Bob Dylan’s Set lists for Japan: the Untold Proposal

by mr tambourine

Before I start writing, I just want to say, that after researching Bob’s current shows as deep as I can, and his entire live career and some of his studio albums, this would be my wishlist of setlists that are coming from April 1. Desperately hope Bob sees this, and gives these ones a try.

  • April 1 2020 , Tokyo
  • show #1 of Japanese Tour
  1. Things Have Changed
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Highway 61 Revisited
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Early Roman Kings
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Thunder On The Mountain
  16. Soon After Midnight
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  3. Buckets Of Rain (first since 1990!)

Instrumentally…

  • 1, 18 – Bob on guitar
  • 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20 – Bob on piano
  • 4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 19 – Bob center stage

And the new lyrics for Buckets Of Rain

''Buckets of rain
Buckets of tears
Got all them buckets wastin' my years''

''Like your smile
And your fingertips
I like the way you move your hips
I like the cool way you look at me
Every day spent with you makes me feel guilty''

''Painted wagon
Painted bike
I ain't no fool, but I know what I like
I like the way you hold me strong and slow
I'll still be in love with you, baby, no matter where I go''
  • April 2 2020, Tokyo
  • show #2 of Japanese Tour
  1. It’s All Good (first since 2009)
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Highway 61 Revisited
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Early Roman Kings
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Thunder On The Mountain
  16. Soon After Midnight
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  3. Buckets Of Rain

Instrumentally…

1, 18 - Bob on guitar
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20 - Bob on piano
4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 19 - Bob center stage

New lyrics for ”It’s All Good”

''Talk about me, babe, if you must
Leave me hanging, ruin my trust
I'd do the same, I surely would
You know what they say, they say it's all good''

''People sick in the country, people sick on the land
Some so sick, they can hardly stand
Everybody would move away, if they could
It's hard to believe, but it's all good''

''They find a disease, they give it a name
Put us on our knees, force us to pray
But this disease, will be cured..
You can be sure of that, 'cause it's all good'' 
  • April 4 2020, Tokyo
  • show #3 of Japanese Tour
  1. Cold Irons Bound (first since 2011)
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Highway 61 Revisited
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Early Roman Kings
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Thunder On The Mountain
  16. Soon After Midnight
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  3. Buckets Of Rain

Instrumentally…

1, 18 - Bob on guitar
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20 - Bob on piano
4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 19 - Bob center stage

New lyrics for ”Cold Irons Bound”

''I'm beginning to hear voices
There's no one around
I'm all used up
Can't hear no other sound''

''The tornadoes of change
Have torn me to shreds
Reality has always
Had too many heads''
  • April 5 2020, Tokyo
  • show #4 of Japanese Tour
  1. Things Have Changed
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Early Roman Kings
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Thunder On The Mountain
  16. Soon After Midnight
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Instrumentally…

1 - Bob on guitar
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 - Bob on piano
4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 18 - Bob center stage
  • April 6 2020, Tokyo
  • show #5 of Japanese Tour
  1. Things Have Changed
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Honest With Me
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Early Roman Kings
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Thunder On The Mountain
  16. Soon After Midnight
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

 Instrumentally

1 - Bob on guitar
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 - Bob on piano
4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 18 - Bob center stage
  • April 8 2020 , Osaka
  • show #6 of Japanese Tour
  1. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. It’s All Good
  4. Simple Twist Of Fate
  5. Can’t Wait
  6. When I Paint My Masterpiece
  7. Everything Is Broken (first since 2003)
  8. I’ll Remember You (first since 2005)
  9. Mama, You Been On My Mind (first since 2009)
  10. Shot Of Love (first since 1989)
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Cold Irons Bound
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Union Sundown (first since 1992)
  16. If Dogs Run Free (first since 2005)
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Instrumentally

  • 1 – Bob on guitar
  • 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17 – Bob on piano
  • 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 14, 18 – Bob center stage

New lyrics for Everything Is Broken

''Broken saddles on broken horses
Broken battles with broken forces
Broken bottles with broken plugs
Broken cups and broken muggs
When you're young, don't be outspoken
Everything for you will be broken''
''Broken health, broken sickness
Broken vows, broken forgiveness
Broken heaven, broken hell
Broken roof, broken well
If you need anything, get some tokens
Everything else is just broken''

New lyrics for I’ll Remember You

''There's some people that
You don't forget
Whether they make you happy or blue
When the roses fade
I won't be afraid
'Cause I'll remember you''


''Didn't I, didn't I try to love you?
Didn't I, didn't I try to be there?

Didn't I wait for the fate to guide us?
When the rain was falling on your hair''

New lyrics for Mama, You Been On My Mind

''oh, sweet darlin', don't let yourself down, 
the bad times you cannot skip
I am grieving for your love and
I'll be there if you lose your grip
you know that in the end it's all decided by a coin flip
Mama, you'll always be on my mind''

New lyrics for Shot Of Love

''Don't need a shot of medicine to kill my disease
Don't need a shot of holy water to bring to my knees
Don't need a shot of money, what good does it bring?
Don't need a shot of judgement, I need a shot of angels' wings
I need a shot of love''
''Don't need a shot of morning, to start my day fine
Don't need a shot of nighttime, don't need a shot of wine
Don't need a shot of whiskey, not even from my own
I need a shot of something that don't make me feel alone''

New lyrics for Union Sundown

''My memories come from god knows where
It's really hard to say
Many times I felt life wasn't fair
But I made more than a few cents a day
I feel blessed most of the time
When I think of all of this
Thankfully, I saw the sign right on time
And wasn't betrayed by a kiss''

SECOND TO LAST VERSE

''My name came from Israel
There's nothing I could ever do
I was born miserable
But I became who I wanted to''

FINAL VERSE

Almost an entire song has different lyrics, covering many geographical locations like the original lyrics do, but with a different meaning. The final two verses add a different tone, bringing humor and religion to the story!

If Dogs Run Free new lyrics

''Some people say ''who let the dogs out''
I say let them go!''

''Just do your thing
Start to sing
When dogs run free!''
  • April 9 2020, Osaka
  • show #7 of Japanese Tour
  1. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (first singing version since 2014)
  4. You’re A Big Girl Now (first since 2007)
  5. Shot Of Love
  6. Shelter From The Storm (first since 2015)
  7. Everything Is Broken
  8. I’ll Remember You
  9. Mama, You Been On My Mind
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Cold Irons Bound
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Union Sundown
  16. Buckets Of Rain
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Instrumentally…

  • 1 – Bob on guitar
  • 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 – Bob on piano
  • 3, 5, 10, 12, 14 – Bob center stage

 

  • April 10 2020, Osaka
  • show #8 of Japanese Tour
  1. Cat’s In The Well (first since 2010)
  2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  3. It’s All Good
  4. You’re A Big Girl Now
  5. Shot Of Love
  6. Shelter From The Storm
  7. Everything Is Broken
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Make You Feel My Love
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. Lenny Bruce
  12. Cold Irons Bound
  13. Girl From The North Country
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Union Sundown
  16. If Dogs Run Free
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

Instrumentally…

  • 1 – Bob on guitar
  • 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 – Bob on piano
  • 3, 5, 10, 12, 14 – Bob center stage

 

  • April 14 2020, Tokyo
  • show #9 of the Japanese Tour
  1. Things Have Changed
  2. My Back Pages (first since 2012)
  3. It’s All Good
  4. You’re A Big Girl Now
  5. Shot Of Love
  6. Shelter From The Storm
  7. Everything Is Broken
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. I’ll Remember You (new arrangement)
  12. Cold Irons Bound
  13. Mama, You Been On My Mind (new arrangement)
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Union Sundown
  16. Buckets Of Rain
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody

Encore

  1. Girl From The North Country
  2. NEW ORIGINAL SONG (Live debut)
  3. Cat’s In The Well

Instrumentally

  • 1, 3, 19, 20 – Bob on guitar
  • 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 – Bob on piano
  • 5, 10, 12, 14 – Bob center stage

 

  • April 15 2020 , Tokyo
  • show #10 of Japanese Tour
  1. Things Have Changed
  2. My Back Pages
  3. It’s All Good
  4. You’re A Big Girl Now
  5. Shot Of Love
  6. Shelter From The Storm
  7. Everything Is Broken
  8. Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
  9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
  10. Pay In Blood
  11. I’ll Remember You
  12. Cold Irons Bound
  13. Mama, You Been On My Mind
  14. Not Dark Yet
  15. Union Sundown
  16. Buckets Of Rain
  17. Gotta Serve Somebody
  • Encore
  1. Girl From The North Country
  2. NEW ORIGINAL SONG

Instrumentally…

1, 3, 19 – Bob on guitar

2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 – Bob on piano

5, 10, 12, 14 – Bob center stage

And then…

Same set until the end of the tour after this.

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