Video: Bob Dylan at the Academy Of Music, Philly Nov. 23, 2014 – ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’

Bob Dylan and band in Philadelphia.

Video from Bob Dylan’s Philadelphia performance on November 23, 2014, at the Academy of Music. First song from his 2-song encore.

Great version. I love how he’s remade this song.

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

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Video: Bob Dylan at the Academy Of Music, Philly 2014 – “She Belongs To Me,’ ‘Simple Twist Of Fate’ & More

Bob Dylan and band in Philadelphia.

Bob Dylan is in the midst of a three-night run at the Academy Of Music in Philadelphia. These performances are from the November 21, 2014 show.

“She Belongs To Me”:

“Duquesne Whistle”:

“Simple Twist Of Fate”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind”:

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Video: Watch Writer of ‘Born Bob Dylan’ Sing Her Song with Kids Choir

Susan Justice

So yesterday I posted The Veronicas’ new version of the song “Born Bob Dylan.”

I didn’t know that a more soulful version of the song by its author Susan Cagle, who performs as Susan Justice, had come out on the album Eat Dirt in 2013.

What I don’t understand is why, although Cagle wrote the song, on the version by The Veronicas it’s credited to the two Origlisasso sisters (The Veronicas) and producer Tobias (Toby) Gad, produced and played various instruments on Eat Dirt, and who has produced songs for The Veronicas including their version of “Born Bob Dylan”.

Cagle/Justice has an interesting story which you can get a sense of here.

Here is the song, as performed by Susan Justice & PS22 Chorus:

Here she talks about the song:

Correct lyrics to “Born Bob Dylan”:

Verse: C – D – Em
If I don’t say anything it’s wrong
if I said it, it wouldn’t come out right
It’s been keeping me up all night

Half my life I’ve been told to shut up
so how am I gonna open up
wish you could just read my mind

Pre-chorus:
If I shared all of me would you run away
if I sugar coated what I had to say
in poetry would it make you stay

Chorus:
I wish I was born Bob Dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like Rosa Parks
and followed my heart
unafraid of the truth
even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
even if the water was cold I’d take a deep breath
and get it off my chest
and hope for the best

Verse 2:
They say either way you win
if it’s mutual why hold it in
and it’s not meant to be
and you tell the truth it will set you free

but all their wisdom doesn’t help me now
I’m scared and I gotta find out
how to speak my mind
without metaphors and prose and rhymes
and still make you mine

Pre chorus 2:
I hope you know what I mean when I’m acting mean
cuz I don’t say what I mean when I’m caught in-between
and I’m afraid
the real you is eluding me

Chorus:
1 x D – Am – C – G
2 x D – Em – C – G
1 x D – Em – C
I wish I was born Bob Dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like Rosa Parks
and followed my heart
unafraid of the truth
even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
even if the water was cold I’d take a deep breath
and get it off my chest

Bridge:
And hope you will catch
me when I fall
and love me back
when I show you my all
Fill in the blanks
if I’m not making sense
be patient with me

Chorus:
1 x D – Am – C – G
2 x D – Em – C – G
1 x D – Em – C
I wish I was born Bob Dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like Rosa Parks
and followed my heart
unafraid of the truth
even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
even if the water was cold I’d take a deep breath
and get it off my chest
and hope for the best

Even if I stood alone
didn’t know how it was gonna go
gotta get it off my chest
and hope for the best

if I don’t say anything it’s wrong if I said it it wouldn’t come out right

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Audio: Stream The Veronicas’ New Song, ‘Born Bob Dylan’

On The Veronicas’ new self-titled album, released this past week, is a song called “Born Bob Dylan.”

The Veronicas are identical twin sisters Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso.

They’re from Brisbane, Australia, and based on this song, they’re got a bombastic pop sound.

Their third album has been released by Sony, which, of course, owns the label Dylan records for, Columbia.

Musically, this song has nothing in common with Dylan, but I think the sincerity of the lyrics is cool.

“Born Bob Dylan” lyrics:

If I don’t say anything it’s wrong
If I said it wouldn’t come out right
It’s been keeping me up all night
Half my life I’ve been told to shut up
So how am I gonna open up?
Wish you could just read my mind

If I shared all of me
Would you run away?
If I sugarcoat what I had to say in poetry
Would it make you stay?

I wish I was born bob dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like rosa parks
And follow my heart and free the truth
Even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
Even if the water was cold
I’d take a deep breath and get it off my chest

I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan

They say either way you win
If you’re feeling it right gotta hold it in
What is meant to be will be
But all the wisdom doesn’t help me now
I’m scared and I gotta find out how to speak my mind
If metaphors are frozen
I’m still making mine
I hope you know what I mean when I’m mad at me
Cause I don’t see what I’m in when I’m caught in between
I’m afraid the real you is alluring me

I wish I was born bob dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like rosa parks
And follow my heart and free the truth
Even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
Even if the water was cold
I’d take a deep breath and get it off my chest

I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan

With you I’m ripped wide open at the seams
I’m not that tough
But you could hear the song inside of me
But it’s not enough
All the things I wanna say to you
Read it on my face

I wish I was born bob dylan
Had all the words to speak my feelings
I wish I stood up like rosa parks
And follow my heart and free the truth
Even if I stood alone
I didn’t know how it was gonna go
Even if the water was cold
I’d take a deep breath and get it off my chest

I wish I was born bob dylan
Even if I stood alone
Didn’t know how it was gonna go
Gotta get it off my chest
And hope for the best

I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan

I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan
I wish I was born bob dylan

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Audio: Listen to Demos Bob Dylan Recorded in November, 1962 – ‘Ye Playboys & Playgirls,’ ‘Long Ago, Far Away’ & More

Fifty-two years ago, in November of 1962, Bob Dylan recorded a number of demos at the office of Broadside magazine, and for Whitmark Music, his music publishers, at their office.

The Whitmark Demos were officially released on The Whitmark Demos 1962 – 1964: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9. Some of the Broadside recordings have been released as well.

Here’s a promo video about the Whitmark Demos.

Bob Dylan – “The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964″ from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

More info here.

This review ran in The Guardian.

Below you can listen to some of the songs that Dylan demoed in November of 1962. I highly recommend that you purchase a copy of The Whitmark Demos 1962 – 1964: The Bootleg Series Vol. 9, which includes 47 demos recorded during 1962, 1963 and 1964.

“Long Ago, Far Away”:

Long Ago, Far Away by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“I’d Hate To Be You On That Dreadful Day”:

I'd Hate to Be You on That Dreadful Day by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Oxford Town”:

Oxford Town by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Paths Of Victory”:

Paths of Victory by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Walkin’ Down the Line”:

Walkin' Down the Line by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Ye Playboys And Playgirls”:

Ye Playboys & Playgirls by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

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Audio: Michael Goldberg & T Bone Burnett Talk About the ‘Basement Tapes’

As I posted last week, I did an interview with Brian Wise on Triple R radio in Australia about Bob Dylan and the Basement Tapes.

I talk about the background and context in which the Basement Tapes sessions occurred, and why they’re important. Following my interview is an interview with T Bone Burnett.

The interviews aired this past Saturday, but now they’re available on-demand.

You can now stream all of it right now online at Triple R radio right here.

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Video: Bob Dylan, Neil Young Perform ‘Like A Rolling Stone, ’ ‘Everybody’s Movin’,’ ‘Gates Of Eden’ & More – June 10, 1988

On June 10, 1988, Bob Dylan and his band performed at the Greek Theater, University of California, Berkeley, California.

They were joined by Neil Young on wild electric guitar.

The band consisted of: Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Neil Young (guitar), G. E. Smith (guitar), Kenny Aaronson (bass), Christopher Parker (drums).

These first songs are without Neil Young.

“Joey”:

“Absolutely Sweet Marie”:

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

Neil Young joins Dylan for these songs except “Rank Strangers To Me”:

“It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”:

“In The Garden”:

“Gates Of Eden”:

“Like A Rolling Stone”:

“Rank Strangers To Me”:

“Everybody’s Moving'”:

“Maggie’s Farm”:

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Listen to New Liz Phair Christmas Song, ‘Ho Ho Ho’ – Her First New Music Since 2012

This new song from Liz Phair, “Ho Ho Ho,” is off Amazon’s holiday playlist All Is Bright
.

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Video: Watch Angel Olsen’s Latest, ‘Windows,’ Right Now!

New video from Angel Olsen. Beautiful song.

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