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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 02:56 PM
What are some of Dylans lesser known songs that you think are as good as say the popular ones.

I'll start with
Man In The Long Black Coat off of Oh Mercy

 
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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 03:12 PM
I always liked:
Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues
Who Killed Davey Moore
The Usual
Things Have Changed
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Where did Vincent Van Gogh?

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 03:20 PM
This is hard to answer because I'm not sure what would be considered lesser known v.s. popular with his songs ... I listen to all of his stuff and really don't have anything I don't like.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:07 PM
If you think it's hard to pick favorite ABB songs, its about 20 times harder to pick out favorite Dylan tunes...the scope of his song catalog is literally like a public library.

I am a Dylan freak for many years so my list would be way too lengthy...
I will however list just one... "Idiot Wind", from his gem of gems "Blood On The Tracks".

I consider this song to be one of the most powerful songs ever written...by anyone.
It is full of anger, regret, heartache, sorrow and just about every other human emotion possible.


For those that aren't familiar, I will post the lyrics and a link to the original audio recording...it is quite moving. You really need to listen while you read the lyrics, it is pretty venomous the way he sings it.

There is only one Bob Dylan - a true genius.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enhmhbNq76M




Idiot Wind

- Bob Dylan

Someone's got it in for me, they're planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they'd cut it out but when they will I can only guess.
They say I shot a man named Gray and took his wife to Italy,
She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me.
I can't help it if I'm lucky.

People see me all the time and they just can't remember how to act
Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts.
Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at,
I couldn't believe after all these years, you didn't know me better than that
Sweet lady.

Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the backroads headin' south.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.


I ran into the fortune-teller, who said beware of lightning that might strike
I haven't known peace and quiet for so long I can't remember what it's like.
There's a lone soldier on the cross, smoke pourin' out of a boxcar door,
You didn't know it, you didn't think it could be done, in the final end he won the wars
After losin' every battle.

I woke up on the roadside, daydreamin' 'bout the way things sometimes are
Visions of your chestnut mare shoot through my head and are makin' me see stars.
You hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies.
One day you'll be in the ditch, flies buzzin' around your eyes,
Blood on your saddle.

Idiot wind, blowing through the flowers on your tomb,
Blowing through the curtains in your room.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.


It was gravity which pulled us down and destiny which broke us apart
You tamed the lion in my cage but it just wasn't enough to change my heart.
Now everything's a little upside down, as a matter of fact the wheels have stopped,
What's good is bad, what's bad is good, you'll find out when you reach the top
You're on the bottom.

I noticed at the ceremony, your corrupt ways had finally made you blind
I can't remember your face anymore, your mouth has changed, your eyes
don't look into mine.
The priest wore black on the seventh day and sat stone-faced while the building
burned.
I waited for you on the running boards, near the cypress trees, while the springtime
turned Slowly into autumn.

Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull,
From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.


I can't feel you anymore, I can't even touch the books you've read
Every time I crawl past your door, I been wishin' I was somebody else instead.
Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy,
I followed you beneath the stars, hounded by your memory
And all your ragin' glory.

I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I'm finally free,
I kissed goodbye the howling beast on the borderline which separated you from me.
You'll never know the hurt I suffered nor the pain I rise above,
And I'll never know the same about you, your holiness or your kind of love,
And it makes me feel so sorry.

Idiot wind, blowing through the buttons of our coats,
Blowing through the letters that we wrote.
Idiot wind, blowing through the dust upon our shelves,
We're idiots, babe.
It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves.

Copyright 1974 Ram's Horn Music







[Edited on 10/10/2008 by EddieP]

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:28 PM
Eddie - that's definitely one of my favorite Dylan tunes, too. I had a hard time with this question getting a handle on what would fall under that 'lesser known' category (I've listened to Dylan so consistently since the 60's that his music doesn't feel lesser known to me, I guess)

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:33 PM
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Eddie - that's definitely one of my favorite Dylan tunes, too.


I agree. While it might be a bit too long and too deep for radio play and greatest hits collections, for just about any Dylan fan I know, Idiot Wind is going to be at or near the top of any list of "favorites." I particularly like the slower, more plaintive acoustic version found on the Bootleg series, Vol. 2.

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:35 PM
"Trust Yourself"

Trust yourself,
Trust yourself to do the things that only you know best.
Trust yourself,
Trust yourself to do what's right and not be second-guessed.
Don't trust me to show you beauty
When beauty may only turn to rust.
If you need somebody you can trust, trust yourself.

Trust yourself,
Trust yourself to know the way that will prove true in the end.
Trust yourself,
Trust yourself to find the path where there is no if and when.
Don't trust me to show you the truth
When the truth may only be ashes and dust.
If you want somebody you can trust, trust yourself.

Well, you're on your own, you always were,
In a land of wolves and thieves.
Don't put your hope in ungodly man
Or be a slave to what somebody else believes.

Trust yourself
And you won't be disappointed when vain people let you down.
Trust yourself
And look not for answers where no answers can be found.
Don't trust me to show you love
When my love may be only lust.
If you want somebody you can trust, trust yourself.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:38 PM
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While it might be a bit too long and too deep for radio play and greatest hits collections, for just about any Dylan fan I know, Idiot Wind is going to be at or near the top of any list of "favorites."
Definitely. I loved the way Pete Hamill wrote about this tune in the liner notes for Blood on the Tracks.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:47 PM
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While it might be a bit too long and too deep for radio play and greatest hits collections, for just about any Dylan fan I know, Idiot Wind is going to be at or near the top of any list of "favorites."
Definitely. I loved the way Pete Hamill wrote about this tune in the liner notes for Blood on the Tracks.

Yep, those "Blood on The Tracks" liner notes I have read numerous times...especially when I was a kid.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:51 PM
Howsa bout Brownsville Girl from the widely panned Dylan LP Knocked Out Loaded ?................joe
 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 04:57 PM
Lately I've had "Blonde on Blonde" on my IPod...

"Fourth Time Around" is a nice obscure one which I like from that as well as "(Sooner or Later) One of us Must know".

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:12 PM
I don't think Idiot Wind is a lesser gem. It's a pretty well known song. It's certainly my favorite off Blood on the Tracks (along with Tangled up in Blue of course) Here is my favorite lesser known gem off of Bringing It All Back Home, On the Road Again:

Well, I woke up in the morning
There's frogs inside my socks
Your mama, she's a-hidin'
Inside the icebox
Your daddy walks in wearin'
A Napoleon Bonaparte mask
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, do you have to ask?

Well, I go to pet your monkey
I get a face full of claws
I ask who's in the fireplace
And you tell me Santa Claus
The milkman comes in
He's wearing a derby hat
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, how come you have to ask me that?

Well, I asked for something to eat
I'm hungry as a hog
So I get brown rice, seaweed
And a dirty hot dog
I've got a hole
Where my stomach disappeared
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, I gotta think you're really weird.

Your grandpa's cane
It turns into a sword
Your grandma prays to pictures
That are pasted on a board
Everything inside my pockets
Your uncle steals
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, I can't believe that you're for real.

Well, there's fist fights in the kitchen
They're enough to make me cry
The mailman comes in
Even he's gotta take a side
Even the butler
He's got something to prove
Then you ask why I don't live here
Honey, how come you don't move?

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:15 PM
One song I rarely hear anybody mention other than me is "Motorpsycho Nightmare."

Sometimes the only thing you need from a tune is a good laugh, and this song is packed with 'em.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:21 PM
Dear Landlord, for some reason that haunts me
Jokerman is sooo good, a small dog licking his face
Under The Red Sky is an all encompasing song
Isis is mystical, child....

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:30 PM
Here's some of my favorite songs (other than most of the hits)

Buckets of Rain - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/buckets-rain
Temporary Like Achilles - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/temporary-achilles
It Ain't Me Babe - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/it-aint-me-babe
Watered-Down Love - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/watered-down-love
Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/leopard-skin-pill-box-hat


 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:38 PM
I was not ever really into Bob Dylan, other than a few select tunes... I just never really understood what all the hype was about I had posted that in a thread awhile back & Crazyjoe decided to try & reform me so he sent me 6 cd's of Dylan songs, old & newer...lots to listen to & I have to thank him for that because I truly like a majority of his songs & listen quite often, and I wouldn't have otherwise! I get it now!

 

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  posted on 10/10/2008 at 09:48 PM
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Here's some of my favorite songs (other than most of the hits)

Buckets of Rain - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/buckets-rain
Temporary Like Achilles - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/temporary-achilles
It Ain't Me Babe - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/it-aint-me-babe
Watered-Down Love - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/watered-down-love
Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat - http://www.bobdylan.com/#/songs/leopard-skin-pill-box-hat




You picked some good ones, Buckets Of Rain is one of my favorites. Another off Blood On The Tracks I dig is Meet Me In The Morning. That album is my favorite Dylan, hands down. BUT, UMMMM.... It Ain't Me Babe is a "HIT", many artists have done that song, Johhny Cash slayed it..................

 

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 11:21 AM
Well, I don't know if it's ever hit the top 40, but I never heard it on the radio.

Here's a taste of Dylan from my Imeem music player.

http://www.imeem.com/angelemerald/playlist/ytdx9-xn/dylan_playlist_music_pl aylist/


 

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 11:49 AM
The whole Oh Mercy album is filed with great, little known gems.

In particular I love MOST OF THE TIME, just heart-wrenching lyrics and a great, atmospheric recording.

Most of the time
I'm clear focused all around,
Most of the time
I can keep both feet on the ground,
I can follow the path, I can read the signs,
Stay right with it, when the road unwinds,
I can handle whatever I stumble upon,
I don't even notice she's gone,
Most of the time.

Most of the time
It's well understood,
Most of the time
I wouldn't change it if I could,
I can't make it all match up, I can hold my own,
I can deal with the situation right down to the bone,
I can survive, I can endure
And I don't even think about her
Most of the time.

Most of the time
My head is on straight,
Most of the time
I'm strong enough not to hate.
I don't build up illusion 'till it makes me sick,
I ain't afraid of confusion no matter how thick
I can smile in the face of mankind.
Don't even remember what her lips felt like on mine
Most of the time.

Most of the time
She ain't even in my mind,
I wouldn't know her if I saw her
She's that far behind.
Most of the time
I can't even be sure
If she was ever with me
Or if I was with her.

Most of the time
I'm halfway content,
Most of the time
I know exactly where I went,
I don't cheat on myself, I don't run and hide,
Hide from the feelings, that are buried inside,
I don't compromised and I don't pretend,
I don't even care if I ever see her again
Most of the time.

 

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 11:57 AM
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath'rin'.
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

William Zanzinger, who at twenty-four years
Owns a tobacco farm of six hundred acres
With rich wealthy parents who provide and protect him
And high office relations in the politics of Maryland,
Reacted to his deed with a shrug of his shoulders
And swear words and sneering, and his tongue it was snarling,
In a matter of minutes on bail was out walking.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

Hattie Carroll was a maid of the kitchen.
She was fifty-one years old and gave birth to ten children
Who carried the dishes and took out the garbage
And never sat once at the head of the table
And didn't even talk to the people at the table
Who just cleaned up all the food from the table
And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level,
Got killed by a blow, lay slain by a cane
That sailed through the air and came down through the room,
Doomed and determined to destroy all the gentle.
And she never done nothing to William Zanzinger.
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Take the rag away from your face.
Now ain't the time for your tears.

In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all's equal and that the courts are on the level
And that the strings in the books ain't pulled and persuaded
And that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after and caught 'em
And that the ladder of law has no top and no bottom,
Stared at the person who killed for no reason
Who just happened to be feelin' that way without warnin'.
And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished,
And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance,
William Zanzinger with a six-month sentence.
Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears,
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now's the time for your tears.

 

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The Death Of Emmett Till
"Twas down in Mississippi no so long ago,
When a young boy from Chicago town stepped through a Southern door.
This boy's dreadful tragedy I can still remember well,
The color of his skin was black and his name was Emmett Till.

Some men they dragged him to a barn and there they beat him up.
They said they had a reason, but I can't remember what.
They tortured him and did some evil things too evil to repeat.
There was screaming sounds inside the barn, there was laughing sounds out on the street.

Then they rolled his body down a gulf amidst a bloody red rain
And they threw him in the waters wide to cease his screaming pain.
The reason that they killed him there, and I'm sure it ain't no lie,
Was just for the fun of killin' him and to watch him slowly die.

And then to stop the United States of yelling for a trial,
Two brothers they confessed that they had killed poor Emmett Till.
But on the jury there were men who helped the brothers commit this awful crime,
And so this trial was a mockery, but nobody seemed to mind.

I saw the morning papers but I could not bear to see
The smiling brothers walkin' down the courthouse stairs.
For the jury found them innocent and the brothers they went free,
While Emmett's body floats the foam of a Jim Crow southern sea.

If you can't speak out against this kind of thing, a crime that's so unjust,
Your eyes are filled with dead men's dirt, your mind is filled with dust.
Your arms and legs they must be in shackles and chains, and your blood it must refuse to flow,
For you let this human race fall down so God-awful low!

This song is just a reminder to remind your fellow man
That this kind of thing still lives today in that ghost-robed Ku Klux Klan.
But if all of us folks that thinks alike, if we gave all we could give,
We could make this great land of ours a greater place to live.

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 07:27 PM
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One song I rarely hear anybody mention other than me is "Motorpsycho Nightmare."

Sometimes the only thing you need from a tune is a good laugh, and this song is packed with 'em.





Yeah, I think the song Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat is a hoot.

I love Bob's sarcastic wit too. It Ain't Me Babe or Temporary Like Achilles for example or Ballad of a Thin Man. I could go on...

And then he can be quite romantic yet not sappy, Buckets of Rain, All I Really Want to Do, Had a Dream About You, Baby to name a few.




[Edited on 10/12/2008 by Angelemerald]

 

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 09:54 PM
Cerified Dylan Freak here. I don't even try to argue with people who don't get him. He's hands down the coolest cat walking around.

Posting youtub vids is a bit redundant but here my favorite Dylan gems. All might as well be different guys. His changing styles are amazing to me.

My favorite tune from my favorite Dylan album. Thanks Jerry Garcia for turning me onto this gem. watch it played perfectly: Simple Twist of Fate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYybKGp1ycQ&feature=related

Another favorite from Blood on Tracks but a much more raw and rowdy performance. His slide is so bad it's good. Shelter from the Storm:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRwKudE2Qdw&feature=related

Garage Band Dylan : License to Kill. I wish the entire Infidels album was played in this style. It amazes me how that albums lyrics seem about the present time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC-ZF1BwkKo&feature=related




 

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  posted on 10/11/2008 at 10:45 PM
Tommy, thanks for that link for Shelter From The Storm. Man, I remember seeing that over 30 years ago and flipping over it and never seeing it since. I even remember saying the same thing about his slide playing-it's so bad, it's good. What a blast from the past. BTW, I'm pretty sure that was T. Bone Burnett playing the Les Paul stage left. He was in the Rolling Thunder Revue back in those days.

I also thought Infidels is one of Dylan's most underrated records. Man, how can you go wrong with Mark Knopfler and Mick Taylor on guitars? Man Of Peace is a killer tune, as is Jokerman.

 

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  posted on 10/12/2008 at 12:11 AM
I like Tangled up in Blue
 
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