By Tony Attwood
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Now, when I started this little series of Dylan Covers this is what I was thinking of. This song, and the first track below and thinking there must be more utter gems like this floating around. Indeed I imagined discovering cover after cover as amazing and illuminating as this.
Of course, it hasn’t quite worked out like that, but even so, it has been worth the journey just to get here.
Just listen and enjoy
The rhythms are so intriguing, and there is the movement of the language for the title, always sung in harmony. And the accordion that comes in between the verses. Plus so many other elements of the music floating in and floating out. This is a masterpiece; don’t you dare turn it off until it finishes.
Actually, I played a few other non-English language versions just to see if there was something in the song that made it sound exquisite in a foreign tongue, but no, that’s no the point (nor was it ever likely to be).
But try this
Now that is what I call musical imagination. OK this jazz style may not be your thing, but the invention, exploration and desire to express the song differently shine through for me.
And finally, an example of what a couple of chord changes and a chorus of voices can do – combined with a real feeling that these people really, really do want to perform this song. I love this version and keep coming back to it.
Starry-eyed an’ laughing as I recall when we were caught Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended As we listened one last time an’ we watched with one last look Spellbound an’ swallowed ’til the tolling ended Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an’ worse An’ for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing
Oh how I love this song and have always loved it from the day I first heard it and how I have hung onto those last two lines through the days that were somewhat darker than I wanted them to be.
And three superb cover versions to give me another reason to play the song over and over again. Not that I haven’t been doing that since it was first released. I really do hope you have time to listen.
- Dylan cover of the day: Number 1. The song with numbers in the title.
- Dylan cover of the day. No 2: Ain’t Talkin
- Bob Dylan cover of the day No3: All I really want to do
- Dylan cover of the day No4: Angelina
- Dylan covers of the day No 5. Apple Suckling and Are you Ready.
- Cover version of the day No 6: As I went out one morning
- Dylan cover of the day No 7: Ballad for a Friend
- Dylan Cover of the Day No 8: Ballad in Plain D
- Dylan Cover of the Day No 9: Ballad of a thin man
- Dylan cover No. 10: The stunning reworking of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
- Dylan cover of the day No 11: The ballad of Hollis Brown
- A Dylan cover a day No 12: Beyond here lies nothing
- Dylan cover of the day No 13: Blind Willie McTell
- Dylan Cover of the Day 14: Black Crow Blues (more fun than you might recall)
- Dylan Cover of the Day 15: An unexpected cover of “Black Diamond Bay”
- Dylan Cover of the Day 16: Blowin in the wind as never before
- Dylan Cover of the Day 17: Bob Dylan’s Dream
- Dylan Cover of the Day 18: You will not believe this… 115th Dream revisited
- Dylan cover of the day 19: Boots of Spanish leather
- Dylan cover of the day 20: Born in Time
- Dylan cover of the day 21: Buckets of Rain
- Dylan cover of the day: 22 Can you please crawl out your window
- Dylan cover of the day 23: Can’t wait
- Dylan Cover of the Day 24: Changing of the Guard
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