Tag Archive | Bob Dylan

“Victory Dance”–My Morning Jacket

Live Version: KCRW Sessions 2011

This is an amazing and unique song that seems infused with an ancient native American soul and still rocks like a stadium rock anthem.

I did not fully appreciate the band, My Morning Jacket, or their charismatic (cult of personality) writer & singer, Jim James, until this last Sunday when I saw them play with Wilco and Bob Dylan for the Americanarama tour.

They just blew me away.

Should I close my eyes and prophesize
Hoping maybe some day come
Should I wet the ground with my own tears
Crying over what’s been done

Should I lift the dirt and plant the seed
Even though I’ll never grow
Should I wet the ground with the sweat from my brow
And believe in my good work
My good work
My good work
My good work

Hey there, I’m flying up above
Looking down on the tired earth
And I can see, I can see potential
Speaking through you, speaking to you
From all of heaven’s possibilities

Power, hey do you know how it works
Hey do you know that the meek,
They shall inherit the earth
You should work, you should work
(?) than the memory

Should I hit the water or stay on dry land
Even though I’ve never swam
Take machete into the brush
Though at first there is no path


Taste the war paint on my tongue
As it’s dripping with my sweat
Place my gaze in the future’s path
Seeing things that ain’t come yet

Hope to watch the victory dance
After whole day’s work is done
Hope to watch the victory dance
In the evening’s setting sun

Hope to watch the victory dance
Over many lives to come
Hope to watch the victory dance
In the evening’s setting sun

Setting sun
Setting sun
Setting sun

Hope to dance the victory dance
After whole day’s work is done
Hope to dance the victory dance
In the evening’s setting sun

Hope to dance the victory dance
Over many lives to come
Hope to dance the victory dance
In the evening’s setting sun

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“A Change Is Gonna Come”–Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

This is my song to honor the USA on its birthday. I know so much has changed, but so much still needs to change for Langston Hughes’ dream of America to be America again. I think this song is as true now as ever. Besides have you seen any more a brilliant group of vocalists sing one song?

There are too many amazing covers of this song by masterful artists, I can’t include all of them, but I will highlight some of the best: Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bobby Womack, and even Bob Dylan.

Patti Labelle – Change is gonna come – Live one night only – HD

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees

Ohhhhhhhhh…..

There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Otis Redding

Aretha Franklin

Billy Preston

Al Green -Live

Luther Vandross Sings In Church


BOBBY WOMACK ( LIVE )

Tina Turner and Robert Cray

The Fugees and Lauren Hill

Bob Dylan unexpectedly covers Sam Cooke masterpiece

Playing For Change – Live at Folsom

“Blind Willy McTell”–Bob Dylan

Released in 1991 on the The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991

Dylan Plays “Blind Willie McTell” Live

Dylan’s folk ballad, “Blind Willie McTell” reminds me of the southern fiction of Faulkner or O’Conner. The story telling is at once dark, vivid, beautiful, and enigmatic. The extraordinary power of the language is still second to the plaintiff blues of the melody. This uniquely American song is written by a great American literary giant at the height of his story telling powers. At once lyric and narrative Dylan opens with:

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem.”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell.

To follow an ominous beginning, Dylan drives it home like a shank in the gut:

English: Bob Dylan performing in Rotterdam, Ju...

English: Bob Dylan performing in Rotterdam, June 23 1978 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, God is in heaven
And we all want what’s his
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I’m gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Dylan-Blind Willie McTell-Oberhausen 2011 

Amazing Covers

Allman Brothers  w/Bruce Katz & Danny Louis

Wanee Music Festival in Live Oak Florida 4/20/12

Oddly Unique Version (Audio Only) DREAM SYNDICATE

From the Album May Your Song Always be Sung – The Songs of Bob Dylan