Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Bob Dylan: Blind Willie McTell

Bob Dylan doesn't sing Blind Willie McTell too often in concert, but he did so for the Amazon 10th anniversary, 1 July, 2005.
Mp3 of Blind Willie McTell now available at this webpage. Along with mp3s for Watching the River Flow, Ballad of a Thin Man, and I Shall Be Released.
One of life's mysteries is why Bob Dylan waited from 1983 (when he wrote it) to 1991 (when it appeared on the official Bootleg Series Volume 1-3) to release Blind Willie McTell. Still relatively unknown, Blind Willie McTell ranks among Dylan's greatest songs. Belatedly acknowledged as such, it has since featured on several Dylan compilations.
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
Thanks, Cheeseball!

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