By Tony Attwood
A while back we had the idea of asking readers who also wrote songs if they fancied taking any of Dylan’s unfinished works and completing them by adding the music. We called the series “Bob Dylan Showcase” and among the songs we came up with was “Don’t let anyone write your story”
We had a version sent in, and then yours truly had a bash at making up a version, which was recorded on my phone without studio whatnot – all pretty basic as the Untold office doesn’t actually have its own recording studio. Those versions are here
After that Rob Berretta showed us what could be done with the piece. So that made it three versions.
Now we have a fourth from Paul Robert Thomas. Here it is, with the lyrics underneath.
We’ve all got a story to tell But only you can write it well For you’ve lived through it for real Only you could know how you feel You’ve lived through the pain and the glory Don’t let anyone write your story You’ve lived through the pain and the glory Don’t let anyone write your story When I come home from work when the day is done I wanna spend the night with my loved one For it’s lovin’ that makes the world go ‘round You’re my Angel with both feet on the ground You might live in a palace or in a dormitory But don’t let anyone write your story They try to tempt me with gold and jewels But I won’t talk to these slithering fools When I’m ready I’ll start to recall And I’ll write about this man’s rise and fall They might talk in rhymes or in allegories But don’t let anyone write your story They’ll appear so sincere but it’s just a front They will twist your words and write what they want No-one will listen when you try to deny They will look blindly at truths fading eye They chased and pursued her till she died It wasn’t enough their paper chains of lies It’s a crying shame no less That she was killed by an overdose of press You’ve lived through the pain and the glory Don’t let anyone write your story Trust yourself to tell what’s true The only one that knows what’s true is you So write your story before it’s too late Before you arrive outside those pearly gates
Bob Dylan/Gerry Goffin/Carole King/Paul Robert Thomas
It turns out these Untold readers are a rather talented bunch!
Bob Dylan Showcase
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- Make you feel my love – Denise Konkal
- Rev Kevin Waters, “Tomorrow is a long time”
- Property of Jesus, Ron Sexsmith
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- Untold Dylan showcase: Make you feel my love – Jüri Aidas
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