Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

A nice posting on Bob (“Who else is even more mysterious after you have read his autobiography?”) Dylan obsession. Writer Kirby Fields nicely explains why we go to see Dylan again. And again. And again.

 

Then there are the buffalo nickels. These precious songs divide into two camps: The songs that you know you’ll never hear though you hold out hope that this might be the night, and the songs that, if he’s in the right mood, actually have a chance to make the list. This first category includes “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “Brownsville Girl”, “Idiot Wind”, and “Series of Dreams”. Scream all you want, but he’s not playing “Hurricane”. This second category includes “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, “Blind Willie McTell”, “Ballad of a Thin Man”, “Born in Time”, “Simple Twist of Fate”, “Gates of Eden”, “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”, “Masters of War”, “Vision of Johanna”, “Forever Young”, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Maggie’s Farm”, “Love Sick”, and “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”, among a dozen or so other career-defining tunes.

 This second list—these songs—this is why we go to his shows over and over and over again.

 

 

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