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PostPosted: Sun January 6th, 2013, 21:52 GMT 

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Now that they are gone you know the truth it can be told
They were sacrificed lambs in the market place sold
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel

Now that they are gone you know the truth it can come out
They were never proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

The people thought they were guilty at the time
Some even said there hadn't been any crime
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

People look upon this couple with contempt and doubt
But they loved each other right up to the time they checked out
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

Eisenhower was president, Senator Joe was King
Long as you didn't say nothing you could say anything
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

Now some they blamed the system, some they blamed the man
Now that it is over, no one knows how it began
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

Every Kingdom got to fall even the Third Reich
Man can do what he please but not for as long as he like
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

Well they say they gave the secrets of the Atom Bomb away
Like no one else could think of it, it wouldn't be here today
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.

Someone says the fifties was the age of great romance
I say that's just a lie, it was when fear had you in a trance
Julius and Ethel, Julius and Ethel.


'The double executions of the Rosenbergs was a legal lynching which smears with blood a whole nation. By killing the Rosenbergs, you have quite simply tried to halt the progress of science by human sacrifice. Magic, witch-hunts, auto-da-fes, sacrifices- we are here getting to the point: your country is sick with fear...you are afraid of the shadow of your own bomb.'
Jean-Paul Sartre


Recorded late in the Infidels session, this excellent & rockin' song sings of the sad story of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg
This is a song that I think Bob should've included on that album, it rocks, Knopfler grooves, it makes you think and reveal, and it's still a bit controversial in its stance....

Here's the song (with a great DIY video):
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaznsy ... Onxp4njlnE

Anyone else like this one??? Why was it left off you think?? Any haters??


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PostPosted: Mon January 7th, 2013, 00:46 GMT 
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A song I like a lot and cannot figure out why it wasn't released... There were enough great songs written in that era to make Infidels, Empire Burlesque, and Knocked Out Loaded all double albums. Can you seriously imagine what a wonder this would have been?

But I digress...

Back to Julius and Ethel... It was anti-communist/McCarthy era. Whether or not they actually did what they were accused hardly mattered. They became pawns in the game and caught up in the frenzy of that era's witch hunt, they were sacrificed for the soul of the nation.

Not recognized as such, this song has elements of the folk/protest/social commentary that Bob had done so well 20 years prior and it sounds a good bit better. So the mystery lingers... why wasn't it released?


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PostPosted: Mon January 7th, 2013, 14:21 GMT 
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I never realised what great lyrics that song has! "As long as you didn't say nothing you could say anything"
I never liked the version that I've heard. Something about Bobs singing style. But I'm sure it could have become a good song if it would have been rerecorded.


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PostPosted: Mon January 7th, 2013, 14:29 GMT 
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We all know Bob Dylan can see the future, maybe he saw this:

In 1995, the U.S. government released a series of decoded Soviet cables, codenamed VENONA, which confirmed that Julius acted as a courier and recruiter for the Soviets but which were ambiguous about Ethel's involvement...Morton Sobell, who was tried with the Rosenbergs, served 17 years and 9 months of a 30-year sentence.[7] In 2008, Sobell admitted he was a spy and confirmed Julius Rosenberg was "in a conspiracy that delivered to the Soviets classified military and industrial information and what the American government described as the secret to the atomic bomb."
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There are so many good songs from the early 80's it just makes my head spin.


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PostPosted: Mon January 7th, 2013, 15:36 GMT 
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smoke wrote:
There are so many good songs from the early 80's it just makes my head spin.

Agreed... Can you imagine the shock and awe induced if Bob opened the 2013 Never Ending Tour with Julius & Ethel?! 8)

Even the skeptics would be praying that the tour never ends...


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PostPosted: Mon September 11th, 2017, 20:49 GMT 
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Anyone think the song is similar to hanging on the Telephone by the nerves?


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PostPosted: Mon September 11th, 2017, 23:09 GMT 
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I love Julius & Ethel!

Infidels has so many incredible "leftovers".


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PostPosted: Mon September 11th, 2017, 23:29 GMT 
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I might've preferred it with a bit more thought given to the lyrical delivery
and musicality of the track. He has a strong topic matter, but it feels like
a warm up in the studio, and he maybe felt that 'Union Sundown' fitted better,
as in it being a lively rocker on an otherwise mostly mid paced carefully
constructed album.
If he did put Julius And Ethel on, i think 'Union Sundown' should've been
left off. They're two tracks live too much in the same musical space.
I love 'Jokerman', love 'Foot Of Pride' and liked 'I And I', but for me,
that's where the really high end work stopped on this album.
I'll get flack for saying this, but i just don't see the ''amazing''
track in 'Blind Wille McTell', and the electric version he tried didn't work,
and the acoustic tracks he tried, 'McTell' and 'Death Is Not The End'
just didn't fit the feel of the slick sound the album was aiming for.
'Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground' came off a bit corny, maybe
if he'd re-worked that track?
Looking at the albums recording sessions, or at least the collection
i have (no doubt no completely accurate in its completeness), it seems
he spent more time on 'Dont Fall Apart On Me Tonight' and 'Union Sundown'
than on 'Foot Of Pride', so maybe he decided he wanted a light listening
experience, but leaving off 'Julius And Ethel' i can understand, leaving
off 'Foot Of Pride' was a miscalculation.


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PostPosted: Mon September 11th, 2017, 23:57 GMT 
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I enjoy Julius & Ethel but I don't think it would have belonged on the album as is. It'd be great live around that time, to go with Enough Is Enough as non-album rockers during that tour.


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PostPosted: Tue September 12th, 2017, 00:10 GMT 
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Nightingale's Code wrote:
I enjoy Julius & Ethel but I don't think it would have belonged on the album as is. It'd be great live around that time, to go with Enough Is Enough as non-album rockers during that tour.


Agreed 100%


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PostPosted: Tue September 12th, 2017, 01:40 GMT 
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Always liked the background vocals on this track.
I assume it's Clydie King.


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PostPosted: Tue September 12th, 2017, 03:14 GMT 
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It could have been a b-side to a single, like Rita Mae. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground got that spot though!


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