A Dylan cover a Day: Peggy Day and Pledging my time

By Tony Attwood

Two songs today, because they come next to each other in the alphabetical order of Dylan songs and because in both cases cover versions are hard to find.   In the case of “Peggy Day,” this is a song for which I don’t think we’ve ever published a cover version – not even within Jochen’s five-part series on the song (there’s an index to the series at the top of part five).

And indeed with a little time on my hands before going out for my weekly walk with the Ramblers in the winter’s sunshine, I can only find one on the internet.

It’s a jolly bit of fun, which shows this is certainly a song that has cover possibilities – in terms of a second vocalist – the harmonies in the middle 8 are gorgeous as is the instrumental break.

The 1937 Flood

So that’s it, and even for me that seems a bit feeble for a complete article so I move on to the next song in the alphabetical order, which turned out to be just as problematic.

Pledging my time: Luther Johnson.

The problem with “Pledging” is that it is a dead straight 12 bar blues and for those who want to re-work Dylan there are so many other songs to try, why go for this one?  Here the band do a decent job, but in the end it is still as 12 bar blues.

By far, by far, by far +the best “Pledging” comes from Old Crowe Medicine Show, but it is one of their songs that they have not put on the internet.  However, it is on Spotify and really, really, really worth a listen.  They take it at full gallop, and by full gallop, I mean faster than you could ever imagine and then double the speed.   And then some.

If you have a Spotify subscription do go and listen to it.  I promise you will not go away disappointed – it is an absolute scream, played to perfection.   The whole song in under two minutes including the two instrumental breaks.

Glas Yngstrom

Back to the blues as blues, and it is, well, the blues.

Big Brass Bed

To be fair to this band they do try something a little different with the accompaniment which is well thought through and gives a far more relaxed, thoughtful approach which gives the listener time to contemplate the lyrics – perhaps for the first time in this sequence.   If one is going to approach this song as a straight blues, this is exactly how to do it.

There are plenty more versions if you want to go looking, but really I couldn’t find anything better.  It’s not that inspiring a song, so it does take a real bit of creative flair to get much more out of it… and I think if I were still in the music business, then once I had heard Old Crowe I would certainly be saying to the rest of the band, “First, we can’t do what they have done, and second even if we could we couldn’t do it that well, and third, having heard what Old Crowe did, what is the point of doing anything else?”

If you don’t want to pay for a Spotify subscription, then go and find a friend who has one.

The Dylan Cover a Day series

  1. The song with numbers in the title.
  2. Ain’t Talkin
  3. All I really want to do
  4.  Angelina
  5.  Apple Suckling and Are you Ready.
  6. As I went out one morning
  7.  Ballad for a Friend
  8. Ballad in Plain D
  9. Ballad of a thin man
  10.  Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
  11. The ballad of Hollis Brown
  12. Beyond here lies nothing
  13. Blind Willie McTell
  14.  Black Crow Blues (more fun than you might recall)
  15. An unexpected cover of “Black Diamond Bay”
  16. Blowin in the wind as never before
  17. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  18. You will not believe this… 115th Dream revisited
  19. Boots of Spanish leather
  20. Born in Time
  21. Buckets of Rain
  22. Can you please crawl out your window
  23. Can’t wait
  24. Changing of the Guard
  25. Chimes of Freedom
  26. Country Pie
  27.  Crash on the Levee
  28. Dark Eyes
  29. Dear Landlord
  30. Desolation Row as never ever before (twice)
  31. Dignity.
  32. Dirge
  33. Don’t fall apart on me tonight.
  34. Don’t think twice
  35.  Down along the cove
  36. Drifter’s Escape
  37. Duquesne Whistle
  38. Farewell Angelina
  39. Foot of Pride and Forever Young
  40. Fourth Time Around
  41. From a Buick 6
  42. Gates of Eden
  43. Gotta Serve Somebody
  44. Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall.
  45. Heart of Mine
  46. High Water
  47. Highway 61
  48. Hurricane
  49. I am a lonesome hobo
  50. I believe in you
  51. I contain multitudes
  52. I don’t believe you.
  53. I love you too much
  54. I pity the poor immigrant. 
  55. I shall be released
  56. I threw it all away
  57. I want you
  58. I was young when I left home
  59. I’ll remember you
  60. Idiot Wind and  More idiot wind
  61. If not for you, and a rant against prosody
  62. If you Gotta Go, please go and do something different
  63. If you see her say hello
  64. Dylan cover a day: I’ll be your baby tonight
  65. I’m not there.
  66. In the Summertime, Is your love and an amazing Isis
  67. It ain’t me babe
  68. It takes a lot to laugh
  69. It’s all over now Baby Blue
  70. It’s all right ma
  71. Just Like a Woman
  72. Knocking on Heaven’s Door
  73. Lay down your weary tune
  74. Lay Lady Lay
  75. Lenny Bruce
  76. That brand new leopard skin pill box hat
  77. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  78. License to kill
  79. Like a Rolling Stone
  80. Love is just a four letter word
  81. Love Sick
  82. Maggies Farm!
  83. Make you feel my love; a performance that made me cry.
  84. Mama you’ve been on my mind
  85. Man in a long black coat.
  86. Masters of War
  87. Meet me in the morning
  88. Million Miles. Listen, and marvel.
  89. Mississippi. Listen, and marvel (again)
  90. Most likely you go your way
  91. Most of the time and a rhythmic thing
  92. Motorpsycho Nitemare
  93. Mozambique
  94. Mr Tambourine Man
  95. My back pages, with a real treat at the end
  96. New Morning
  97. New Pony. Listen where and when appropriate
  98. Nobody Cept You
  99. North Country Blues
  100. No time to think
  101. Obviously Five Believers
  102. Oh Sister
  103. On the road again
  104. One more cup of coffee
  105. (Sooner or later) one of us must know
  106. One too many mornings
  107. Only a hobo
  108. Only a pawn in their game
  109. Outlaw Blues – prepare to be amazed
  110. Oxford Town


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