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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 16:32 GMT 
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Friends,

I have a bootleg recording of Caribbean Wind. The only information I have about it is, "audience recording." It's of low quality and the words are hard to make out.

However, Bob changes the chorus almost every-time it comes around. "And them Caribbean winds still blow from Nassau to Mexico" becomes many different places. Have you heard this version? Do you know the words?

I would love to compile the words to this version, Caribbean Wind is one of my all time favorites. If you know the words I'd love to hear from you.

Happy Solstice to one and all. - Fabe

P.S. I also posted this in Rare Dylan Recordings.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 17:03 GMT 
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Caribbean Wind as sung at the Fox Warfield, San Francisco November 12, 1980

She was from Haiti, fair brown and intense
And then i took over the Lord
Attendin' the show in Miami, in the theater of divine company.
Talkin' about Jesus, talked about the rain
She told me about the vision, told me about the pain
That has arisen from the ashes abided in her memory.

Is she a child or a woman? i really can't say,
Something about her said, "Trust me" anyway
As the days turned to minutes and the minutes turned back into hours.
Could i've been used and played as a pawn?
It certainly was possible as the gay night wore on
But victory was mine, and i held it with the help of God's power.

And that Caribbean wind still blows from Trinidad to Mexico
The circle of light and the furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on them iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.

Shadows grew closer as we touched on the floor
Prodigal son sitting next to the door
Preaching resistance, waitin' for the night to arrive.
He was well connected, but his heart was a snare
'Cause she had left him to die in there
And i knew he could get out while he still was alive.

Stars on my balcony, buzz in my head
Slayin' [.........?] in my bed
Street band playin', "Nearer My God To Thee."
She never did see me where the mission bells ring
She said, "I know what you're thinkin', but there ain't a thing
You can do about it, so you might as well agree to agree'.'

And that Caribbean wind blows hard from the Valley coast into my backyard
Drivin' all your love to the furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on them iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.

Atlantic City by the cruel sea
I hear a voice cryin' "Daddy", i always think it's for me
But it's only the silence in the buttermilk hills that call.
Bearin' new messages, bringin' evil reports
Of riotin' armies and time that is short
And earthquakes and train wrecks and death threats written on walls.

Would I have married her? i don't know, i suppose
She had bells on her braids and they hung to her toes
The curtain was risin' and like they say, the ship will sail at dawn.
And i felt it come over me, some kind of gloom
My voice said, "Come on with me girl, I got plenty of room."
But i know i'd be lyin', and besides she had already gone.

And that Caribbean wind still howls from Tokyo to the British Isles
We never walked in to that furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on 'em iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.


Is this the one? I'm not sure it is an entirely accurate transcription, but it's pretty close.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 17:21 GMT 
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Could someone kindly post this.
I've never heard it.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 17:57 GMT 
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Josepi wrote:
Could someone kindly post this.
I've never heard it.


How long have you been here?

You know where the Requests section is, and how to use the Search function.

It's on a 3CD compilation called A Musical Retrospective.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 17:59 GMT 
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:lol: :lol: :lol: Beagles turned into a mod ha ha ha i like it.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 18:06 GMT 
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All part of my Official Mascot duties, keeping young pups and old bitches in line.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 18:08 GMT 
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Thanks to all. Yes, Charles B. I think that is the one. This is a song which keeps evolving.

Happy Solstice - Fabe


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 22:43 GMT 
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The best version of "Caribbean Wind" (there are three) is the studio rehearsal from 1980 (well before the Rundown sessions for Shot of Love in '81), which is also easily available on bootleg. At that point, the song sounds like it's going to become his greatest song of the decade; it's positively riveting (as is the live version -- and that was the only time he played it live). But then you hear the '81 Rundown version (on Biograph) and it's crap.


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PostPosted: Sun December 21st, 2008, 23:41 GMT 
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Street Beagle wrote:
Josepi wrote:
Could someone kindly post this.
I've never heard it.


How long have you been here?

You know where the Requests section is, and how to use the Search function.

It's on a 3CD compilation called A Musical Retrospective.


I know, but i didn't ask for a '3CD set called A Musical Retrospective', i asked for someone to post the version of Caribbean Wind live.


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PostPosted: Mon December 22nd, 2008, 00:53 GMT 
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panther wrote:
The best version of "Caribbean Wind" (there are three) is the studio rehearsal from 1980 (well before the Rundown sessions for Shot of Love in '81), which is also easily available on bootleg. At that point, the song sounds like it's going to become his greatest song of the decade; it's positively riveting (as is the live version -- and that was the only time he played it live). But then you hear the '81 Rundown version (on Biograph) and it's crap.



Are you talking about the GBS version with "she had friends who were busboys and friends in the pentagon" & there were "hate words' written on walls and the choruses are musically different and go a bit out of key? That's my favorite by far---though the choruses make it unreleasable. Never quite understood the love for the live take, though I won't knock it--maybe that soundboard Heylin talks about would change my mind.

Sorry Josepi but it's not handy, guess you're in the doghouse :D


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PostPosted: Mon December 22nd, 2008, 03:34 GMT 
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I'm confused. How many recordings of Caribbean Wind are there? I think I've heard three. Enlighten me please.

Currently, I have four lyric versions.


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PostPosted: Mon December 22nd, 2008, 04:53 GMT 
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Caribbean Wind as sung at the Fox Warfield, San Francisco November 12, 1980

She was from Haiti, fair brown and intense
And then i took over the Lord
Attendin' the show in Miami, in the theater of divine company.
Talkin' about Jesus, talked about the rain
She told me about the vision, told me about the pain
That has arisen from the ashes abided in her memory.

Is she a child or a woman? i really can't say,
Something about her said, "Trust me" anyway
As the days turned to minutes and the minutes turned back into hours.
Could i've been used and played as a pawn?
It certainly was possible as the gay night wore on
But victory was mine, and i held it with the help of God's power.

And that Caribbean wind still blows from Trinidad to Mexico
The circle of light and the furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on them iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.

Shadows grew closer as we touched on the floor
Prodigal son sitting next to the door
Preaching resistance, waitin' for the night to arrive.
He was well connected, but his heart was a snare
'Cause she had left him to die in there
And i knew he could get out while he still was alive.

Stars on my balcony, buzz in my head
Slayin' [.........?] in my bed
Street band playin', "Nearer My God To Thee."
She never did see me where the mission bells ring
She said, "I know what you're thinkin', but there ain't a thing
You can do about it, so you might as well agree to agree'.'

And that Caribbean wind blows hard from the Valley coast into my backyard
Drivin' all your love to the furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on them iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.

Atlantic City by the cruel sea
I hear a voice cryin' "Daddy", i always think it's for me
But it's only the silence in the buttermilk hills that call.
Bearin' new messages, bringin' evil reports
Of riotin' armies and time that is short
And earthquakes and train wrecks and death threats written on walls.

Would I have married her? i don't know, i suppose
She had bells on her braids and they hung to her toes
The curtain was risin' and like they say, the ship will sail at dawn.
And i felt it come over me, some kind of gloom
My voice said, "Come on with me girl, I got plenty of room."
But i know i'd be lyin', and besides she had already gone.

And that Caribbean wind still howls from Tokyo to the British Isles
We never walked in to that furnace of desire
And them distant ships of liberty on 'em iron waves so bold and free
Bringing everything that's near to me, nearer to the fire.


Is this the one? I'm not sure it is an entirely accurate transcription, but it's pretty close.



Killer version. Truly one of his greatest songs.


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PostPosted: Mon December 22nd, 2008, 21:19 GMT 
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All part of my Official Mascot duties, keeping young pups and old bitches in line.



Uh oh, you're in for it now! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon December 22nd, 2008, 22:44 GMT 
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panther wrote:
The best version of "Caribbean Wind" (there are three) is the studio rehearsal from 1980 (well before the Rundown sessions for Shot of Love in '81), which is also easily available on bootleg. At that point, the song sounds like it's going to become his greatest song of the decade; it's positively riveting (as is the live version -- and that was the only time he played it live). But then you hear the '81 Rundown version (on Biograph) and it's crap.



Are you talking about the GBS version with "she had friends who were busboys and friends in the pentagon" & there were "hate words' written on walls and the choruses are musically different and go a bit out of key? That's my favorite by far---though the choruses make it unreleasable. Never quite understood the love for the live take, though I won't knock it--maybe that soundboard Heylin talks about would change my mind.



Yes, I'm talking about that one exactly. What? There's a soundboard recording of the live version?? Anybody have that??


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PostPosted: Tue December 23rd, 2008, 00:33 GMT 
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I think it's one of those "Heylin has it and he ain't sharing" SBD's.


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PostPosted: Wed December 24th, 2008, 15:28 GMT 
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panther wrote:
Yes, I'm talking about that one exactly. What? There's a soundboard recording of the live version?? Anybody have that??


I second that. If there's a soundboard recording, please someone step forward and point it out. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon December 29th, 2008, 05:35 GMT 
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Complete the second line of the song:

She was from Haiti, fair brown and intense
And then i took over the[re] Lord ...
[rhymes with "intense"]

It most likely has four beats and ends with one of these words:

commence
condense
defense
dense
dispense
expense
fence
hence
immense
incense
nonsense
offense
pretense
sense
sequence
suspense
tense


What's your best guess?

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PostPosted: Mon December 29th, 2008, 08:47 GMT 
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The best version of "Caribbean Wind" (there are three) is the studio rehearsal from 1980 (well before the Rundown sessions for Shot of Love in '81), which is also easily available on bootleg. At that point, the song sounds like it's going to become his greatest song of the decade; it's positively riveting (as is the live version -- and that was the only time he played it live). But then you hear the '81 Rundown version (on Biograph) and it's crap.



That version is the bomb


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PostPosted: Mon December 29th, 2008, 09:49 GMT 
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Fabe wrote:
I'm confused. How many recordings of Caribbean Wind are there? I think I've heard three. Enlighten me please.

Currently, I have four lyric versions.


Yes, and none of them are quite right.

'Where we sniped the bait?' Seems to make no sense--I thought it was 'were we sniper bait?'


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PostPosted: Mon December 29th, 2008, 16:43 GMT 
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Yes, and none of them are quite right.

'Where we sniped the bait?' Seems to make no sense--I thought it was 'were we sniper bait?'


Were we [staggered gait/bait?], did we follow a star?
My guess.

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Street Beagle wrote:
Josepi wrote:
Could someone kindly post this.
I've never heard it.


How long have you been here?

You know where the Requests section is, and how to use the Search function.

It's on a 3CD compilation called A Musical Retrospective.




Why so rude? :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue December 30th, 2008, 22:47 GMT 
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Never quite understood the love for the live take, though I won't knock it--maybe that soundboard Heylin talks about would change my mind.


Yes it's inadequate, but what a vibe it has--comparable to neil young out in the garage.

None of the lyric sets quite do it--i tried mashing them together and adding lines here and there, was very fun.

"If it's got the spook, take another Luke"


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PostPosted: Wed December 31st, 2008, 02:23 GMT 
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She was from Haiti, fair brown and intense
And then i took over the[re] Lord ...[/i][/color] [rhymes with "intense"


Oh man that is so indistinct.

Shot Of Love mashed up lyrics

She was emancipated but her heart was a snare
She had friends who was busboys and friends in Red Square
Stealin’ the show in Miami in the theatre of divine comedy
We talked on the boardwalk, we talked in the rain
I could tell she was still feeling the pain
I knew I could talk to her all about infidelity

Was it courtship or seduction? I can't say which
One to another it could easily switch
Couples were dancing and I lost track of the hours
Shadows grew longer as we touched on the floor
Prodigal son standing there at the door
Preachin’ from experience, non-action as power

[i]But them Caribbean winds still blow from Nassau to Mexico
Bringing everything that's near to me nearer to the fire

Well, I slipped into a hotel, flies buzzin’ my head
Ceiling fan broken, there was heat by the bed
Street band playin' Nearer My God To Thee
Was I sniper bait? I picked my spots like I was
paying attention like a rattlesnake does
But it was only cicadas in the buttermilk hills a-seethin’

So we met in secret where we drank from a spring
She said “I know what you’re thinkin’ but there ain’t a thing
We can do about it but to let it remain undefined”
Then i felt it come over me, some kind of gloom
A voice said, "Come on with me girl, I got plenty of room—"
But i knew I’d be lyin', and she was already down the line.

Yeah them Caribbean winds still blow from Nassau to Mexico
Fanning the flames on the furnace of desire


I saw the screws breakin’ loose, skies of flyin’ tin,
I saw a house in the country gettin torn apart from within.
Then I heard my ancestors calling from the land far beyond.
I thought about the jungle where her brothers were slain
By the man who held the embassy up to his brain
But I heard my name of destiny said to be movin' on.

‘Cause them Caribbean winds still blow from Nassau to Mexico
Bringing everything that's near to me nearer to the fire.


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PostPosted: Mon November 13th, 2017, 11:06 GMT 
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Fabe wrote:
Complete the second line of the song:

She was from Haiti, fair brown and intense
And then i took over the[re] Lord ...
[rhymes with "intense"]

It most likely has four beats and ends with one of these words:

commence
condense
defense
dense
dispense
expense
fence
hence
immense
incense
nonsense
offense
pretense
sense
sequence
suspense
tense


What's your best guess?

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Or perhaps it could go on like:
and then I took 'er home and then I lost sense
????? :?


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PostPosted: Mon November 13th, 2017, 11:09 GMT 
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[quote="therevelator"][quote="charlesdarwin"]Caribbean Wind as sung at the Fox Warfield, San Francisco November 12, 1980


Stars on my balcony, buzz in my head
Slayin' [.........?] in my bed
Street band playin', "Nearer My God To Thee."


I can't help hearing "stain" and not "slayin'" in there.
There is a rhythm to the repetition of phrases:
Stars on my balcony
buzz in my head
stain in my [??]
heat in my bed


Anyway, a killer song indeed. Every version IMO.


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