January 27, 2014 marks the 48th anniversary of Bob Dylan recording “I’ll Keep It With Mine.”
This song is endlessly mysterious. It’s a favorite of mine, and like most of my favorite Dylan songs, I’ve thought about it for years and still don’t know all of what it’s about. It’s a song that keeps on giving, year after year.
The session when Dylan recorded this song took place in New York at Columbia’s Studio A. It was the last New York session done for Blonde On Blonde. The album was completed in Nashville.
You’ll find the lyrics here.
There are many versions of this song.
This version of “I’ll Keep It With Mine” was recorded on January 27, 1966, and, as we all know, wasn’t included on Blonde On Blonde. It was never recorded for a Dylan studio album.
The song ended up on the first “Bootleg Series” release, Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare & unreleased] 1961-1991.
This version was recorded a year earlier on January 14, 1965:
This version was recorded June 1964 and released on The Whitmark Demos 1962-1964:
Plus an instrumental version recorded in Nashville that was used in Wim Wender’s “Paris, Texas.”
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