#AtoZ Dylan – “U” is for Unbelievable


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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“Unbelievable” was recorded and released in 1990, both as a single and as a track on the album Under the Red Sky.

“They said it was the land of milk and honey, now they say it’s the land of money, Whoever thought they could ever make that stick, It’s unbelievable you can get this rich this quick.”

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

From what I could determine, there weren’t a lot of covers of this song. It doesn’t matter – this is the one cover – what a version by American soul singer Bettye LaVette:

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#AtoZ Dylan – “T” is for Things Have Changed


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Released as a single in 2000, “Things Have Changed” is, besides being one of my favorite later-day Dylan songs, the winner of both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. It appeared in the film Wonder Boys. 

“People are crazy and times are strange. I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range. I used to care, but things have changed.”

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

There’s nothing like hearing Dylan sing it, but for today, I’m offering Curtis Stigers’s version:

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#AtoZ Dylan – “S” is for Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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“Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” appears on the 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. It was recorded on Columbia’s Music Row in Nashville. The lyrics are fun, they’re very Dylanesque, but rather than trying to find meaning, this is simply a joy to listen to.

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

The Grateful Dead covered this song extensively during their live shows, as seen here in this clip from a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in 1989.

 

#AtoZ Dylan – “R” is for Ring Them Bells


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Well, it happened again. A post with no words or music. My apologies – I don’t know why it happened, but it did. I had these A to Z posts written, uploaded, and scheduled well over a month ago, and I had previewed them. So it’s disappointing. But here is “Ring Them Bells.”

“Ring Them Bells” appears on Dylan’s 26th studio album, Oh Mercy, released in September 1989 by Columbia Records. It was hailed by critics, after a string of poorly reviewed albums.

Click HERE for a link to the lyrics.

I found this beautiful rendition by Sarah Jarosz (which made it all the more frustrating when it didn’t post correctly).

#AtoZ Dylan – “Q” is for Quinn the Eskimo


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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“Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)” was first recorded during The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The song was first released in January 1968 as “Mighty Quinn” by the British band Manfred Mann, who had great success. (source: Wikipedia)

Many believe Dylan created the character of Quinn the Eskimo from the actor Anthony Quinn’s portrayal of an Eskimo in the 1960 file The Savage Innocents. Dylan, however, has been quoted as saying it’s just a nursery rhyme.

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

“Quinn the Eskimo” has been covered by Kris Kristofferson, The Hollies, The Grateful Dead, and Joan Osborne, but it’s this original – a 1968 performance by Manfred Mann – that makes the cut:

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#AtoZ Dylan – “P” is for Positively 4th Street


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Released as a single in 1965, “Positively 4th Street” is ranked #206 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. There’s been much debate about who the song is about. The odd thing about this song is the biting, harsh-as-anything lyrics juxtaposed with the music – that circus organ is so pop!

Click HERE for a link to the song’s lyrics.

“Positively 4th Street” has been covered by Johnny Rivers, Bryan Ferry, and Jerry Garcia. It was difficult to find any version than can match Dylan’s original, but this A to Z series is about covers of Dylan songs, so here’s the band Simply Red in Sicily:

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#AtoZ Dylan – “O” is for On the Road Again


“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” ~ Bob Dylan

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Recorded in January 1965, “On the Road Again” appears on the album Bringing it All Back Home. It’s slightly reminiscent of “Maggie’s Farm,” which is on the same album.

Click HERE for a link to this song’s lyrics.

Dylan has acknowledged being influenced by Jack Kerouac, and the title of this song is likely taken from Kerouac’s iconic On the Road.

Take a listen to Zachary Scot Johnson’s version of “On the Road Again” here:

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