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PostPosted: Fri December 31st, 2010, 02:49 GMT 

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From Bob's first major concert comes this vitriolic song, never performed again or recorded, which led directly into the first major performance of 'With God On Our Side':

Come, you phony superpatriotic people that say
that hating and fearing is my only way
that this here country has got to be.
You're thinkin' of your sales, you ain't thinkin' of me.

You're not thinkin' of any George Washington.
You're not thinkin' of any Thomas Jefferson.
But you say that you are. And you lie and mislead.
You use their names for your aims, for your selfish greed.

Don't speak to me of your patriotism,
when you throw the southern black boy in prison.
And you say the only good niggers are the ones that have died.
Don't think I'll ever stand on your side.

Though you make it so hard for me to love,
my face shall never feel the slap of your glove.
My cards will never buy... My hands will never buy the cards that you play.
My feet 'll never walk down the road that you lay.

Get out in the open, stop standin' afar.
Let the whole world see what a hypocrite you are.
I ain't jokin' and it... it ain't no gag,
you've been hiding too long behind the American flag.

One can sense Bob's apprehension, courage, conviction, and most of all, anger in this legendary performance. That first Town Hall show is so filled with raw and collective emotion and this particular song is no exception...it may be the best example. Perhaps the most indicting & damning song he may have ever tried, it never was heard of again after this performance.
Needless to say, the crowd explodes when he's finished.

Town Hall, New York NY
April 12 1963
http://www.sendspace.com/file/dahf4u

What do others think of this one? Sub-par protest song or a vindictive gem from the early days??


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PostPosted: Fri December 31st, 2010, 03:11 GMT 
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it's a great performance but as a song i think its vastly overshadowed by hard rain, talking ww3 blues, masters of war and all those.


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I like this song a lot these days. It's under heard and it makes a great anthem for today.


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PostPosted: Sun October 18th, 2015, 19:12 GMT 

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this one is amazing! and im thankful for the thread because i forgot i used to play this one on the guitar.


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goodnitesteve wrote:
I like this song a lot these days. It's under heard and it makes a great anthem for today.


Much of it seems truer now than of the time it was written.


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PostPosted: Sun October 18th, 2015, 23:58 GMT 
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Oddly I had never heard of this song until today... weird how when you think you know everything, something always slips through the cracks.


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It took me 30 years of fan-life before I got round to hearing it so I wouldn't feel too bad about it. It's a great performance of a work he shouldn't have abandoned. Happened a lot in this period


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PostPosted: Mon October 19th, 2015, 17:41 GMT 
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gibsona07 wrote:
Oddly I had never heard of this song until today... weird how when you think you know everything, something always slips through the cracks.


I forgot how I discovered this. I haven't known about it very long, but it's always in the back of my mind. I heard it going through some old Dylan tapes I found in a record store. I was like, "Oh, yes, forgot about that one." The recording now circulating is definitive. It's in absolute pristine audio quality.


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PostPosted: Sun July 31st, 2016, 18:48 GMT 
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"Come you phony patriotic people that say, hating and fearing is my only way." Should be the anthem for this years election.


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PostPosted: Sun July 31st, 2016, 19:50 GMT 
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gibsona07 wrote:
Oddly I had never heard of this song until today... weird how when you think you know everything, something always slips through the cracks.

Just had this moment today, first time listen for me. Can't believe I found a "new" Dylan song I didn't know


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PostPosted: Sun July 31st, 2016, 19:59 GMT 
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It was that way for me too. It was supposed to appear on a live 1963 album. Supposedly, the album was shelved because Dylan refused to cut this song. I can't remember where I read that. Perhaps someone can chime in?


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PostPosted: Sun July 31st, 2016, 23:48 GMT 
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Quick link for those looking...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDYrEgaw0hc
Yes, timeless & appropriate for today, no doubt, Steve.


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PostPosted: Sun August 13th, 2017, 21:35 GMT 
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Sadly, this song is still just as relevant as ever.


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PostPosted: Mon August 14th, 2017, 19:19 GMT 

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It's certainly relevant, and the sentiment is laudable. But as a song it's atrocious. And I don't see any special courage in telling an audience something he knows they already agree with. Nothing necessarily wrong with that--some things need saying, no matter how obvious they are. But the artlessness of this song doesn't come across as plain speaking or youthful sincerity. It's a public statement by someone who isn't good at public speaking.

Being rapturously applauded for telling people what they wanted to hear may have been what eventually drove Dylan out of the folk movement. The sentiments that people applaud you for tend to be the most obvious ones, and what one actually thinks can have a frustrating tendency not to be as obvious as that.


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