New Bob Dylan song: Huck's Theme

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Anybody else hear this? It's from that poker movie "Lucky You." It's the equal of just about anything on Modern Times. The guy continues to amaze.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 13:51 (thirteen years ago) link

He also continues to plunder--and I love it. The melody is karaoked note-for-note from Jim Ringer's "Tramps and Hawkers."

Roy Kasten, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 14:47 (thirteen years ago) link

This is a great song.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 17:58 (thirteen years ago) link

i like this, though it's no "Things Have Changed" (Bob's last contribution to a Curtis Hanson flick). Does he really say "Those merry little elves / can go hang themselves"? Har har.

tylerw, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 18:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I prefer this to Things Have Changed. The movie is supposed to be horrible, though. The poker fad is not what it was three or four years ago.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 16 May 2007 18:37 (thirteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Newer Bob Dylan song, about JFK, previously unreleased:

https://bobdylan.lnk.to/MurderMostFoulTA

Sounds like Oh Mercy era, maybe(?)

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 04:13 (two months ago) link

Tweet from Bob himself:

Greetings to my fans and followers with gratitude for all your support and loyalty across the years.
This is an unreleased song we recorded a while back that you might find interesting.
Stay safe, stay observant and may God be with you.
Bob Dylanhttps://t.co/uJnE4X64Bb

— bobdylan.com (@bobdylan) March 27, 2020

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 04:14 (two months ago) link

sounds newer than oh mercy

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 27 March 2020 04:16 (two months ago) link

Yeah I agree

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 04:19 (two months ago) link

Ok, there’s a line that goes, “The last 50 years, they’ve been searching for that” — which places the song around 2013.

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 04:21 (two months ago) link

whoah...some of the things Bobby says "to play" in the 2nd half ot this song:

What's New Pussycat
What'd I Say
Wolfman Jack
Tom Dooley
Saint James Infirmary
John Lee Hooker
Guitar Slim
Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Don Henley and Glen Frey (!!!)
Another One Bites the Dust
Mysery Train
Oscar Perteson
Stan Getz
Dickie Betts
Art Pepper
Thelonius Monk
Charlie Parker
Lindsey and Stevie Nicks
Nat King Cole
Nature Boy
Jelly Roll Morton
Lucille
Moonlight Sonata in F#
Love Me or Leave Me by the Great Bud Powell

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 04:41 (two months ago) link

Definitely sounds like Tempest-era to me.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Friday, 27 March 2020 04:48 (two months ago) link

Reminiscent of "Set 'em up Joe, play "Walkin' the Floor,"/play it for my flat-chested junkie whore" from "Scarlet Town."

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Friday, 27 March 2020 05:01 (two months ago) link

loved this though it got to me & i started crying for no reason

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 27 March 2020 05:38 (two months ago) link

this is great

flappy bird, Friday, 27 March 2020 05:49 (two months ago) link

Bobby

timellison, Friday, 27 March 2020 08:05 (two months ago) link

"livin' in a nightmare on ELM STREET!" LOLOLOLOL!!1!11!!11!!!!!!

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 12:11 (two months ago) link

absolutely fuckin great

in twelve parts (lamonti), Friday, 27 March 2020 12:34 (two months ago) link

"I'm just a Patsy, like Patsy Cline"

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 March 2020 12:50 (two months ago) link

This has more lumpy couplets than good ones, can't stop thinking about We Didn't Start the Fire.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Friday, 27 March 2020 13:09 (two months ago) link

nah, the difference is that he doesn't "mean" anything. He's been moving into the space for 20+ years now—on the one hand he's deadly serious, on the other daring you to take him seriously

He's not pulling "ideas" down, he's not "inspired," he's not a conduit for anything, he's refining "late period" by going practically vaporous, letting it all pass right through him. Authenticity, sincerity, intentions, even lyricism—it's all moot. He's not there! The best way to go out imo

I fucking love this song

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 13:38 (two months ago) link

anyway this is a dated outtake, new material (I don't think we're gonna get any) would probably be a straight read of a Friends script or something

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 13:41 (two months ago) link

I find it fascinating that in 1962 he wrote a song about the new, young (alive) president calling him up on the telephone, and here 50+ years later we get his meditation on the man's killing.

Sam Weller, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:54 (two months ago) link

Play me a song, Mr. Wolfman Jack / Play it for me in my long Cadillac

I would believe it if you told me this was written by a Dylan AI

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:16 (two months ago) link

Glad to hear his take on JFK tho, been a pretty slow year so far, nothing really worthy of his great pen

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:19 (two months ago) link

all that junk and all that jazz
play one for the birdman of alcatraz

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:23 (two months ago) link

He's not pulling "ideas" down, he's not "inspired," he's not a conduit for anything, he's refining "late period" by going practically vaporous, letting it all pass right through him. Authenticity, sincerity, intentions, even lyricism—it's all moot. He's not there! The best way to go out imo

I would argue that this has been the case since 1964-65, if not earlier. He is the least authentic artist ever.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:26 (two months ago) link

sure I think he's always been an "antenna" or whatever, I guess what I'm saying is that in the last couple decades it seems like he's done away with all of the mediating measures, all of the signal processing. These litanies are enough, they have all of the meaning he requires, he's really gotten entirely out of his own way

like instead of writing a song about Lenny Bruce or Reuben Carter or whatever he can recite their names, there's nothing more to be derived from his perspective on things, he's self-aware enough to know that ppl are just by reflex going to project their own Dylan onto whatever he writes anyway, so he just doesn't bother. It's like this weird thing where he's actually earned that prerogative and for me at least it's not better or worse than anything else. Anyway he's got whiskey or wrought iron gates or whatever to make.

A friend recently expressed disappointment that he had writers for Theme Time Radio Hour—wanting to believe Dylan is just a pure unceasing stream of wit and wisdom, but pesonally idgaf, it's Dylan!

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:44 (two months ago) link

Not sure if it is a great Dylan song exactly, it is certainly though the best Don Delillo novel in a minute

Something very Street Hassle-y about the music & instrumentation

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:44 (two months ago) link

the arrangement of this is fucking remarkable

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:46 (two months ago) link

yes

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:47 (two months ago) link

Apparently it’s his longest song ever, surpassing the runtime of “Highlands.”

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 14:50 (two months ago) link

> doesn't "mean" anything

I get the opposite, it feels incredibly literal for Dylan, and literally sentimental. I totally agree with the idea of a vaporous late Dylan, but this hits me as a cake of incense, not the smoulder.

Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:53 (two months ago) link

Apparently it’s his longest song ever, surpassing the runtime of “Highlands.”

"Murder Most Foul" b/w "Murder Most Foul (extended dub mix)"

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 March 2020 14:56 (two months ago) link

i'm just thinking of phil ochs' song, i'm thinking of jozo karamatic's "smrt u dallasu" (dylan knows about that one, i'm sure he does)... about armand schaubroeck's "god made the blues to kill me"... i mean, a lot of people wrote songs about the assassination, at the time, and this sounds like he's taking the piss out of all of them. dylan is a phantom and has been all kinds of people... in this song he's the elderly llewyn davis!

it is sad, though. he did write propaganda songs. his songs did used to mean something. and if he was too much of an "artist" for that, fair enough, but what sort of nihilism is this? be a ghost, sure, but why make fun of the earnest young man for ever having believed? what he did back in '63 helped, not as much as he may have imagined but it did. by making fun of himself he's making fun of everyone who is still trying to do the work he abandoned, which isn't, i don't think, fair.

last songs? lee hazlewood was better at that sort of thing.

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:07 (two months ago) link

I get the opposite, it feels incredibly literal for Dylan, and literally sentimental. I totally agree with the idea of a vaporous late Dylan, but this hits me as a cake of incense, not the smoulder.

― Julius Caesar Memento Hoodie (bendy)

if it's sincere his mind has gone. i mean, is he back to being the voice of his generation? deranged, meaningless rambles, namechecking like it's a fucking episode of Family Guy?

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 27 March 2020 15:10 (two months ago) link

why make fun of the earnest young man for ever having believed? what he did back in '63 helped, not as much as he may have imagined but it did. by making fun of himself he's making fun of everyone who is still trying to do the work he abandoned, which isn't, i don't think, fair.

How is he “making fun of himself”?

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 15:23 (two months ago) link

Also, he wrote "protest songs," not "propaganda songs" (they're sort of opposites, aren't they?)

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 15:44 (two months ago) link

if it's sincere his mind has gone. i mean, is he back to being the voice of his generation? deranged, meaningless rambles, namechecking like it's a fucking episode of Family Guy?

Explain to me the difference between what he is doing on this song and what he is doing on Desolation Row?

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:03 (two months ago) link

I think Desolation Row is packed with meaning and I will happily give you my take on it if you want.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:09 (two months ago) link

amazing how close a lot of this song is to being full-on Grocery Bag:

I'm just a patsy -- CLINE!

Living in a nightmare -- ELM STREET!

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:14 (two months ago) link

xp Be my guest, but I don't see how that makes it different than this song.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:17 (two months ago) link

In case not everyone is aware, Kennedy’s motorcade was on Elm Street when he was shot — so there’s a double meaning there.

I think the “name checking” parts of this song are very meaningful; it’s like an elegy for the 20th Century, as evoked through cultural references that also stretch back farther (all the way to, you know, “Hamlet”).

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 16:21 (two months ago) link

Also, he wrote "protest songs," not "propaganda songs" (they're sort of opposites, aren't they?)

― morrisp

in best bob dylan style, i stole that line from someone who's been dead since around 1986 and am not super qualified to debate the point

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:26 (two months ago) link

I think the “name checking” parts of this song are very meaningful; it’s like an elegy for the 20th Century, as evoked through cultural references that also stretch back farther (all the way to, you know, “Hamlet”).

― morrisp

but how does it stack up to

JFK
Blown away
What else do I have to say?

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:26 (two months ago) link

this is Dylan's "Junior Dad"

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:27 (two months ago) link

I only make it all the way through once last night before bed. I went from loving it to kind of hating it and back to loving it again. I really like the dirge-like arrangement and the instrumentation, but the lyrics kept throwing me.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:27 (two months ago) link

And while some of the couplets are indeed clunky, I think there may be a deliberate strategy to discuss Kennedy’s murder in very matter-of-fact, even clichéd terms (similar to how Lennon’s death was addressed in “Roll on John”) — to leave “breathing room” for evoking its heavy cultural weight in the other parts of the song, and tying in the Kennedy mythos with all those other aspects of Americana, both fictional and real. (I dunno, I’ve also only listened to it once all the way thru so far!)

morrisp, Friday, 27 March 2020 16:28 (two months ago) link

xp You know, I think you're right. Maybe one of these days I'll wander over to the Dylan: classic or dud thread and post my take on Desolation Row, but it doesn't really have anything to do with what I think of this song. I like it a lot but can't articulate what I think of it yet, I'll have to let it percolate.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:28 (two months ago) link

music reminds me of Dirty Three

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 27 March 2020 16:30 (two months ago) link

("Delia")

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 2 April 2020 06:11 (two months ago) link

I wonder what dickie betts he has in mind , the Elizabeth Reed stuff or Jessica etc

calstars, Friday, 3 April 2020 23:22 (two months ago) link

I think he says Blue Sky?

https://youtu.be/lZg9MWLQ5_c

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 3 April 2020 23:28 (two months ago) link

throw the gun in the gutter/and walk on by

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 3 April 2020 23:28 (two months ago) link

the litany of references at the end that somehow doesn't seem monotonous. sounds like nothing i can think of except desolation row.

Reminds me a bit of "Chimes of Freedom," and I guess "Ring Them Bells" as well - but where those songs have big sweeping categories - "flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight," "Ring them bells sweet Martha for the poor man's son," this has a seemingly endless list of specific people.

Wait, I think we can go somewhere with this! Chimes of Freedom is his early period, when he was thinking in big sweeping hippie abstractions about freedom and justice. Ring Them Bells is roughly the same idea but in religious terms; the chimes of freedom have turned into bells calling us to worship and be saved. But this is a song that's partly about being at the end of your lifetime, when all those big abstract spaces have been filled in with the real things and people and works of art that you've engaged with in some way over the course of your life. So instead of the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale, we get Lindsey and Stevie Nicks. And in the place of the chimes of freedom, we have every song Bob Dylan has ever heard.

The fillyjonk who believed in pandemics (Lily Dale), Saturday, 4 April 2020 00:19 (two months ago) link

I keep hearing "play it for Dead C and Stevie Nicks"

probably not but

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 6 April 2020 13:57 (one month ago) link

Number one on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales list!

timellison, Thursday, 9 April 2020 06:08 (one month ago) link

The Guardian has dares to do this:

Bob Dylan's 50 greatest songs – ranked!

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/09/bob-dylans-50-greatest-songs-ranked

Duke, Thursday, 9 April 2020 11:17 (one month ago) link

I didn't get beyond #46: Make You Feel My Love is one of his five worst songs ever.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Thursday, 9 April 2020 11:38 (one month ago) link

Yep, lots to disagree with. But that's the nature of lists like that

Duke, Thursday, 9 April 2020 11:53 (one month ago) link

Sitting though “make you feel” by Adele is pure torture

calstars, Thursday, 9 April 2020 12:19 (one month ago) link

Number one on Billboard's Rock Digital Song Sales list!

Apparently it’s Dylan’s first song to ever hit #1 on any Billboard chart (“under his own name”)

morrisp, Thursday, 9 April 2020 14:33 (one month ago) link

The Guardian has dares to do this:

Bob Dylan's 50 greatest songs – ranked!

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/09/bob-dylans-50-greatest-songs-ranked

― Duke, Thursday, April 9, 2020 4:17 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

without looking i'm guessing "what can i do for you" didn't make the list which makes it invalid to me

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 April 2020 14:35 (one month ago) link

interesting that "slow train" and "groom" did though

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 April 2020 14:36 (one month ago) link

#today and #tomorrow,#skeletons and #nudes,#sparkle and #flash,#AnneFrank and #IndianaJones,#fastcars and #fastfood, #bluejeans and #queens,#Beethoven and #Chopin,#life and #death.https://t.co/o5VQKJ0NHx

— bobdylan.com (@bobdylan) April 17, 2020

morrisp, Friday, 17 April 2020 04:14 (one month ago) link

wtf!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 April 2020 04:36 (one month ago) link

God bless this weird motherfucker

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 April 2020 04:46 (one month ago) link

fuck this is a great one

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, 17 April 2020 06:30 (one month ago) link

Lol, Bob is the best.

I assume this means a new album is coming.

Why, I would make a fantastic Nero! (PBKR), Friday, 17 April 2020 12:27 (one month ago) link

I paint landscapes
and I paint dudes

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:30 (one month ago) link

I like how "dudes" is there so he can rhyme it with the title yet it still works.

This one is more ehhhh. As in, "Great, Bob, you remember what you read in elementary school English."

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 April 2020 13:38 (one month ago) link

I paint landscapes
and I paint dudes

think it's "nudes" haha

tylerw, Friday, 17 April 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

lol

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:41 (one month ago) link

it's definitely nudes

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:45 (one month ago) link

nude dudes with 'tude

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

i paint brosephs
and i paint dudes
plz send multitudes of nudes

tylerw, Friday, 17 April 2020 15:48 (one month ago) link

I'm sorry Bob but it's dudes now, so much better that way

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:49 (one month ago) link

Bob Dylan: Send Nudes

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:50 (one month ago) link

multitudes of nudes

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:59 (one month ago) link

There is another "dudes" rhyme though.

Chris L, Friday, 17 April 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

nude dudes with 'tude

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown),

how'd you know my memoir title?

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 April 2020 16:02 (one month ago) link

xp “I relic and I frolic, with all the young dudes”

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 17 April 2020 16:03 (one month ago) link

love this era of Bob

J. Sam, Friday, 17 April 2020 16:04 (one month ago) link

i love his singing on this one (and the last one). delivered with a wink, but he's not joking. well, not entirely joking.

edgard varese-type beat (voodoo chili), Friday, 17 April 2020 16:14 (one month ago) link

No nudes, shoulda used crude? Ciick to enlarge that if you pleeeze.

dow, Friday, 17 April 2020 16:35 (one month ago) link

I initially heard the line in the last verse as "get up off my d"

had to rewind and check

Number None, Friday, 17 April 2020 16:52 (one month ago) link

"Will I be lewd to the dude and crude to his prude and to his profession?" --Joel Gibb

geoffreyess, Friday, 17 April 2020 17:17 (one month ago) link

I like "I Contain Multitudes" well enough, but it feels like he just dropped some leftover verses from "Murder Most Foul." Either way, Bob in old sap mode feels like comfort food for me at the moment.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Saturday, 18 April 2020 16:50 (one month ago) link

Yeah, I’d eat up a whole album of this stuff.

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Saturday, 18 April 2020 17:05 (one month ago) link

a new bob album would just make my year, even though the year sucks

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 18 April 2020 17:34 (one month ago) link

I'm hoping that he'll release an entire album this year, one song at a time

doug watson, Saturday, 18 April 2020 18:44 (one month ago) link

our old friend greil, who once argued that it was not *entirely* a coincidence that john lydon's name was similar to that of the medieval anabaptist leader john of leyden, is unimpressed by the david ferrie/guy banister theory:

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/real-life-rock-top-10-april-2020/

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 24 April 2020 23:55 (one month ago) link

I really liked that review, though--the fact that it was based on something concrete, the widespread reaction to the song, rather than some impenetrable tangent, that was a good start. I think he made a somewhat significant factual error, though: "Murder Most Foul" made #1 on some specialized chart, digital downloads or something like that, it wasn't the Top 100--that would have been really remarkable.

clemenza, Saturday, 25 April 2020 01:22 (one month ago) link

Looks like another new song may be queued up for tonight:

What are you lookin’ at - there’s nothing to see. pic.twitter.com/TzCBvpIMBo

— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 7, 2020

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Thursday, 7 May 2020 22:08 (four weeks ago) link

New album ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ coming June 19th.
Pre-order now: https://t.co/SN0XeyNKiN
Listen to “False Prophet” here: https://t.co/05k7HYtPiK pic.twitter.com/raitEZpabe

— Bob Dylan (@bobdylan) May 8, 2020

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 8 May 2020 04:10 (three weeks ago) link

was just about to create this; beat to it ---> Bob Dylan - My Rough and Rowdy Ways /2020) Anticipation and Discussion Thread

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Friday, 8 May 2020 04:21 (three weeks ago) link

ah just saw it on Twitter


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