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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 02:55 GMT 

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Up in the mornin', out on the job
Work like the devil for my pay.
But that lucky old sun has nothin' to do
But roll around heaven all day.
Had a fuss with my woman, an' I toil for my kids,
An' I sweat 'til I'm wrinkled and gray,
While that lucky old sun got nothin' to do
But roll around heaven all day.

Oh, Lord above, don't you hear me cryin';
Tears are rollin' down my eyes.
Send in a cloud with a silver linin',
Take me to paradise.

Show me that river,
Take me across, wash all my troubles away;
Like that lucky old sun give me nothing to do
But roll around heaven all day.


This is one of those songs in which I could not imagine a world without it...
With music by Beasley Smith and words by Haven Gillespie
I've heard this song since I was a little kid. First, I heard Louie's:
https://youtu.be/UiQLtMaJLvs
...and then quickly I heard Frank's:
https://youtu.be/88xBkT6w1gI

Ray Charles had a gorgeous version of this one:
https://youtu.be/7C0ca55mgFM
& Sam Cooke's version might be my favorite:
https://youtu.be/EZeFtqE_vGk

Bob did the song all throughout his touring years. The ones with the Heartbreakers are all really excellent
though I can't seem to find any right now....
The Shadows In The Night version is obviously built from Frank's rendition but Bob's version on the album
achieves something different. Bob humanizes the song, gets under its skin, and when it reaches its dramatic
conclusion, I was initially struck by how majestic the song sounds....

When Bob has pulled the song out live since SITN, I think they've been the best renditions he's performed to date
capturing an intimacy and a humility not heard on the album.
The first time he did it last year was bone-chillingly good:

San Sebastian Spain
July 11 2015
http://www.mediafire.com/download/6xzzz ... ld_Sun.mp3

And most recently in Japan in was just as good...
https://youtu.be/PQptP42xXvE

What do we think of this one ER???


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 03:38 GMT 
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Played a few times in the 90's and once in 2000, I never liked Bob singing this one until I first heard his rendition on Shadows. I think he changes the Lord line to "Can't you see I'm pining" at least that's what I've always heard.

The recent live renditions are really strong and not played as often as most of the other Frank songs. One of the best of this period for sure, and I agree the San Sebastián one is probably my favorite


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 04:00 GMT 

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First time I listened to SITN, sitting in the dark with a glass of whiskey, That Lucky Old Sun gave me chills. As his voice trailed off at the songs end, I distinctly remember thinking that if if this was it, if Dylan were to never record another song, this would have been the perfect ending...

Still affects me every time I listen.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 04:15 GMT 
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NateW wrote:
First time I listened to SITN, sitting in the dark with a glass of whiskey, That Lucky Old Sun gave me chills. As his voice trailed off at the songs end, I distinctly remember thinking that if if this was it, if Dylan were to never record another song, this would have been the perfect ending...

Still affects me every time I listen.

Lovely recall. Exactly my sentiments.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 05:59 GMT 
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The performances in 86, togehther with Tom Petty, are still my favorite versions.

The Shadows versions...well, I don't like it.

But anyway, it's a great song. "Show me that river, take me across, wash all my troubles away..."


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 07:27 GMT 

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Was lucky enough to witness it live in San Sebastián from row one. It blew my socks off...


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 07:29 GMT 

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I don't like everything on Shadows by a long chalk, but Lucky Old Sun is a mesmerising performance. One of the best vocal performances of his career, in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 07:35 GMT 

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Even I like the version he did back in the mid eighties. I blame the cigarettes for his present style.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 09:57 GMT 
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WrittenInMySoul wrote:
The performances in 86, togehther with Tom Petty, are still my favorite versions.

The Shadows versions...well, I don't like it.

But anyway, it's a great song. "Show me that river, take me across, wash all my troubles away..."


I fully agree with you!


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 13:38 GMT 
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I still like the performance of it live in Madison in 1991 best, but it sounds nice on Shadows in the Night too.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 13:40 GMT 
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WrittenInMySoul wrote:
The performances in 86, togehther with Tom Petty, are still my favorite versions.

The Shadows versions...well, I don't like it.

But anyway, it's a great song. "Show me that river, take me across, wash all my troubles away..."


Thats how I originally thought. But after listening to Shadows a dozen or so times, it won me over. Its a great closer.


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PostPosted: Wed November 8th, 2017, 05:00 GMT 

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I love this version from 2000.
He had such control of his voice and paired with Larry & Charlie, there's such
a beautiful energy to this compelling rendition.
Why he did it at all I don't know and my only regret here is that I wish he would have played it a few more times
to let the boys get it under their belt.
But no doubt, Bob is committed here and the guys are into it.

It's really lovely.

Irvine CA
June 29 2000
http://www.mediafire.com/file/135t3bih0 ... -26%29.mp3


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