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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 02:02 GMT 

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Had no idea he had a part in this song.. anyone got any info on this? Thanks. For those not familiar with the song.. her it goes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNjzzDNIJWw Heard somewhere he wrote the first line?


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 02:32 GMT 
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mjeff wrote:
Had no idea he had a part in this song.. anyone got any info on this? Thanks. For those not familiar with the song.. her it goes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNjzzDNIJWw Heard somewhere he wrote the first line?


As I remember, Dylan wrote the whole first verse on a napkin then gave it to Hopper and said something like "Give it to McGuinn. He'll know what to do with it."

And McGuinn finished it off but Dylan was not credited as co-writer.

So they say anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 02:38 GMT 
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Location: ..right behind the living - just in front of the dead.
- more than he wanted to be, apparently. .. 8)
..the way i understand it, his name WAS
on it initially - and he called McGuinn, and
told him to .. 'Get my name off of that right now.'
- i might have not heard it right tho' - i was quite
a ways away. He might've said something like ...
'Get me an ice cream from that white cow.' .. :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 03:25 GMT 
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I think when he was screaming about the cow it went something like, "Give me some milk or else go home”

But I think your correct about the McGuinn thing...


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 03:47 GMT 
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I read somewhere that Bob didn't like the ending of the film and decided not to partake.


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 06:12 GMT 

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Sphere wrote:
I read somewhere that Bob didn't like the ending of the film and decided not to partake.


"You can't end it like that! Peter should go back and blow those guys away."


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 06:48 GMT 
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"The star and script writer of Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, had initially intended to use Bob Dylan's song "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" in the film but after failing to license the track, Fonda asked Roger McGuinn of The Byrds to record a cover version of the song instead.[8] Fonda also wanted Dylan to write the film's theme song but Dylan declined, quickly scribbling the lines - "The river flows, it flows to the sea/Wherever that river goes, that's where I want to be/Flow, river, flow" - on to a napkin, before telling Fonda to "give this to McGuinn. He'll know what to do with it."[7][9] The lyric fragment was dutifully passed on to McGuinn, who took the lines and expanded upon them with his own lyrical and musical contributions to produce the finished song.[7]

When Dylan saw a private screening of Easy Rider and realised that he had been credited as co-writer of the film's theme song, he telephoned McGuinn and demanded that his name be removed from both the film's closing credits and all subsequent releases of the song.[3] McGuinn has theorised in interviews that Dylan disowned the song because "he didn't like the movie that much. He didn't like the ending. He wanted to see the truck blow up in order to get poetic justice. He didn't seem to understand Peter Fonda's anti-hero concept."[3] Others have speculated that Dylan's reason for insisting his co-writing credit be removed was the belief that his name was being exploited to boost the film's street credibility.[10]"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballad_of_Easy_Rider


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 13:23 GMT 
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it's not much of a song so I'm not surprised Dylan declined authorship


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 13:32 GMT 
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I agree with henrypussycat. See lyrics below:

Ballad of Easy Rider

The river flows
It flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes
That's where I want to be
Flow river flow
Let your waters wash down
Take me from this road
To some other town

All he wanted
Was to be free
And that's the way
It turned out to be
Flow river flow
Let your waters wash down
Take me from this road
To some other town

Flow river flow
Past the shaded tree
Go river, go
Go to the sea
Flow to the sea

The river flows
It flows to the sea
Wherever that river goes
That's where I want to be
Flow river flow
Let your waters wash down
Take me from this road
To some other town


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 14:04 GMT 
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Sandy Denny & Richard Thompson's version is THE one!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egOMi4EJa1c


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 16:40 GMT 

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stephenoxford wrote:
Sandy Denny & Richard Thompson's version is THE one!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egOMi4EJa1c


fairport convention you mean


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 23:26 GMT 

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BALLAD OF EASY RIDER

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No known recording, circa April 1969.

By the spring of 1969, Dylan had seemingly got the hang of this co-writing lark. Having spent years letting unfinished songs stay that way, he now found himself collecting some nice royalty checks from This Wheel's On Fire and Tears Of Rage. And so, when Roger McGuinn asked him to help write a ballad for the Easy Rider movie, he obliged. Having already demonstrated the art of bridge building, Dylan gave McGuinn another, which was then transplanted to the outset of this evocative eulogy:

“The river flows, flows to the sea / wherever it flows, that's where I want to be.”

According to McGuinn, Dylan subsequently asked for his co-credit to be taken off “because he didn't like the movie that much. He didn't like the ending. He wanted to see the truck blow up in order to get poetic justice.”

Fortunately for Dylan's accountant, the song did not become another This Wheel's On Fire. However, it was recorded by the post-accident Fairport Convention for their landmark Liege & Lief LP – then left off, along with Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) and Open the Door, Homer – making it the first Fairport LP to not contain a single Dylan cover. Their version has favoured a few retrospective sets by now, so hopefully Dylan has heard to what divine purpose his little lyric was put by Denny and fellow Dylan devotees.
Though it is not known precisely when Dylan and McGuinn indulged in their little songwriting stint, The Byrds' recording of Lay, Lady, Lay in mid-April 1969 perhaps occurred after Dylan played his old friend an advance copy of his latest fab waxing, curious about what the Byrd thought of his own brand of country-rock.


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PostPosted: Wed March 14th, 2012, 23:40 GMT 

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I love the song.. wish he would have taken co-writing credits for it.


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