By Tony Attwood
This to me sounds close to being one of those songs that Bob Dylan throws away and which most of the rest of the world would give up everything they own to be able to claim to have written.
The trouble is the electric piano part and vocal is so badly recorded as to make listening to the song really hard going. And then as we are really getting into it, it just suddenly stops.
Maybe the tape ran out, but one thing is sure Bob’s ideas certainly didn’t.
Tragically we only have one version and this is it. Someone, somewhere, needs to get hold of this, work it, complete it and release because it really is a terrific piece of work which tries out playing minor chords against the major that is expected to give a really odd effect.
Looked at written down the sequence is simple, but the way Dylan works the melody around it and then clashes those minors and majors makes it something else. Try it on a piano; it is fun.
Ab, Gb Db Ab; Db E Ab
Middle section Db Ab Db Eb
As for the lyrics the writer of the haiku says
My conclusion is that the words that I yanked out of this after playing it a dozen times are about as deep as the song itself. That’s fine. It was meant to be a fun time, not a writer’s retreat.
The piece starts with an instrumental verse as the band pick up the idea and then the lyrics igo something like this…
Well any time at all Why do I hate you? I can use something anything at all Anytime you want it to Well any time baby time is not time at all You want me to be your man Any time at all like you yes you could yes you know I can.... At the night time all I want is you honey you Well what more can I say? Now you can walk on the back of my shoes Now anytime of day Well each time you see that I'll be your man Yes you can believe I want you too Anytime at all that you understand Anytime you'll know what to do You know that you're mine Yes I do I know all the time You can whisper you Now you might go by nobody's rhyme But that's all right for you Well anytime that you know that you know the rest Honey but you know what's best Anytime later I just want my time But honey you know the rest You know what I want to say I don't know you're in my place Anytime that you want me some Now you come on me and you know what I say...
And that is it, it stops part way through a verse, and we have no more.
OK I realise that no one else at all has picked this is a proto masterpiece, but I suspect that is because of the quality of the recording and the mishmash of the start and the sudden end, but really, this song is something special and had Dylan remembered it we’d all be screaming like mad when he played it at a gig.
As the writer of the Haiku’s says, the Basement Tape time “was meant to be a fun time, not a writer’s retreat,” and yes this is fun time, but the guys happened to strike gold, probably without knowing it (given they didn’t come back to it.)
I can say that if I was still in a band, I’d make this part of the repertoire at once. It is a great song, and of all the songs that I have found on the Basement which I didn’t know before, this is one of a small collection that really stand out to me.
Fortunately for me, although my memory of events, people’s names, people’s faces and everything like that is rubbish, my musical memory doesn’t falter and I can hear this in my head whenever I want, with all the awfulness of the recording cleared out.
What a find! What a piece of bluesy rock n roll!
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