By Tony Attwood
I have loved Dark Eyes from the first moment I heard it and am always sad about the fact Bob’s hardly ever played it on tour. It is a delicate beautiful song of sadness and world weariness. A work of musical and poetic art.
And yet the first cover I am going to present may well have you switching off within the first minute. But if so skip to around 1 minute 30 seconds, and let it roll. It is Jewels and Binoculars’ instrumental version, and if you like what they do just leave the video running.
If you would like to know more about Jewels and Bioculars there is an interesting review here. But I know this is not everyone’s cup of whatnot, so moving on…
By and large I restrict myself to recordings that are on the internet but I must make an exception of The Proper Way with Carrie Myers, who have produced what is the most disturbing version of this song not only that I have heard, but that I can imagine. You can listen to it on Spotify or Amazon, but perhaps not if you are already feeling down. If it gets too much, do listen just to the last minute. It takes the essence of the song, screws it up and the straightens it out again and totally expresses the whole notion of Dark Eyes in music.
Back on the internet Nathan Salsburg and Joan Shelley do it straight but with their own instrumentation experimentations.
But if a gentle harmonic expression which recognises the sadness but doesn’t take it inside you, leaving you free just to consider it from afar, then Dawn Landes and Bonny Prince Billy offered that. It’s beautiful, and I need this to recover from listening to the earlier ventures. The harmonies are quite different, and to be cherished.
And of course I am going to finish with Judy Collins, simply because she knows how to do it so perfectly. And sometimes I don’t want to be challenged in my simple existence sitting here looking at my garden with the bare trees of winter and my windmill, still today as there is no wind. This is where I sit every day and turn out my thoughts on the computer. Today, because we are in the week approaching Christmas, no one phones and demands writing to be completed. At such time Judy does me just fine.
- 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
- Dylan Cover of the Day 25: Chimes of Freedom
- Dylan Cover of the Day 26: Dear Landlord
- Dylan cover of the Day 27: Desolation Row as never ever before (twice)
- Dylan cover of the Day 28: Dignity.
- Dylan Cover of the Day 29: Dirge
- Dylan Cover of the Day 30: Don’t fall apart on me tonight.
- Dylan cover a Day 31: Don’t think twice
- Dylan cover a day 32: Down along the cove
- Dylan Cover of the Day 33: Crash on the Levee
- Dylan cover a day 34: Country Pie
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