Some say they lived off gambling and running numbers too

It always seemed they got caught between the mob and the men in blue

     They always seemed to walk between the mob and the men in blue                                       14 July 1975, DRS#?

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

There was talk they killed their rivals but the truth was far from that

No one ever knew for sure where they were really at

When they tried to strangle Larry, Joey almost hit the roof

He went out that night to seek revenge thinking he was bulletproof

 

When the war broke out at the break of dawn it emptied out the streets

     The war broke out at the break of dawn it emptied out the streets                                            14 July 1975, DRS#?

Joey and his brothers suffered terrible defeats

Till they ventured out behind the lines and took five prisoners

They stashed them away in a basement, called them amateurs

 

The hostages were trembling when they heard a man exclaim

Let's blow this place to kingdom come let Con Edison take the blame

But Joey stepped up, and he raised his hand and said, We're not those kind of men

     But Joey stepped up, and he raised his hand, said, We're not those kind of men                  14 July 1975, DRS#?

It's peace and quiet that we need to go back to work again

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

The police department hounded him, they called him Mr. Smith

     The police department hounded him and they called him Mr. Smith                                        14 July 1975, DRS#?

They got him on conspiracy, they were never sure who with

     They got him on conspiracy but they were never sure who with                                               14 July 1975, DRS#?

What time is it, said the judge to Joey when they met

Five to ten, said Joey. The judge says, That's exactly what you get

 

He did ten years in Attica, reading Nietzsche and Wilhelm Reich

They threw him in the hole one time for trying to stop a strike

His closest friends were black men 'cause they seemed to understand

What it's like to be in society with a shackle on your hand

     What it was like to be in society with a shackle on your hand                                                    14 July 1975, DRS#?

 

They let him out in '71 he'd lost a little weight

     When they let him out in '71 he'd lost a little weight                                                                     14 July 1975, DRS#?

But he dressed like Jimmy Cagney and I swear he did look great

He tried to find the way back into the life he left behind

     He tried to find the way back into the life that he left behind                                                      14 July 1975, DRS#?

To the boss he said, I have returned and now I want what's mine

 

Joe, Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

     Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay                                                                                 14 July 1975, DRS#?

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

It was true that in his later years he would not carry a gun

I'm around too many children, he'd say, they should never know of one

Yet he walked right into the clubhouse of his lifelong deadly foe

     But he walked right into the clubhouse of his lifelong deadly foe                                               14 July 1975, DRS#?

Emptied out the register, said, Tell 'em it was Crazy Joe

     He emptied out the register, said, Tell 'em it was Crazy Joe                                                      14 July 1975, DRS#?

 

One day they blew him down in a clam bar in New York

     They came for him and they threw him down in a clam bar in New York                                 14 July 1975, DRS#?

He could see it coming through the doors as he lifted up his fork

He pushed the table over to protect his family

Then he staggered out into the streets of Little Italy

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

Sister Jacqueline and Carmela and Mother Mary all did weep

I heard his best friend Frankie say, He ain't dead, he's just asleep

Then I saw the old man's limousine head back towards the grave

I guess he had to say one last goodbye to the son that he could not save

     I guess he went to say one last goodbye to the son that he could not save                            14 July 1975, DRS#?

 

The sun turned cold over President Street and the town of the Brooklyn mourned

They said a mass in the old church near the house where he was born

And someday if God's in heaven overlooking his preserve

I know the men that shot him down will get what they deserve

 

Joey, Joey, King of the streets, child of clay

Joey, Joey, what made them want to come and blow you away

 

Joey. 19750714#?, 19750730#1, 19751019

 

 

Romance In Durango (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E.. 2nd Desire session, #2. Released on Desire

 

Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun, dust on my face and my cape

Me and Magdalena on the run, I think this time we shall escape

 

Sold my guitar to the baker’s son for a few crumbs and a place to hide

But I can get another one and I’ll play for Magdalena as we ride

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people, hoof beats like castanets on stone

At night I dream of bells in the village steeple, then I see the bloody face of Ramon

 

Was it me that shot him down in the Cantina, was it my hand that held the gun

Come, let us fly, my Magdalena, the dogs are barking and what’s done is done

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

In the corrida we’ll sit in the shade and watch the young torero stand alone

We’ll drink tequila where our grandfathers stayed when they rode with Villa into Torreón

 

Then the padre will recite the prayers of old in the little church this side of town

I will wear new boots and an earring of gold, you’ll shine with diamonds in your wedding gown

 

The way it is long but the end is near, already the fiesta has begun

The face of God will appear with His serpent eyes of obsidian

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

Was that the thunder that I heard, my head is vibrating, I feel a sharp pain

Come sit by me, don’t say a word, oh, can it be that I am slain

 

Quick, Magdalena, take my gun, look up in the hills, that flash of light

Aim well my little one, we may not make it through the night

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

VARIATIONS Romance In Durango. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E, 2nd Desire session, #2

 

Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun, dust on my face and my cape

Me and Magdalena on the run, I think this time we shall escape

 

Sold my guitar to the baker’s son for a few crumbs and a place to hide

But I can get another one and I’ll play for Magdalena as we ride

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people, hoof beats like castanets on stone

At night I dream of bells in the village steeple, then I see the bloody face of Ramon

 

Was it me that shot him down in the Cantina, was it my hand that held the gun

Come, let us fly, my Magdalena, the dogs are barking and what’s done is done

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

In the corrida we’ll sit in the shade and watch the young torero stand alone

     Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people, I watch the young torero stand alone          23 Jan 1976, Reh

We’ll drink tequila where our grandfathers stayed when they rode with Villa into Torreón

 

Then the padre will recite the prayers of old in the little church this side of town

     There in the street the face of God will appear, just a little [???] this side of town                 4 Dec 1975, Montreal

I will wear new boots and an earring of gold, you’ll shine with diamonds in your wedding gown

 

The way it is long but the end is near, already the fiesta has begun

The face of God will appear with His serpent eyes of obsidian

     In the streets the face of God will soon appear with the serpent eyes of obsidian            19 Nov 1975, Worcester

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

Was that the thunder that I heard, my head is vibrating, I feel a sharp pain

Come sit by me, don’t say a word, oh, can it be that I am slain

 

Quick, Magdalena, take my gun, look up in the hills, that flash of light

Aim well my little one, we may not make it through the night

 

No Ilores, mi querida, dios nos vigila, soon, the horse will take us to Durango

Agarrame, mi vida, soon the desert will be gone, soon you will be dancing the fandango

 

Romance In Durango. 19750728#2, 19751019, 19751030, 19751111, 19751119, 19751120, 19751121aft, 19751121eve, 19751126, 19751204, 19751208, 19760511, 19760123

 

 

Money Blues (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

 

One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #1, released on Desire

 

Your breath is sweet, [oeet] your eyes are like two jewels in the sky

Your back is straight, your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie

But I don't sense affection, no gratitude or love

Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

Your daddy he's an outlaw and a wanderer by trade

He'll teach you how to pick and choose and how to throw the blade

He oversees his kingdom so no stranger does intrude

His voice it trembles as he calls out for another plate of food

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

Your sister sees the future like your mama and yourself

You've never learned to read or write, there's no books upon your shelf

And your pleasure knows no limits, your voice is like a meadowlark

But your heart is like an ocean, mysterious and dark

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

VARIATIONS One More Cup Of Coffee. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #1

 

Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky

Your back is straight, your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie

     Your mouth [?], your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie                                             30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

But I don't sense affection, no gratitude or love

     But I don't sense affection, no neither gratitude or love                                                            1 July 1978, Nürnberg

Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above

     Your voice and [???] is not to me but to the stars above                                          5 July 1978, Paris, soundcheck

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

Your daddy he's an outlaw and a wanderer by trade

He'll teach you how to pick and choose and how to throw the blade

He oversees his kingdom so no stranger does intrude

     He oversees his kingdom where no stranger does intrude                                                       1 July 1978, Nürnberg

His voice it trembles as he calls out for another plate of food

     His voice it trembles as he's calling out for another plate of food                              21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

     With a voice that trembles when he calls for one more plate of food                               15 Nov 1978, Los Angeles

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

Your sister sees the future like your mama and yourself

     Your sister she reads the future like your mama and yourself                                          19 Oct 1975, New Ork City

     Your sister sees the future, she was born to read my mind                                           15 April 1976, Clearwater#1

You've never learned to read or write, there's no books upon your shelf

     [???]                                                                                                                                         15 April 1976, Clearwater#1

     Your reality has no limits, [???]                                                                                           15 April 1976, Clearwater#2

     She's never learned to read or write, there's no books upon her shelf                                     1 March 1978, Tokyo

And your pleasure knows no limits, she [???] like a medal of gold

     And her pleasure knows no limits, your voice is like a meadowlark                              15 April 1976, Clearwater#2

But your heart is like an ocean, mysterious and dark

     But her heart is like an ocean, mysterious and cold                                                        15 April 1976, Clearwater#2

 

One more cup of coffee for the road, one more cup of coffee 'fore I go to the valley below

 

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Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #2, released on Desire

 

Oh, sister, when I come to lie in your arms, you should not treat me like a stranger

Our Father would not like the way that you act and you must realize the danger

 

Oh, sister, am I not a brother to you, and one deserving of affection

And is our purpose not the same on this earth, to love and follow His direction

 

We grew up together from the cradle to the grave

We died and were reborn and then mysteriously saved

 

Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door, don’t turn away, you’ll create sorrow

Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore, you may not see me tomorrow

 

VARIATIONS Oh, Sister. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #2

 

Oh, sister, when I come to lie in your arms, you should not treat me like a stranger

     Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door, you should not treat me like a stranger      4 Dec 1975, Montreal

     Oh, sister, when I come to lie in your arms, don't turn away like a stranger                                  3 July 1978, Paris

Our Father would not like the way that you act and you must realize the danger

     Our Father would not like the way that you act, you [should] realize the danger                  10 Sep 1975, Chicago

 

Oh, sister, am I not a brother to you and one deserving of affection

And is our purpose not the same on this earth, to love and follow His direction

 

We grew up together from the cradle to the grave

We died and were reborn and then mysteriously saved

 

Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door, don’t turn away, you’ll create sorrow

Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore, you may not see me tomorrow

 

     We grew up together from the cradle to the grave                                                             11 May 1976, San Antonio

     We died and were reborn and then mysteriously saved                                                    11 May 1976, San Antonio

 

     Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door, don’t turn away, you’ll create sorrow      11 5 1976, San Antonio

     Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore, you may not see me tomorrow                    11 May 1976, San Antonio

 

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Catfish (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

28 July 1975, NYC, NY, CBS, Studio E. 3rd Desire session, #1 (Info Bootleg series 1-3) or

29 July 1975, NYC, NY, CBS, Studio E. 3rd Desire session, #1 or #2, (Olof Bjorner)

Released on The Bootleg Series Volume 3

 

Lazy stadium night, Catfish on the mound

Strike three, the umpire said, batter have to go back and sit down

 

Catfish, million-dollar-man, nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

 

Used to work on Mr. Finley’s farm, but the old man wouldn’t pay

So he packed his glove and took his arm and one day he just ran away

 

Catfish, million-dollar-man, nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

 

Come up where the Yankees are dress up in a pinstripe suit

Smoke a custom-made cigar, wear an alligator boot

 

Catfish, million-dollar-man, nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

 

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Hurricane (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 28 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

24 October 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Studio 1. 6th and last Desire session, #2 spliced with #6. Released on Desire

 

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night, enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall

She sees the bartender in a pool of blood, cries out, My God, they killed them all

 

Here comes the story of the Hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame

For something that he never done, put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been the champion of the world

 

Three bodies lyin' there, does Patty see, and another man named Bello, moving around mysteriously

I didn’t do it, he says, and he throws up his hands, I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand

 

I saw them leaving, he says, and he stops, one of us had better call up the cops

And so Patty calls the cops, and they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashin' in the hot New Jersey night

 

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town, Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around

Number one contender for the middleweight crown had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down

 

When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road,just like the time before and the time before that

In Paterson that’s just the way things go, if you’re black, you might as well not show up on the street

Unless you want to draw the heat

 

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops

Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowling around

He said, “I saw two men running out, they looked like middleweights

Jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates”

 

And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head, cop said, Wait a minute, boys, this one’s not dead

So they took him to the infirmary, and though this man could hardly see

They told him he could identify the guilty men

 

Four in the morning and they haul Rubin in,they take him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs

The wounded man looks up through his one dying eye, say, Why did you bring him in here for, he ain't the guy

 

Here’s the story of the Hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame for something that he never done

Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been the champion of the world

 

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame, Rubin’s in South America, fighting for his name

While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game

And the cops are putting the screws to him, lookin' for somebody to blame

 

Remember that murder that happened in a bar, remember you said you saw the getaway car

You think you’d like to play ball with the law, think it might-a been that fighter that you saw

Running that night, don’t forget that you are white

 

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, I’m really not sure, the cops said, “A poor boy like you could use a break

We got you for the motel job, and we’re talking to your friend Bello

You don’t want to have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow

 

You’ll be doing society a favor, that son of a bitch is brave and gettin' braver

We want to put his ass in stir, we want to pin this triple murder on him

He ain’t no Gentleman Jim”

 

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch, but he never did like to talk about it all that much

It’s my work, he’d say, and I do it for pay, and when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way

 

Up to some paradise where the trout streams flow and the air is nice

And ride a horse along the trail, but then they took him to the jailhouse

Where they try to turn a man into a mouse

 

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance, the trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance

The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums t

To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum

 

And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger, no one doubted that he pulled the trigger

And though they could not produce the gun

The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed and the all-white jury agreed

 

Rubin Carter was falsely tried,the crime was murder One, guess who testified

Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied and the newspapers, they all went along for the ride

 

How can the life of such a man be in the palm of some fool’s hand

To see him obviously framed, couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed

To live in a land where justice is a game

 

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties are free to drink Martinis, and watch the sun rise

While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell an innocent man in a living hell

 

Yes that’s the story of the Hurricane, but it won’t be over till they clear his name

And give him back the time he’s done, put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world

 

VARIATIONS Hurricane. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 24 October 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Studio 1. 6th and last Desire session, #2 spliced with #6

 

Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night

Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall

     Enter Patty Valentine from the floor above                                                                                    28 July 1975, DRS#1

     Enter Patty Valentine from the outer hall                                                                                  19 Nov 1975, Worcester

She sees the bartender in a pool of blood

Cries out, My God, they killed them all

     Cries out, they killed my love                                                                                                           28 July 1975, DRS#1

 

Here comes the story of the Hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame

For something that he never done

Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been the champion of the world

 

Three bodies lyin' there, does Patty see

And another man named Bello, moving around mysteriously

     And another man, Arthur Dexter Bradley                                                                                       28 July 1975, DRS#1

     And another man named Bello, moving mysteriously                                                            19 Nov 1975, Worcester

I didn’t do it, he says, and he throws up his hands

     I didn’t do it, he says, he raises his hands                                                                          21 Oct 1975, New York City

I was only robbin' the register, I hope you understand

     I was only robbin' the bodies, I hope you understand                                                                  28 July 1975, DRS#1

     I was only robbin' the register, you understand                                                         21 Nov 1975, Boston, afternoon

 

I saw them leaving, he says, and he stops

One of us had better call up the cops

     One of us had better hurry-up call up the cops                            10 Sep 1975, Chicago, World of John Hammond

And so Patty calls the cops, and they arrive on the scene

With their red lights flashin' in the hot New Jersey night

 

Meanwhile, far away in another part of town

Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around

     Rubin Carter and a couple of friends of his were drivin' around                                                 21 Nov 1975, Boston

Number one contender for the middleweight crown

Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down

     Had no idea what kinda shit was going down                                                                               28 July 1975, DRS#1

     Had no idea what was coming down                                                                                   21 Oct 1975, New York City

 

When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road

Just like the time before and the time before that

In Paterson that’s just the way things go

     In Paterson I guess that’s just the way things go                                                              21 Oct 1975, New York City

     In Paterson that’s the way things go                                                                                         19 Nov 1975, Worcester

If you’re black, you might as well not show up on the street

Unless you want to draw the heat

 

Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops

     Now Arthur Dexter Bradley laid this rap on the cops                                                                   28 July 1975, DRS#1

     Alfred Bello laid this rap on the cops                                                                                         19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     Alfred Bello had a rap for the cops                                                                                                 4 Dec 1975, Montreal

Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowling around

     I just came in the place and I could see what I could steal                                                         28 July 1975, DRS#1

     He and Arthur Dexter Bradley were there prowling around                                                   19 Nov 1975, Worcester

He said, I saw two men running out, they looked like middleweights

     I saw two men running out, they looked like middleweights                                                       28 July 1975, DRS#1

     He saw two men running out, who looked like middleweights                                              19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     He just  [???] to see what he good feel                                                                                    11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

Jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates

     [Remember] the white car with out of state plates                                                                  11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

 

And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head

Cop said, Wait a minute, boys, this one’s not dead

So they took him to the infirmary

And though this man could hardly see

They told him he could identify the guilty men

 

Four in the morning and they haul Rubin in

     Four hours later they haul Rubin in                                                                      10 Sep 1975, Chicago, World of J.H.

     Four months later they haul Rubin in                                                                                          29 Oct 1975, Falmouth

They take him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs

     Taking him to the hospital and they brought him upstairs                                                           28 July 1975, DRS#1

     Bring him to the hospital and take him upstairs                                                 10 Sep 1975, Chicago, World of J.H.

The wounded man looks up through his one dying eye

Say, Why did you bring him in here for, he ain't the guy

     He said, Why did you bring him in here for, he ain't the guy                                                      28 July 1975, DRS#1

 

Here’s the story of the Hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame

     Yes, here’s the story of the Hurricane, the man the authorities came to blame                      28 July 1975, DRS#1

For something that he never done, put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world

 

Four months later, the ghettos are in flame

Rubin’s in South America, fighting for his name

While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game

And the cops are putting the screws to him

Lookin' for somebody to blame

     Lookin' for someone to blame                                                                                                          28 July 1975, DRS#1

 

Remember that murder that happened in a bar

     Remember that murder that you saw in a bar                                                                               28 July 1975, DRS#1

Remember you said you saw the getaway car

You think you’d like to play ball with the law

     Do you like to play ball with the law                                                                                     21 Oct 1975, New York City

Think it might-a been that fighter that you saw

Running that night, don’t forget that you are white

     Running that night, don’t forget now, you are white                                                                19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     Running away that night, don’t forget now, you are white                               15 Nov 1975, Niagara Falls, evening

 

Arthur Dexter Bradley said, I’m really not sure

     He said, [???] I'm really not sure                                                                                          21 Oct 1975, New York City

The cops said, A poor boy like you could use a break

We got you for the motel job, and we’re talking to your friend Bello

     We got you for the motel job, you did with Alfred Bello                                                               28 July 1975, DRS#1

     We got you for the motel job, talking to Bello                                                                          11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

You don’t want to have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow

     Now you don’t have to go back to jail, be a nice fellow                                                               28 July 1975, DRS#1

 

You’ll be doing society a favor

That son of a bitch is brave and gettin' braver

We want to put his ass in stir, we want to pin this triple murder

On him, he ain’t no Gentleman Jim

 

Rubin could take a man out with just one punch

But he never did like to talk about it all that much

It’s my work, he’d say, and I do it for pay

And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way

 

Up to some paradise where the trout streams flow and the air is nice

And ride a horse along the trail

     Where you can ride a horse along the trail                                                                              23 Jan 1976, Clearwater

But then they took him to the jailhouse

Where they try to turn a man into a mouse

 

All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance

The trial was a pig-circus, he never had a chance

The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums

To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum

 

And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger

No one doubted that he pulled the trigger

And though they could not produce the gun

The D.A. said he was the one who did the deed and the all-white jury agreed

 

Rubin Carter was falsely tried

The crime was murder One, guess who testified

Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied

     Alfred Dexter Bradley and he baldly lied                                                                                        28 July 1975, DRS#1

     Alfred Dexter Bradley and Bello and they both lied                                                                19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     Bello and Bradley and they both lied                                                                              21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

And the newspapers, they all went along for the ride

 

How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand

To see him obviously framed, couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed

To live in a land where justice is a game

 

Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties

     Now all the criminals in their coats and ties                                                                                   28 July 1975, DRS#1

Are free to drink Martinis, and watch the sun rise

While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell

An innocent man in a living hell

 

Yes that’s the story of the Hurricane

     That’s the story of the Hurricane                                                                                                     28 July 1975, DRS#1

But it won’t be over till they clear his name

And give him back the time he’s done

Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been

The champion of the world

 

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Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 29 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #4,released on Desire

 

Up on the white veranda. she wears a necktie and a Panama hat

Her passport shows a face from another time and place, she looks nothing like that

And all of the remnants of her recent past are scattered in the wild wind

She walks across the marble floor where a voice from the gambling room is calling her to come on in

She smiles, walks the other way, as the last ship sails and the moon fades away

From Black Diamond Bay

 

As the morning light breaks open, the Greek comes down and he asks for a rope and a pen that will write

Pardon, monsieur, the desk clerk says, carefully removes his fez, Am I hearing you right

And as the yellow fog is lifting the Greek is quickly heading for the second floor

She passes him on the spiral staircase thinking he’s the Soviet Ambassador

She starts to speak, but he walks away, as the storm clouds rise and the palm branches sway

On Black Diamond Bay

 

A soldier sits beneath the fan, doing business with a tiny man who sells him a ring

Lightning strikes, the lights blow out, the desk clerk wakes, he begins to shout, Can you see anything

Then the Greek appears on the second floor in his bare feet with a rope around his neck

While a loser in the gambling room lights up a candle, says, Open up another deck

But the dealer says, Attendez-vous, s’il vous plait, as the rain beats down and the cranes fly away

From Black Diamond Bay

 

The desk clerk heard the woman laugh as he looked around in the aftermath and the soldier got tough

He tried to grab the woman’s hand,said, Here’s a ring, it cost a grand, she said, That ain't enough

Then she ran upstairs to pack her bags while a horse-drawn taxi waited at the curb

She passed the door that the Greek had locked, where a handwritten sign read, Do Not Disturb

She knocked upon it anyway, as the sun went down and the music did play

On Black Diamond Bay

 

I’ve got to talk to someone quick, but the Greek said, Go away,” and he kicked the chair to the floor

He hung there from the chandelier, she cried, Help, there’s danger near, please open up the door

Then the volcano erupted and the lava flowed down from the mountain high above

The soldier and the tiny man were crouched in the corner, thinking of forbidden love

The desk clerk said, It happens every day, as the stars fell down and the moon's fade away

On Black Diamond Bay

 

As the island slowly sank, the loser finally broke the bank in the gambling room

The dealer said, It’s too late now, you can take your money, but I don’t know how you’ll spend it in the tomb

The tiny man bit the soldier’s ear as the floor caved in and the boiler in the basement blew

While she’s out on the balcony, where a stranger tells her, My darling, je vous aime beaucoup

She sheds a tear and then begins to pray, as the fire burns on and the smoke drifts away

From Black Diamond Bay

 

I was sitting home alone one night in L.A, watching old Cronkite on the seven o’clock news

It seems there was an earthquake that left nothing but a Panama hat and a pair of old Greek shoes

Didn’t seem like much was happening so I turned it off and went to grab another beer

Seems like every time you turn around there’s another hard-luck story that you’re gonna hear

And there’s really nothing anyone can say, and I never did plan to go anyway

To Black Diamond Bay

 

Black Diamond Bay. 19750730#4

 

 

Mozambique (Bob Dylan, Jacques Levy)

First performed 29 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #4, Released on Desire

 

I like to spend some time in Mozambique, the sunny sky is aqua blue

And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek, it’s very nice to stay a week or two

And maybe fall in love, just me and you

 

There’s lot of pretty girls in Mozambique and plenty time for good romance

And everybody likes to stop and speak to give the special one you seek a chance

Or maybe say hello with just a glance

 

Lying next to her by the ocean, reaching out and touching her hand

Whispering your secret emotion, magic in a magical land

 

And when it’s time for leaving Mozambique, to say goodbye to sand and sea

You turn around to take a final peek and you see why it’s so unique to be

Among the lovely people living free, upon the beach of sunny Mozambique

 

VARIATIONS Mozambique. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session, #4

 

I like to spend some time in Mozambique, the sunny sky is aqua blue

And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek, it’s very nice to stay a week or two

     And all the couples dancing cheek to cheek, it’s very nice to stay out a week or two   16 May 1976, Forth Worth

And maybe fall in love, just me and you

 

There’s lot of pretty girls in Mozambique and plenty time for good romance

And everybody likes to stop and speak to give the special one you seek a chance

Or maybe say hello with just a glance

 

Lying next to her by the ocean, reaching out and touching her hand

Whispering your secret emotion, magic in a magical land

     Whispering a secret emotion, magic in a magical land                                               29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

 

And when it’s time for leaving Mozambique, to say goodbye to sand and sea

You turn around to take a final peek and you see why it’s so unique to be

Among the lovely people living free, upon the beach of sunny Mozambique

 

     Lying next to her by the ocean, reaching out and touching her hand                       29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

     Whispering a secret emotion, magic in a magical land                                               29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

 

     And when it’s time for leaving Mozambique, to say goodbye to sand and sea       29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

     You turn around to take a final peek and you see why it’s so unique to be             29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

     Among the lovely people living free, upon the beach of sunny Mozambique          29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

 

 

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Golden Loom (Bob Dylan)

First performed 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios. Studio E. 4th Desire session #2, released on The Bootleg Series Volume 3

 

Smoky autumn night, stars up in the sky

I see the sailing boats across the bay go by

Eucalyptus trees hang above the street

And then I turn my head, for you’re approaching me

Moonlight on the water, fisherman’s daughter, looking in to my room

With a golden loom

 

First we wash our feet near the immortal shrine

And then our shadows meet and then we drink the wine

I see the hungry clouds up above your face

And then the tears roll down, what a bitter taste

And then you drift away on a summer’s day where the wildflowers bloom

With your golden loom

 

I walk across the bridge in the dismal light

Where all the cars are stripped between the gates of night

I see the trembling lion with the lotus flower tail

And then I kiss your lips as I lift your veil

But you’re gone and then all I seem to recall is the smell of perfume

And your golden loom

 

Golden Loom. 19750730#2

 

 

Isis (Bob Dylan'Jacques Levy, Bob Dylan)

First performed 30 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session. Released on Desire

 

I married Isis on the fifth day of May but I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away for the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong

 

I came to a high place of darkness and light, dividing line ran through the center of town

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down

 

A man in the corner approached me for a match, I knew right away, he was not ordinary

He said, are you looking for something easy to catch, said I , got no money, he said, That ain't necessary

 

We set out that night, for the cold in the North, I gave him my blanket, and he gave me his word

I said, where are we going, he said, we be back by the fourth, I said, That’s the best news that I’ve ever heard

 

I was thinking about turquoise, I was thinking about gold,

I was thinking about diamonds, and the world’s biggest necklace

As we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold

I was thinking about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless

 

How she told me that one day we would meet up again and things would be different the next time we wed

If I only could hang on and just be her friend, I still can’t remember all the best things she said

 

We came to the pyramids, all embedded in ice, he said, there’s a body I’m trying to find

If I carry it out it’ll bring a good price, 't was then that I knew what he had on his mind

 

The wind it was a-howlin', and the snow was outrageous

We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn

When he died, I was hopin' that it wasn’t contagious

But I made up my mind that I had to go on

 

I broke into the tomb, but the casket was empty, there was no jewels, no nothing, I felt I’d been had

When I saw that my partner was just being friendly when I took up his offer I must have been mad

 

I picked up his body and I dragged him inside, threw him down in the hole, and I put back the cover

I said a quick prayer, then I felt satisfied, then I rode back to find Isis, just to tell her I love her

 

She was there, in the meadow, where the creek used to rise, blinded by sleep, and in need of a bed

I came in from the East, with the sun in my eyes, I cursed her one time, then I rode on ahead

 

She said, where you been, I said, no place special, she said, you look different, I said, Well... I guess

She said, you been gone, I said, that’s only natural, she said, you gonna to stay, I said, If you want me to, yes

 

Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child, what drives me to you is what drives me insane

I still can remember the way that you smiled on the fifth day of May in the drizzling rain

 

VARIATIONS Isis. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session, #2

 

I married Isis on the fifth day of May

But I could not hold on to her very long

So I cut off my hair and I rode straight away

For the wild unknown country where I could not go wrong

 

I came to a high place of darkness and light

Dividing line ran through the center of town

     The dividing line ran through the center of town                                                                           almost all other takes

I hitched up my pony to a post on the right

Went in to a laundry to wash my clothes down

 

A man in the corner approached me for a match

I knew right away, he was not ordinary

He said, Are you looking for something easy to catch

     He said, Are you looking, I said I'm looking easy to catch                                               23 Jan 1976, Clearwater #2

Said, I got no money, he said, That ain't necessary

     I said, I got no money, man, he said, That ain't necessary                                                  20 Nov 1975, Cambridge

 

We set out that night, for the cold in the North

I gave him my blanket, and he gave me his word

I said, where are we going, he said, we be back by the fourth

     He said, where are we going, I said, we be back by the fourth                                                     2 Nov 1975, Lowell

     Where are we going, he said, we be back by the fourth                                                    11 May 1976, San Antonio

I said, That’s the best news that I’ve ever heard

     He said, That’s the best news that I’ve ever heard                                                                          2 Nov 1975, Lowell

 

I was thinking about turquoise, I was thinking about gold

     I was thinking about diamonds, I was thinking about gold                                                    16 May 1976, Fort Worth

I was thinking about diamonds, and the world’s biggest necklace

     I was thinking about rubies, the world's biggest necklace                                                    16 May 1976, Fort Worth

As we rode through the canyons, through the devilish cold

I was thinking about Isis, how she thought I was so reckless

     I was thinking about Isis, how she always thought I was so reckless                            21 Oct 1975, New York City

     I was thinking about Isis, how she said I was so reckless                                                     19 Nov 1975, Worcester

 

How she told me that one day we would meet up again

     How she said to me that one day we would meet up again                            15 Nov 1975, Niagara Falls, evening

And things would be different the next time we wed

If I only could hang on and just be her friend

     If I only could just hang on and be her friend                                                                21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

I still can’t remember all the best things she said

 

We came to the pyramids, all embedded in ice

He said, there’s a body I’m trying to find

If I carry it out it’ll bring a good price

'T was then that I knew what he had on his mind

     That's when I knew exactly what he had on his mind                                                       21 Oct 1975, New York City

    'T was then that I knew for sure what he had on his mind                                                      19 Nov 1975, Worcester

 

The wind it was a-howlin', and the snow was outrageous

     The [storm] it was a-howlin', and the snow was outrageous                                           19 Oct 1975, New York City

We chopped through the night and we chopped through the dawn

When he died, I was hopin' that it wasn’t contagious

But I made up my mind that I had to go on

     But I made up my mind right there and then and I had to go on                                     21 Oct 1975, New York City

 

I broke into the tomb, but the casket was empty

There was no jewels, no nothing, I felt I’d been had

     There was no jewels, no nothing, I knew I’d been had                                                              26 Nov 1975, Augusta

When I saw that my partner was just being friendly

When I took up his offer I must have been mad

 

I picked up his body and I dragged him inside

Threw him down in the hole, and I put back the cover

     Put him down in the hole, put on the cover                                                                     18 May 1976, Oklahoma City

I said a quick prayer, then I felt satisfied

     I said a quick prayer, just to feel satisfied                                                                                 19 Nov 1975, Worcester

Then I rode back to find Isis, just to tell her I love her

     Then I rode back to find Isis, just to tell her my love                                                                 30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

     Then I went back to find Isis, just to tell her I love her                                                          20 Nov 1975, Cambridge

     Then I went out to find Isis, just to tell her I love her                                                   29 April 1976, Mobile, Evening

     Then I went on to find Isis, just to tell her I love her                                                       18 May 1976, Oklahoma City

 

She was there, in the meadow, where the creek used to rise

Blinded by sleep, and in need of a bed

I came in from the East, with the sun in my eyes

I cursed her one time, then I rode on ahead

 

She said, where you been, I said, no place special

She said, you look different, I said, well I guess

She said, you been gone, I said, that’s only natural

     She said, you been gone, I said, That’s so [???] natural                                                                2 Nov 1975, Lowell

She said, you gonna to stay, I said, If you want me to, yes

     She said, are you gonna stay, I said, I think I might, yes                                                         30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

 

Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child

What drives me to you is what drives me insane

I still can remember the way that you smiled

On the fifth day of May in the drizzling rain

 

Isis. 19750731#2, 19751019, 19751021, 19751030, 19751102, 19751111, 19751115eve, 19751119, 19751120, 19751121aft, 19751121eve, 19751126, 19751204, 19751208, 19760123#1#2, 19760415, 19760422eve, 19760429eve, 19760511, 19760516, 19760518

 

 

Town (Reference)

Mentioned in the website Still On The Road at the session of 31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

 

Sara (Bob Dylan)

First performed 31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios

 

31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session, #6,released on Desire

 

I laid on a dune, I looked at the sky when the children were babies and played on the beach

You came up behind me, I saw you go by, you were always so close and still within reach

 

Sara, Sara, whatever made you want to change your mind, Sara, Sara, so easy to look at, so hard to define

 

I can still see them playing with their pails in the sand, they run to the water their buckets to fill

I can still see the shells falling out of their hands as they follow each other back up the hill

 

Sara, Sara, sweet virgin angel, sweet love of my life, Sara, Sara, radiant jewel, mystical wife

 

Sleeping in the woods by a fire in the night, drinking white rum in a Portugal bar

Them playing leapfrog and hearing about Snow White, you in the marketplace in Savanna-la-Mar

 

Sara, oh Sara, it’s all so clear, I could never forget, Sara, oh Sara, loving you is the one thing I’ll never regret

 

I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells, I’d taken the cure and had just gotten through

Staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel writing Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for you

 

Sara, ah Sara, wherever we travel we’re never apart, Sara, oh Sara, beautiful lady, so dear to my heart

 

How did I meet you, I don’t know, a messenger sent me in a tropical storm

You were there in the winter, moonlight on the snow and on Lily Pond Lane when the weather was warm

 

Sara, oh Sara, Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress, Sara, oh Sara, you must forgive me my unworthiness

 

Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp and a piece of an old ship that lies on the shore

You always responded when I needed your help, you give me a map and a key to your door

 

Sara, oh Sara, glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow, Sara, oh Sara, don’t ever leave me, don’t ever go

 

VARIATIONS Sara. Compared with the take released on Desire, recorded 31 July 1975, New York City, New York, Columbia Recording Studios, Studio E. 5th Desire session, #6

 

I laid on a dune, I looked at the sky

     I laid on the [beach] and I looked at the sky                                                                  21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

When the children were babies and played on the beach

You came up behind me, I saw you go by

You were always so close and still within reach

 

Sara, Sara, whatever made you want to change your mind

Sara, Sara, so easy to look at, so hard to define

 

I can still see them playing with their pails in the sand

They run to the water their buckets to fill

I can still see the shells falling out of their hands

As they follow each other back up the hill

 

Sara, Sara, sweet virgin angel, sweet love of my life

Sara, Sara, radiant jewel, mystical wife

 

Sleeping in the woods by a fire in the night

Drinking white rum in a Portugal bar

Them playing leapfrog and hearing about Snow White

     Them playing leapfrog and tell about Snow White                                                                 23 Jan 1976, Clearwater

You in the marketplace in Savanna-la-Mar

 

     Sleeping in the woods by a fire in the night                                                                              19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     Where you fought for my soul and went up against the odds                                               19 Nov 1975, Worcester

          Where you fought for my soul against all the odds                                                             30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

     I was too young to know that you were doin' it right                                                               19 Nov 1975, Worcester

          I was too young to know that what you were doin' was right                                             30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

     And you did it with strength that belonged to the gods                                                           19 Nov 1975, Worcester

 

Sara, oh Sara, it’s all so clear, I could never forget

Sara, oh Sara, loving you is the one thing I’ll never regret

 

I can still hear the sounds of those Methodist bells

I’d taken the cure and had just gotten through

     I’d been to the edge and had just gotten through                                                                      30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

Staying up for days in the Chelsea Hotel

Writing Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands for you

 

     Sara, oh, Sara, [beautiful ???] always around                                                                        11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

     Sara, oh Sara, you must forgive me my unworthiness                                                          11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

 

Sara, ah Sara, wherever we travel we’re never apart

Sara, oh Sara, beautiful lady, so dear to my heart

 

How did I meet you, I don’t know

A messenger sent me in a tropical storm

You were there in the winter, moonlight on the snow

And on Lily Pond Lane when the weather was warm

 

Sara, oh Sara, Scorpio Sphinx in a calico dress

Sara, oh Sara, you must forgive me my unworthiness

 

Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp

And a piece of an old ship that lies on the shore

You always responded when I needed your help

You give me a map and a key to your door

 

Sara, oh Sara, glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow

Sara, oh Sara, don’t ever leave me, don’t ever go

 

Sara. 19750731#6, 19751030, 19751031, 19751111, 19751115eve, 19751119, 19751120, 19751121aft, 19751121eve, 19751126, 19751204, 19751208,19760122, 19760123, 19760417

 

 

You Really Got A Hold On Me (Smokey Robinson)

First performed October 1975, New York City, New York, Secret Sound Studios

 

October 1975, New York City, New York, Secret Sound Studios. Released on Bette Midler's Songs For The New Depression

 

Shared vocals with Bette Midler

 

I don't like you but I love you

Seems like I'm always thinking of you

Oh, oh, oh, you do me wrong now

My love is strong now

You've really got a hold on me

 

I wanna leave you, don't want to stay here

I don't want to spend another day here

Oh, oh, oh, you do me wrong now

My love is strong now

You've really got a hold on me

 

You Really Got A Hold On Me. 197510??

 

 

Kaw-Liga (Hank Williams, Fred Rose)

First performed October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

 

Rake And Ramblin' Boy (Derroll Adams)

First performed 19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals, Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Well, I'm a rake and ramblin' boy, there's many a city I did enjoy

For now I've married me a pretty, little wife and I love her dearer than I love my life

Oh, when I'm gone, don't bury me at all, just place my bones in alcohol

[But I must be ???] at my head and feet, to tell the world that I [???]

 

Rake And Ramblin' Boy.19751019

 

 

Hollywood Angel (Bob Dylan)

First performed 19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Released on The Live 1975 Recordings

 

I can't dance and I never could

[???]

Cannot dancing down [???]

[???] dancing but [???] right

 

But I can't dance and I never could

[I met you] last time in Hollywood

I have an angel and a big [???]

To far down and it's too early light

 

You been [???] round the [???]

But I'd seen, darlin' won't you get away

What's that [???] all alone on the street

[???] got his handy and feet

 

I have an angel and [???]

You don't say she been [shot] tonight

 

Hollywood Angel. 19751019

 

 

What Will You Do When Jesus Comes? (Traditional, arr. Bob Dylan)

First performed 19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Tell what will you do when Jesus comes

Will you tell I sought him when you sat down in your chair

Tell what will you do when Jesus comes

 

Tell what will you say when Jesus comes

Tell what will you say when Jesus comes

When you kick him out in the street, will you drive him into the heat

Tell what will you say when Jesus comes

 

What Will You Do When Jesus Comes. 19751019

 

 

Dark As A Dungeon (Merle Travis)

First performed 19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Come and listen you fellers so young and so fine and seek not your fortune down in the mines

It will form as a habit and seep in your soul, 'til the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal

 

Where it's dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew, where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines, it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

 

It's many a man I've seen in my day who live just to labor his whole life away

Like a fiend with his dope or a drunkard his wine, a man will have lust for the lure of the mines

 

Where it's dark as a dungeon, it's damp as the dew, where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines,it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

 

Now I hope when I'm gone and the ages will roll, my body will hardened and turn into coal

Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home and pity the miner digging my bones

 

Dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew, where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines, it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

 

VARIATIONS Dark As A Dungeon. Compared with the take released on The 1975 Live Recordings, recorded 19 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals

 

Come and listen you fellers so young and so fine

     Come 'round me young fellers so young and so fine                                                              19 Nov 1975, Worcester

     Come gather 'round fellers so young and so fine                                                                        4 Dec 1975, Montreal

     Come gather 'round fellers wherever you roam                                                               12 Dec 1975, New York City

And seek not your fortune down in the mines

     And seek not your fortune way down in the mines                                                                     26 Nov 1975, Augusta

It will form as a habit and seep in your soul

'Til the stream of your blood runs as black as the coal

 

Where it's dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew

Where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines

It's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

     Lord it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines                                                            21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

 

It's many a man I've seen in my day

Who live just to labor his whole life away

Like a fiend with his dope or a drunkard his wine

A man will have lust for the lure of the mines

     Lord a man must lust for the lure of the mines                                                                             4 Dec 1975, Montreal

 

Where it's dark as a dungeon, it's damp as the dew

Where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines

It's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

     Lord it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines                                                            21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

 

Now I hope when I'm gone and the ages will roll

My body will hardened and turn into coal

     My body will blacken and turn into coal                                                                                    19 Nov 1975, Worcester

Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home

And pity the miner digging my bones

 

Dark as a dungeon, damp as the dew

Where the danger are double and the pleasures are few

Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines

It's dark as a dungeon down in the mines

     Lord it's dark as a dungeon down in the mines                                                            21 Nov 1975, Boston, evening

 

Dark As A Dungeon. 19751019, 19751119, 19751120, 19751121eve, 19751126, 19751204, 19751208

 

 

Gwenevere (Bob Dylan)

First performed 21 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

21 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

It's a [robe] that falls down and when you hold me in the lonely room

[Down] and when you told me you were [gone]

Many times so by then

 

Down the [???], any time you see her she will be back or she stays

Over down the hill from so far was she come away

Coveted her [???] by her side

 

[???], take me to the river that point me on this [???]

Put me in a space where she is [lying] for me to hide

[???] away

 

[Exit] by your sign, I keep her mine herself or you would tell me what you try

Any way you want to she will be there by your side

When your [???] went away

 

Don't you call it done, when you're [???] she will be back in the town

Over when you tell her to, she'll always be around

And [shone, shun] your wider day

 

Gwenevere. 19751021

 

 

Patty's Gone To Laredo (Bob Dylan)

First performed 21 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals

 

21 October 1975, New York City, New York, Studio Instrumental Rentals. Rolling Thunder Revue rehearsals. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Patty gone to Laredo, everything in the blue

Patty gone to Laredo, bring on that tune

 

Gonna think in a bar room, have to figure it soon

I don't drink alone in the hollow

 

And don't anything in a wedding for that old eye happen tonight

But the door is still locked and it's so

 

Patty gone to Laredo but she be back soon

Left Jamaica this morning on a boat [???] Lou

 

Born in 'Liz Texas timber, up where the eagles fly

Then make it tell him never but she don't cry

 

And Laurel's playing for money on your [???], she's on his side

Yes, the doorway, the door is locked, but the key's inside

 

Patty's Gone To Laredo. 19751021

 

 

Easy And Slow (Seán O'Casey, Dominic Behan)

First performed 29 October 1975, Falmouth, Massachusetts, Seacrest Motel

 

It was down by Christ Church that I first met with Annie, a neat little girl and not a bit shy

She told me her father who came from Dungallon would take her back home in the sweet bye and bye

And what's it to any man, whether or no, whether I'm easy, or whether I'm true

As I lifted her petticoat, easy and slow and I rolled back my sleeve to unbuckle her shoe

 

'T was first down Thomas Street, and then out by the levee, the sun had gone down and the evening grew dark

And down by Kings Bridge, and then by Lord in a jiffy, my arms were around her, beyond in the park

And what's it to any man, whether or no, whether I'm easy, or whether I'm true

As I lifted her petticoat, easy and slow and I rolled back my sleeve to unbuckle her shoe

 

Now, in city or country, a girl is a jewel and well built for grippin', as most of them are

Ah, but any young man would be really a foo-el, to try it the first time and go a bit far

And what's it to any man, whether or no, whether I'm easy, or whether I'm true

As I lifted her petticoat, easy and slow and I rolled back my sleeve to unbuckle her shoe

 

Now, if by a chance you're in the town of Dungallon, you might search till your eyeballs are empty and blind

Be it sittin' or walkin' or runnin' or standin', a girl like Annie you never will find

And what's it to any man, whether or no, whether I'm easy, or whether I'm true

As I lifted her petticoat, easy and slow and I rolled back my sleeves to unbuckle her shoe

 

Easy And Slow. 19751029

 

 

Never Let Me Go (Joseph C. Scott)

First performed 31 October 1975, Plymouth, Massachusetts, War Memorial Auditorium

 

21 November 1975, Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, afternoon show. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Duet with Joan Baez

 

Just let me love you tonight, forget about tomorrow

My darlin' let me hold you tight and never let me go

 

Dry your eyes, no tears and no sorrow

Cling to me with all your might and never let me go

 

A million times or more dear you said we'd never part

But lately I find a stranger in my arms

 

Give me the right, in summer or in springtime

To tell the world that you are mine and never let me go

 

VARIATIONS Never Let Me Go. Compared with the take released on The 1975 Live Recordings, recorded 21 November 1975, Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, afternoon show

 

Just let me love you tonight, forget about tomorrow

     Just let me love you tonight, no tears about tomorrow                                                             30 Oct 1975, Plymouth

My darlin' let me hold you tight and never let me go

 

Dry your eyes, no tears and no sorrow

Cling to me with all your might and never let me go

 

A million times or more dear, you said we'd never part

But lately I find you're a stranger in my heart

 

Give me the right, in summer or in springtime

To tell the world that you are mine and never let me go

 

Never Let Me Go. 19751030, 19751111, 19751115eve, 19751121aft, 19751126, 19751204, 19751208

 

 

The Water Is Wide (traditional)

First performed 2 November 1975, Lowell, Massachusetts, Technical University

 

21 November 1975, Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, evening show. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Duet with Joan Baez

 

The water is wide and I can't cross over, [when me had] wings then I could fly

Build me a boat that can carry two and both shall row my love and I

 

There is a ship and it sails on the sea, loaded deep as deep can be

But not as deep as the love I'm in, I know not if I sink or swim

 

I leaned my back up against an oak, thinkin' it was a trusty tree

But first it bent and then it broke, just like my own false love to me

 

Oh love is gentle, love is kind, gay as a jewel when first it's new

But love grows old and waxes cold and fades away like some morning dew

 

The water is wide and I can't cross over, neither have I wings to fly

Build me a boat that can carry two and both shall row my love and I

 

VARIATIONS The Water Is Wide. Compared with the take released on The 1975 Live Recordings, recorded 21 November 1975, Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, evening show, a duet with Joan Baez

 

The water is wide and I can't cross over, [when me had] wings then I could fly

     The water is wide and I can't cross over, neither have I wings to fly                                   11 Nov 1975, Waterbury

     The water is wide, I can't cross over, had I wings, I could fly                                                  30 March 1976, Malibu

Build me a boat that can carry two and both shall row my love and I

     Give me a boat that can carry two and both shall row my love and I                                     30 March 1976, Malibu

 

There is a ship and it sails on the sea, loaded deep as deep can be

     There is a ship and it sails on the sea, loaded down as deep can be                                   30 March 1976, Malibu

But not as deep as the love I'm in, I know not if I sink or swim

     But not as deep as the love I'm in, and I know not I sink or swim                                          30 March 1976, Malibu

 

I leaned my back up against an oak, thinkin' it was a trusty tree

But first it bent and then it broke, just like my own false love to me

 

Oh love is gentle, love is kind, gay as a jewel when first it's new

But love grows old and waxes cold and fades away like some morning dew

 

The water is wide and I can't cross over, neither have I wings to fly

Build me a boat that can carry two and both shall row my love and I

 

The Water Is Wide. 19751111, 19751121eve, 19751126, 19760330

 

 

Your Cheatin' Heart (Hank Williams)

First performed 23 November 1975, Unidentified location

 

23 November 1975, Unknown location. Released on The 1975 Live Recordings

 

Bob Neuwirth shared vocal

 

Your cheatin' heart will make you weep, you'll cry and cry and try to sleep

But sleep won't come the whole night through, your cheatin' heart will tell on you

 

You walk the floor and shout my name, you walk around saying I'm to blame

But sleep won't come the whole night through, your cheatin' heart will tell on you

 

As tears come down like falling rain, you'll toss around and call my name

But sleep won't come the whole night through, your cheatin' heart will tell on you

 

Your Cheatin' Heart. 19751123

 

 

Mississippi Blues (?)

First performed 25 November 1975, Fenway, Maine, A Gas Station

 

25 November 1975, Fenway, Maine, A Gas Station. On film Renaldo and Clara

 

Instrumental fragment

 

 

Coyote (Joni Michell

First performed Late November 1975, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Gordon Lightfoots' home. Rolling thunder rehearsal(197511?a),

 

Sideman. Vocal Joni Mitchell, guitar Bob Dylan

 

 

The Tracks Of My Tears (Moore , Robinson , Tarplin)

First performed 3 December 1975, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Chateau Champlain

 

3 December 1975, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Chateau Champlain. Released on The 1975 Live recordings

 

Bob Dylan and Ronee Blakeley

 

People say I'm the life of the party cause I tell a joke or two

Though I might be smiling loud and hearty, deep inside, I'm blue

So take a good look at my face, you'll see my smile looks out of place

If you look closer, it's easy to trace, the tracks of my tears

 

You see me out with another girl, acting like I'm having fun

[Although she ???] you're the only one

So take a good look at my face, you'll see my smile looks out of place

If you look closer, it's easy to trace, the tracks of my tears

 

The Tracks Of My Tears. 19751203

 

 

Mad Man (Steven Soles, J. Henry Burnett)

First performed 23 January 1976, Los Angeles, California, Instrumental Rentals Studio

 

 

It Makes No Difference (Robbie Robertson)

First performed 23 January 1976, Los Angeles, California, Instrumental Rentals Studio

 

It makes no difference where I turn

I can't get over you and the flame still burns

It makes no difference, night or day

The shadow never seems to fade away

And the sun don't shine anymore

And the rains fall down on my door

Now there's no love

As true as the love

That dies untold

But the clouds never hung so low before

It makes no difference how far I go

Like a scar, the hurt will always show

And it makes no difference who I meet

They're just a face in the crowd on a dead-end street

And the sun don't shine anymore

And the rains fall down on my door

These old love letters

Well, I just can't keep

'Cause, like the gambler says

"Read 'em and weep"

And the dawn don't rescue me no more

Without your love I'm nothing at all

Like an empty hall, it's a lonely fall

Since you've gone it's a losing battle

Stampeding cattle, they rattle the walls

And the sun don't shine anymore

And the rains fall down on my door

Well, I love you so much

And it's all I can do

Just to keep myself from telling you

That I never felt so alone before

 

Ride'Em Jewboy (Kinky Friedman)

First performed 23 January 1976, Los Angeles, California, Instrumental Rentals Studio

 

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh,

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh.

Ride, ride ¡®em jewboy,

Ride ¡®em all around the old corral.

I'm, I'm with you boy

If I've got to ride six million miles.

Now the smokes from camps are rising

See the helpless creatures on their way.

Hey, old pal, ain't it surprising

How far you can go before you stay.

Don't you let the morning blind ya

When on your sleeve you wore the yeller star.

Old memories still live behind ya,

Can't you see by your outfit who you are.

How long will you be driven relentless ¡®round the world,

The blood in the rhythm of the soul.

Wild ponies all your dreams were broken,

Rounded out and made to move along.

The loneliness which can't be spoken

Just swings a rope and rides inside a song.

Dead limbs play with ringless fingers

A melody which burns you deep inside.

Oh, how the song becomes the singers,

May peace be ever with you as you ride.

How long will you be driven relentless around the world,

The blood in the rhythm of the soul.

In the window candles glowing

Remind you that today you are a child,

Road ahead, forever rolling,

And anything worth cryin' can be smiled.

So ride, ride ¡®em jewboy,

Ride ¡®em all around the old corral.

I'm, I'm with you boy

If I've got to ride six million miles.

Ooh ooh ooh,

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh.

Ooh ooh ooh,

Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh.

 

 

Silver Mantis (Joseph Henry Burnett, John Fleming)

First performed 23 January 1976, Los Angeles, California, Instrumental Rentals Studio

 

Seito lived in the canyon of the dragons Sashiko lived in the valley of the moon

They met along the highway to Aomeri where danger in the forest loomed

 

Shashiko dressed in silks and dreamed of heroes

She was carried in a hammock draped and veiled

Her father was a cruel and brutal warlord who fearful kept her in a shell

 

Seito he was but a lowly servant but his master knew him to be true and brave

When he happened on the scene of her ABDUCTION he sent her captors to their graves

 

Seito guarded Sashiko to her palace he had no thought of ransom to conceal

She took him in and washed his cuts and bruises and laid him softly down to sleep

 

When morning came she rose to tell her father

Of the stranger who had ruined the kidnap plot

But jealous and enraged her father seized him and chained him in the dungeon dark

 

Sashiko's tears flowed like the river Edo as she pleaded Seito's freedom face to floor

But the warlord turned his back and would not hear her

His mercy withered years before

 

When night fell she crept down into the dungeon

Two daggers hidden underneath her coat

And there they slept in death by harakiri her father's chains around them both

 

 

From Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)

First performed 27 January 1976, Municipal Auditorium, Austin, Texas

 

 

Stormy Monday Blues (Aron T. Walker)

First performed 30 March 1976, Malibu, California, Shangri-La Studios

 

Sideman. Dylan plays piano

 

Stormy Monday Blues. 19760330

 

 

Adelita (traditional)

First performed 30 March 1976, Malibu, California, Shangri-La Studios

 

Sideman. Dylan plays Piano

 

Adelita. 19760330

 

 

Steppin' Out (James Bracken)

First performed 30 March 1976, Malibu, California, Shangri-La Studios

 

Sideman. Dylan plays guitar

 

Steppin' Out.19760330

 

 

Sign Language (Bob Dylan)

First performed March - April 1976, Malibu, California, Shangri-La Studios

 

March - April 1976, Malibu, California, Shangri-La Studios. Released on Eric Clapton No Reason To Cry

 

Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton shared vocals

 

You speak to me in sign language

As I'm eating a sandwich in a small café

At a quarter to three

 

But I can't respond to your sign language

You're taking advantage, bringing me down

Can't you make any sound?

 

'T was there by the bakery, surrounded by fakery

This is my story, still I'm still there

Does she know I still care?

Link Wray was playing on a jukebox I was paying

For the words I was saying, so misunderstood

He didn't do me no good

 

You speak to me in sign language

As I'm eating a sandwich in a small cafe

At a quarter to three

 

But I can't respond to your sign language

You're taking advantage, bringing me down

Can't you make any sound?

 

Sign Language. 197603>04

 

 

Vincent van Gogh (Robert Friemark)

First performed 12, 13 or 14 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

12, 13 or 14 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Rehearsals before tour.On bootleg Going Going Guam

 

Shared vocals with Bobby Neuwirth

 

I'd like to tell you a story of a man that you might know

His parents all called him Vincent, his last name was Van Gogh

 

He started drinking and painting, leading a life of sin.

He fell in with evil companions, a man named Paul Gaugin

 

They went to the city of Auvers, pursuing their carnal delights

They painted all during the afternoon and they played around all night

 

Now the people of that small city thought he was a little bit queer

to prove his love for mankind, he chopped off his outside ear

 

So they put him in an institution but they could not keep him in there

He picked up some paints and his easel, went out to take some air

 

He picked up his paints and his easel and he went out to paint some crows

They found him face down in a cornfield, shot right between two rows

Now where did Vincent van Go

 

VARIATIONS Vincent Van Gogh. Compared with the take on bootleg Going Going Guam, recorded 12, 13 or 14 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

I'd like to tell you a story of a man that you might know

His parents all called him Vincent, his last name was Van Gogh

     His parents all called him Vincent, his real name was Van Gogh                                               12 May 1976, Austin

 

He started drinking and painting, leading a life of sin

He fell in with evil companions, a man named Paul Gaugin

 

They went to the city of Auvers, pursuing their carnal delights

     Well they came to the city of Auvers, pursuing their carnal delights                                           12 May 1976, Austin

They painted all during the afternoon and they played around [all] night

     They painted all during the afternoon and they played music all night                     29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

 

Now the people of that small city thought he was a little bit queer

To prove his love for mankind, he chopped off his outside ear

 

So they put him in an institution but they could not keep him in there

     So they put him in an institution but they could not keep him there                          29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

He picked up some paints and his easel, went out to take some air

     He picked up his paints and his easel, and went out to take some air                     29 April 1976, Mobile, evening

     He picked up his paints and his easel, and went out to take the air                                           12 May 1976, Austin

 

He picked up his paints and his easel and he went out to paint some crows

They found him face down in a cornfield, shot right between two rows

Now where did Vincent van Go

 

Vincent van Gogh. 760312-14, 760429eve, 760503ev, 760512

 

 

The Sun Is Shining (Elmore James)

First performed 15 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

15 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Rehearsals before tour. On bootleg Going Going Guam, the complete Rolling Thunder Rehearsals

 

The sun is shinin', while it's raining in my heart

The sun is shinin', it's raining in my heart

You know I really love my baby, I hate to see us part

 

She left me this mornin, didn't even, say goodbye

She left me early this mornin, didn't even, say goodbye

You know I really love that woman, I don't know the reason why

 

I had a dream, a dream one rainy night

I had a dream, had a dream one rainy night

Went out looking for my baby, and the sun was shining bright

 

The Sun Is Shining. 19760415

 

 

Hold Me In Your Arms (traditional)

First performed 15 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

15 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel. Rehearsals before tour. On bootleg Going Going Guam, the complete rolling thunder rehearsals

 

I ain't got nobody, I'm in this world alone

All I need somebody like you to call my own

I won't you hold me, hold me, I want you to hold me mama, hold me in your arms

 

[???] then I want you to know

[???] something anywhere you go

I won't you hold me, hold me, hold me mama, hold me in your arms

 

I ain't got nobody, I'm in this world alone

All I need somebody like you to call my own

I won't you hold me, hold me, hold me mama, hold me in your arms

 

[If they turn on me baby, got to make a stand]

[I do not agree with ???] do with another man

I want you to hold me, hold me, hold me mama, hold me in your arms

 

Hold Me In Your Arms. 19760415

 

 

See See Rider Blues (Ma Rainey)

First performed 15 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

See see rider

See what you have done, Lord, Lord, Lord

Made me love you, now your gal has come

You made me love you, now your gal has come

I'm goin' away, baby, I won't be back till fall, Lord, Lord, Lord

Goin' away, baby, won't be back till fall

If I find me a good man, won't be back at all

I'm gonna buy me a pistol, just as long as I am tall, Lord, Lord, Lord

Shoot my man, and catch a cannonball

If he won't have me, he won't have no gal at all

See See Rider, where did you stay last night? Lord, Lord, Lord

Your shoes ain't buttoned and your clothes don't fit you right

You didn't come home till the sun was shining bright

 

Seven Days (Bob Dylan)

First performed 17 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

21 April 1976, Tampa, Florida, Curtis Hixon Convention Center. Released on The Bootleg Series Volume 3

 

Seven days, seven more days she’ll be coming

I've been waiting at the station for her to arrive

Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

 

She been gone ever since I been a child

Ever since I seen her smile, I never forgotten her eyes

She had a face that outshines the sun in the sky

 

I been good, I've been good while I've been waiting

I maybe guilty of hesitating, but I've been hanging on

Seven more days and all that will be gone

 

But there's kissing in the valley and thieving in the alley

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, divide and defeat them

The night are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, seven days sipping' and blowin'

But then the whistle will be blowin', and she’ll be coming on forth

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

But there's a fighting in the valley and thieving in the alley

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, somebody need defeat them

The night are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, I don't know the wind or snowing

But then the whistle will be blowin', she’ll be coming forth

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

17 April 1976, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel #1. Rehearsals before tour. On bootleg Going Going Guam

 

Seven days, seven more days she’ll be coming

I’ll be waiting at the station for her to arrive

Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

 

She been gone ever since I been a child

Ever since I seen her smile, I ain’t forgotten her eyes

She had a face that could outshine the sun

 

I been good, good while I been waiting

Maybe guilty of hesitating, but I never forgot her

I've been waiting around hating to feel so alone

 

Fighting in the alley and thieving in the valley

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, trying to defeat them

The night are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, seven more days to beat them

It all goes like I expected, she’ll be coming on forth

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

Well, there's a fighting in the alley and thieving in the valley

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, trying to defeat them

The nights are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, seven days she'll be coming

One day I [know I will see her],  she’ll be coming on forth

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

VARIATIONS Seven Days. Compared with the take released on The Bootleg Series Volume 3, recorded 21 April 1976, Tampa, Florida, Curtis Hixon Convention Center

 

Seven days, seven more days she’ll be coming

I've been waiting at the station for her to arrive

Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive

 

She been gone ever since I been a child

Ever since I seen her smile, I never forgotten her eyes

     Ever since I seen her smile, I ain’t forgotten her eyes                                                    17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

She had a face that outshines the sun in the sky

     She had a face that could outshine the sun                                                                     17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

 

I been good, I've been good while I've been waiting

     I been good, good while I been waiting                                                                             17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

I maybe guilty of hesitating, but I've been hanging on

     Maybe guilty of hesitating, but I never forgot her                                                             17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     Maybe guilty of hesitating, but I [???]                                           17 April 1976, Clearwater #2, Special Rider demo

Seven more days and all that will be gone

     I've been waiting around hating to feel so alone                                                              17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     I been waiting around for [so darn] long                                      17 April 1976, Clearwater #2, Special Rider demo

 

But there's kissing in the valley and thieving in the alley

     Fighting in the alley and thieving in the valley                                                                  17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, divide and defeat them

     Trying to get a lead on, trying to defeat them                                                                   17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     Trying to get a lead on, nobody about defeat them                   17 April 1976, Clearwater #2, Special Rider demo

The night are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, seven days sipping' and blowin'

     Seven days, seven more days to beat them

But then the whistle will be blowin', and she’ll be coming on forth                                     17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     It all goes like I expected, she’ll be coming on forth                                                        17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

But there's a fighting in the valley and thieving in the alley

     Well, there's a fighting in the alley and thieving in the valley                                         17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

Fighting every inch of the way

Trying to get a lead on, somebody need defeat them

     Trying to get a lead on, trying to defeat them                                                                   17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

The night are always sadder than the day

 

Seven days, I don't know the wind or snowing

     Seven days, seven days she'll be coming                                                                        17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     Seven days, seven more days that are [sad girl]                       17 April 1976, Clearwater #2, Special Rider demo

But then the whistle will be blowin', she’ll be coming forth

     One day I [know I will see her],  she’ll be coming on forth                                             17 April 1976, Clearwater #1

     I been [waiting and feeling] she’ll be coming on for                   17 April 1976, Clearwater #2, Special Rider demo

My beautiful comrade from the north

 

Seven Days. 19760417#1#2, 19760421

 

 

Mercedes Benz (Janis Joplin/Michael McClure)

First performed 22 April 1976 – Afternoon, Clearwater, Florida, Belleview Biltmore Hotel

 

 

Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos) (Guthrie, Hoffman)

First performed 11 May 1976, San Antonio, Texas, Municipal Auditorium

 

23 May 1976, Fort Collins, Colorado,, Colorado State University, Hughes Stadium. Released on the TV film Hard Rain

 

Duet with Joan Baez

 

The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting

The oranges are packed in their creosote dumps

They're flying 'em back to the Mexico border

To take all their money to wade back again

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

My father's own father, he waded that river

They took all the money he made in his life

My brothers and sisters came workin' the fruit trees

They rode the big trucks 'till they laid down and died

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

Well the sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon

A fireball of lightning' an' it shook all the hills

Who are these comrades, they're dying like the dry leaves?

The radio tells me, They're just deportees

 

We died in your hills and we died in your deserts

We died in your valleys, we died in your plains

We died 'neath your trees and we died 'neath your bushes

Both sides of the river we died just the same.

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards

Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit

To die like the dry leaves and rot on my topsoil

And be known by no name except deportee

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

VARIATIONS Deportee. Compared to the take released on the TV film Hard Rain, recorded 23 May 1976, Fort Collins, Colorado,, Colorado State University, Hughes Stadium

 

The crops are all in and the peaches are rotting

     (The crops are all in and the lattice is rotting)                                                Vocal Joan Baez, 12 May 1976, Austin

The oranges are packed in their creosote dumps

     (The oranges are piled in their creosote dumps                                            Vocal Joan Baez, 12 May 1976, Austin

They're flying 'em back to the Mexico border

     (Taking 'em back to the Mexican border)                                                Vocal Joan Baez, 16 May 1976, Fort Worth

To take all their money to wade back again

     (Pay all their money and wade back again)                                                    Vocal Joan Baez, 12 May 1976, Austin

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

My father's own father, he waded that river

They took all the money he made in his life

My brothers and sisters came workin' the fruit trees

They rode the big trucks 'till they laid down and died

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

     Some of us are illegal, some are not wanted                                                                                 12 May 1976, Austin

     The work contract's out, we have to move on                                                                                12 May 1976, Austin

     Six hundred miles to the Mexico border                                                                                          12 May 1976, Austin

     The chase us like outlaws, like [wrestlers], like thieves                                                                12 May 1976, Austin

 

Well the sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon

A fireball of lightning' an' it shook all the hills

Who are these comrades, they're dying like the dry leaves?

The radio tells me, they're just deportees

 

We died in your hills and we died in your deserts

We died in your valleys, we died in your plains

We died 'neath your trees and we died 'neath your bushes

Both sides of the river we died just the same.

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards

Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit

To die like the dry leaves and rot on my topsoil

And be known by no name except deportee

Goodbye to my Juan, goodbye Rosalita

Adios mis amigos, Jesus y Maria

You won't have a name when you ride the big airplane

All they will call you will be, deportees

All they will call you will be, deportees

 

Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos). 19760512, 19760516, 19760523

 

 

Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On (Phil Spector, Leonard Cohen)

First performed March 1977, Los Angeles, California, Gold Star Recording Studios

 

March 1977, Los Angeles, California, Gold Star Recording Studios. Leonard Cohen recording session. Released on Leonard Cohen's Death Of A Ladies Man

 

Leonard Cohen (guitar & vocal), Bob Dylan, Billy Diez & Allen Ginsberg (back-up vocals)

 

I was born in a beauty salon, my father was a dresser of hair

My mother was a girl you could call on, when you called, she was always there

When you called, she was always there, when you called, she was always there

When you called, she was always there, when you called, she was always there

 

Ah, but don't go home with your hard-on, it will only drive you insane

You can't shake it or break it with your Motown, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain

 

I've looked behind all of these faces, that smile, you're down to your knees

And the lips that say, Come on, taste us, and when you try to, they make you say, Please

When you try to, they make you say, Please, when you try to, they make you say, Please

When you try to, they make you say, Please, when you try to, they make you say, Please

 

Ah, but don't go home with your hard-on, it will only drive you insane

You can't shake it or break it with your Motown, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

 

Here come's your bride with her veil on, approach her, you wretch, if you dare

Approach her, you ape with your tail on, once you have her, she'll always be there

Once you have her, she'll always be there, once you have her, she'll always be there

Once you have her, she'll always be there, once you have her, she'll always be there

 

Ah, but don't go home with your hard-on, it will only drive you insane

You can't shake it or break it with your Motown, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain

 

So I work in that same beauty salon, I'm chained to the old masquerade

The lipstick, the shadow, the silicone, I follow my father's trade

Yes ,I follow my father's trade, I follow my father's trade

I follow my father's trade, I follow my father's trade

 

Ah, but don't go home with your hard-on, it will only drive you insane

You can't shake it or break it with your Motown, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't melt it down in the rain, you can't melt it down in the rain

You can't

 

Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On. 197703??

 

 

I’m Cold (Bob Dylan)

First performed Winter 1977. Information in Clinton Heylin's Still on the Road - The Songs Of Bob Dylan Vol. 2: 1974-2008

 

 

First To Say Goodbye (Gladys Knight)

First performed 26 December 1977, Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California