By Tony Attwood
If you have been following the postings of reviews of the Dylan songs in the 1970s you will know that by mid March 2018 we have pretty well got the whole decade sorted. You can see the complete list for the whole decade with links to each and every song review by clicking here. Just scroll down – its a pretty big list.
Anyway, the very last song to be reviewed is a mystery that I can’t solve. But I am sure that someone else can… so here is my appeal.
The song is listed as “Daddy’s gonna take one more ride” by Heylin, and he mentions a possible source as well as it being performed in the New Haven soundcheck of September 1978.
Now we have been working through this video song by song (as you will either have seen from the reviews that preceded this or from the link to the songs of the 1970s.
We have one song left at the end of the sequence starting at around 16 minutes 22 seconds, and I can’t place this song. The logical answer would be this is Heylin’s missing “Daddy’s gonna take one more ride.” But I don’t hear those lyrics, nor do I recognise this as a song from anyone else (although of course my knowledge is only partial so it easily could be something I missed.
I have particularly looked around the work of Shel Siverstein whom Heylin particularly references but without any luck there.
So going further, to see if anyone else had trod this road before me I searched around some more and found that the person who writes the Dylan Haiku website hit exactly the same snag – looks like he really had reached the same dead end.
My next step was to ask Larry to see if he could disentangle the lyrics. Larry commented that he found some “Mary Shelley / Poe-like possibilities and came up with…
It is an extremely frustrating end to the journey through this era of Dylan’s writing, and if you can identify the song, provide some lyrics or give any other clues that would be wonderful as I think that would pretty much wrap up the build up to Slow Train – although again if you know of any song written in this period we’ve missed and can direct me to a recording, then even better.
If we head towards a solution I’ll re-write this page and of course acknowledge those who contribute – using whatever name you want to acknowledge your contribution. If no one knows anything this page just stays here – a monument to the song that defeated us.