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PostPosted: Mon December 8th, 2014, 20:22 GMT 

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I'm gonna walk across the desert 'til I'm in my right mind.
I won't even think about what I left behind
Nothing back there anyway that I can call my own
Go back home, leave me alone
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

Ever since the British burned the White House down
There's a bleeding wound in the heart of town
I saw you drinking from an empty cup
I saw you buried and I saw you dug up
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

Look down angel from the skies
Help my weary soul to rise
I kissed your cheek, I dragged your plow
You broke my heart, I was your friend 'til now.
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

In the courtyard of the golden sun
You stand and fight or you break and run
You went and lost your lovely head
For a drink of wine and a crust of bread
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

We looted and we plundered on distant shores
Why is my share not equal to yours?
Your father left you, your mother too
Even death has washed it's hands of you
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

This is a hard country to stay alive in
Blades are everywhere, and they're breaking my skin
I'm armed to the hilt and I'm struggling hard
You won't get out of here unscarred.
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

You got too many lovers waiting at the wall
If I had a thousand tongues I couldn't count them all
Yesterday I could've thrown them all in the sea
Today even one may be too much for me
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

Cake walking baby, you could do no wrong
Put your arms around me where they belong
I wanna take you on a roller coaster ride
Lay my hands all over you, tie you to my side
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

I've got a heavy stacked woman with a smile on her face
And she has crowned my soul with grace
I'm still hurting from an arrow that pierced my chest
I'm gonna have to take my head and bury it between your breasts
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

Been dark all night but now it's dawn
The moving finger is moving on
You can guard me while I sleep
Kiss away the tears I weep
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

I love women, and she loves men
We've been to the west and we're going back again
I heard a voice at the dusk of day
Saying, "Be gentle brother, be gentle and pray."
It's a long road, it's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14

"Narrow Way" is a bad-ass grinding blues, as Dylan disses his enemies and lusts after his women...
The tune, like the lyrics, is unrelenting. It has a one-two-one-two, up-down beat ending in a scratchy rise, with Dylan singing in the space between. It’s as if the music is saying listen to the words, not the tune, which is a vehicle for conveying the words on this track.
and it borrows a chorus from the Mississippi Sheiks' 1934 blues 'You'll Work Down to Me Someday':
http://youtu.be/rFxDERm7Mgs

I love this song and it's one of his absolute best in recent albums and I'd love it if he'd pull this one out for a live showing!!
Anybody agree?? Disagree???

Here's the song to be discussed:
http://youtu.be/G5dYIRRLqpE

Whatcha all think of Narrow Way???


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 02:13 GMT 
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Great phrasing and singing. Really great. Too long a song though for a single riff. Should be a couple minutes shorter.


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 08:51 GMT 

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Au contraire, I have come to find the unchanging riff adds to the relentless intensity of the lyric. A change of tempo might broaden things and detract from the feeling of a "narrow way".


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 08:57 GMT 
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The first verse is sung pretty weakly - picks up some piss'n'vinegar from the second verse on.

While I like the song, I do think it could benefit from a better mix and a bit more musical variety. But I guess Dylan was going for a 'life's essentially an unchanging trudge' aesthetic.


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 13:15 GMT 
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Rather than hanging the riff this is one song where trimming a stanza or two might have been worth considering.


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 16:52 GMT 

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smoke wrote:
Rather than hanging the riff this is one song where trimming a stanza or two might have been worth considering.


Don't forget, it's a loooong and narrow way.


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PostPosted: Tue December 9th, 2014, 17:37 GMT 

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Agree it could be a tad shorter but this track has an undeniable coolness to it. And there are some fantastic couplets in there delivered in generally good voice. Wish he'd unleash it live...


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PostPosted: Wed December 10th, 2014, 01:48 GMT 
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MrJudasPriest wrote:
Agree it could be a tad shorter but this track has an undeniable coolness to it. And there are some fantastic couplets in there delivered in generally good voice. Wish he'd unleash it live...

I second that emotion.
Except for the "tad shorter" part.


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PostPosted: Wed December 10th, 2014, 16:49 GMT 

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I'd have it and Lonesome Day Blues as Bob's best of that 21st century genre. Think Narrow Way would have a very slight edge in fact.


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PostPosted: Wed December 10th, 2014, 22:16 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
MrJudasPriest wrote:
Agree it could be a tad shorter but this track has an undeniable coolness to it. And there are some fantastic couplets in there delivered in generally good voice. Wish he'd unleash it live...

I second that emotion.
Except for the "tad shorter" part.


Narrow Way could have some additional or traded back and forth verses, or off the cuff talk added onto it effectively too.


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PostPosted: Wed December 10th, 2014, 22:31 GMT 
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MrJudasPriest wrote:
I'd have it and Lonesome Day Blues as Bob's best of that 21st century genre. Think Narrow Way would have a very slight edge in fact.

Sounds like you're a qualified member of the Narrow Way Fan Club.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=71983&hilit=Narrow+Way+Fan+Club&start=225


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PostPosted: Fri December 12th, 2014, 22:35 GMT 
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Love this :)


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PostPosted: Sun December 14th, 2014, 21:20 GMT 

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Narrow way is a great song!! Especially a nice one to listen to on a cold december morning when your waiting for a train. With songs like this I have to watch out when playing them on my Ipod in public; I watched too many live clips of Dylan by now and I have the tendency to start doing the foot shuffle/posing with hand in hip and legs spread. :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon December 15th, 2014, 20:36 GMT 
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Love!!! My favorite song on Tempest. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun December 28th, 2014, 13:11 GMT 
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Just came on. Still love it!


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PostPosted: Mon December 29th, 2014, 05:43 GMT 
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I've always loved this song. Even though the riff repeats throughout the entire song I never get tired of it. I don't play the song all that often, but when I do I love it all the way through and wouldn't change anything about it.


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PostPosted: Tue December 30th, 2014, 03:52 GMT 
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I like this one. It's a fun song.


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PostPosted: Fri January 2nd, 2015, 12:35 GMT 

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I made a Swedish translation of this one, as I thought it would help me understand the song better. Still confused - but on another language …

Kom ner till min nivå

Jag tänker gå rakt in i skogen, tills jag lyckats lugna mig
Och inte ägna en tanke åt det liv jag levt med dig
Det finns ändå inget kvar där som jag kan kalla mitt
Lämna mig ifred, ägna dig åt ditt!
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Ända sedan Krüger besudlade Paris
Bär vi på ett inre sår, en permanentad kris
Jag såg dig segla förutan båt
Jag såg dig begravas, och jag såg dig efteråt
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Se mig moder Svea, se din arme träl
Skänk en gnutta mening åt hans skeva själ
Jag kysste dina fötter, jag släpade din plog
Du krossade mitt hjärta. Jag har fått nog!
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Nere på gården där solen lyser klar
Stannar du och slåss eller fegar du och drar
Först miste du förståndet, nu är du död
Allt för en café latte och ett wienerbröd
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Vi köper guld för glaspärlor med frihandelsavtal
Var är min del av vinsten? Du blåser mig. Skandal!
Din pappa stack ifrån dig, din mamma bara gick
Till och döden vänder bort sin blick
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Det är ett jävla samhälle att överleva i
Vassa knivar överallt, och stympad empati
Jag har rustat mig till tänderna. Jag slåss med gott humör
Världen är ett rivjärn. Vi gnuggas tills vi dör
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Du har för många älskare som springer här och stör
Inte ens tusen ögon i nacken kan se allting de gör
I går skulle jag buntat ihop dem, bara så
I dag så kan en enda, vara mer än jag rår på
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Glid in på en räkmacka, du är suverän
Håll om mig älskling, med dina knän
Jag bjuder på en flumeride. Stig på är du söt.
Här kommer stocken. Hoppsan, är du redan blöt
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Jag har en välsvarvad kvinna med ett vänligt ordförråd
Hon gav mig sin välsignelse, hon visade mig nåd
Jag fick en pil i hjärtat, jag är sårad, ge mig tröst
Kom på min begravning, mellan dina bröst
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Lång och mörk var natten, men här kommer solens sken
Ännu en dag skall huggas i sten
Vaka när jag sover, sitt och håll min hand
Kyss bort tårarna som strömmar ur mina drömmars land
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då

Jag älskar kvinnor, och hon älskar men
Här har varit vilda västern, men nu är det lugnt igen
Medan gatlyktorna tändes, hörde jag en röst som sa
Ta det vackert nu och be en bön att allt går bra
Det är slipprigt och snårigt. Det är en lång väg att gå
Om jag inte duger åt dig så kom ner till min nivå då


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