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PostPosted: Sun May 26th, 2013, 21:17 GMT 
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Great song, my favorite version is the Live "Hard Rain" version.


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PostPosted: Sun May 26th, 2013, 21:51 GMT 
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nellie wrote:
Richard Hell – Mojo 100 Greatest Dylan Songs #77

Talking about Dylan is too complicated for just a few words. You can see why everybody writes books about him. It seems that anybody who likes him at all has a relationship with him, whether they admit it or not. He has been that useful, meaningful and exasperating all your life long. No wonder he resents his fans. And this song is the one for me that is the most revealing of his bewildering powers because it is the one that has the greatest distance between its emotional impact and its actual words. How does he make those silly words so affecting? “Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast”. Where is the poetry in that? The metaphor is obvious and the observation commonplace, but in the song, it breaks your heart. I think maybe it is something about both his openness and the way his mind skips around in his condition, somehow indicating the shape of everything, and I mean everything. It is how the lines turn into each other. For instance, the whole beginning of that stanza goes, “”Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast / Oh, but what a shame if all we’ve shared can’t last / I can change, I swear”. No one line is much more than banal, but it is how they follow from each other that makes that “I can change, I swear” choke me up every time. Or is it his delivery? Or the melody? Or the weird way saying, “You’re a big girl now” is inherently sarcastic, when obviously what is going on is he wants her more than anything? It is all the currents, in something apparently so simple and ordinary. There is no explaining it.

so true

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Is that the one that's on Biograph? Love that version. I think Hard Rain's my favorite though. The pain in his voice is something else, and those strings are top notch.


yes it's that one.


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PostPosted: Thu July 25th, 2013, 23:42 GMT 

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God, how I love this song.
And man, how I love this particular performance of it from 1993 (a favorite year for BOTT)
It's so strong, yet so very experimental...he goes into very weird and cool places with it
and in a very interesting way, he taps into the pain and vulnerability of these lyrics...
It's an intimate epic of a performance
....and a beautiful song to boot.
Bucky in particular shines here....

Huntsville AL
April 19 1993
http://www.sendspace.com/file/q4nk8b


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PostPosted: Thu July 25th, 2013, 23:55 GMT 
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No one line is much more than banal, but it is how they follow from each other that makes that “I can change, I swear” choke me up every time. Or is it his delivery?

Yes, i think has alot to do with his delivery. When Bob sings that line,
he breaks my heart....this line, too :

" I’m going out of my mind,
with a pain that stops and starts.."


But, i think it's the universality of the emotions that touches people...
Anyone who has ever heard the promise - " Please. I can change..i swear!"
...or anyone who has ever MADE that promise...

- well, you get the idea.
waahhh! :cry: :cry: :cry:


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PostPosted: Fri July 26th, 2013, 02:58 GMT 
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This song never fails to choke me up...especially at those lines "I can change, I swear!" and "I'm going out of my mind..." and the way he sings "ooohhh, ooohhhh" and "mmmm, mmmm." Gaaagh. :cry: Of course, as I get older, and have more experiences of love lost, and have been through divorce, the song has even more resonance.

Thanks to everyone who posted quotes about the song, from Bob and from critics. That piece from Richard Hell in Mojo is particularly good.

Marker, thanks for sharing that performance from 1993. That is really really wonderful. Love that!


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PostPosted: Sat July 27th, 2013, 15:36 GMT 
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What's weird about this tune for me is that I like almost every version I've heard of it (except Jones Beach 1988 which sucks because the vocal is cocaine-disconnected from the lyric). The remorse in the lyric is probably the key, and what I hear is a rare instance where the singer's been well and truly trumped in the game. There are dozens of wonderful tunings for the remorse and subsequent entreaties and it's always welcome on tour.


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PostPosted: Sat August 31st, 2013, 06:05 GMT 

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An extraordinary performance through and through....
Bob truly at the top of his live game.

Bear witness.
Of course,
New York City NY
October 19 1994
http://www.sendspace.com/file/53a05b

Plus these guys' version is pretty good:
http://youtu.be/vzdMwKv0jDg


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PostPosted: Wed April 8th, 2015, 20:55 GMT 

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One of my favorite Bob songs, it's such a masterpiece of mood and emotion....
Like the singer's 'corkscrew heart', I love the juxtaposition of sincere emotion and cliche...
and in this beautiful rendition from 1998, Bob and Larry's guitars are so terrific together
and the band supplements Bob so well, it feels like it's being performed in a small coffee shop at times:)

Check this beauty out:

New York City NY
January 18 1998
http://www.mediafire.com/view/f6qg2vt0u ... %20Now.mp3

And as a complete contradiction of performance, here's
a corker from a few years earlier that hearkens to the cathartic powerhouse from Hard Rain.
It's a razor sharp version with some terrific bellowing from our man:

https://youtu.be/hsoCDSPqevk?t=40m10s


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PostPosted: Wed May 6th, 2015, 14:16 GMT 
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I recently went through a tumultuous relationship that ended in tumult, and as a result I turned to three albums in particular: Blood on the Tracks, Street-Legal and Time Out of Mind. It's what led me to rediscovering Dylan and back to this board.

"You're a Big Girl Now," along with "If You See Her, Say Hello" (and "Standing in the Doorway"), resonated with me, hardest, it just really captured all the confusion I was going, too, and several verses described my partner's mentality quite well, particularly...

Time is a jet plane, it moves too fast
Oh, but what a shame if all we’ve shared can’t last
I can change, I swear, oh, oh
See what you can do
I can make it through
You can make it too


She had a rough past, including an abusive boyfriend, and she kept using it as an excuse as to why she'd shut herself off with me. I would tell her all the time that I made it through a lot as well and that she could do the same if she put her mind to it, unfortunately it was futile.

And also...

Love is so simple, to quote a phrase
You’ve known it all the time, I’m learnin’ it these days
Oh, I know where I can find you, oh, oh
In somebody’s room
It’s a price I have to pay
You’re a big girl all the way


She was sleeping with several men around the time she started seeing me, as well as during and after. In retrospect, I should've seen it coming, but she knew what she was doing so well.

Sorry to bring in so much personal observations into this thread, but I figured it was a good example of how Bob's work could resonate so powerfully.


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PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 07:10 GMT 

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What a beautiful post Roving Gambler...thanks for sharing that:)
I went through something similar and both BOTT and Time Out Of Mind (along with Neil's Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere) were my soundtracks to get through...

Here's one specifically for you...from one of his finest concerts ever:

Amherst MA
November 18 1999
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ct99vte ... _Now_2.mp3


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PostPosted: Wed May 13th, 2015, 13:49 GMT 
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marker wrote:
What a beautiful post Roving Gambler...thanks for sharing that:)
I went through something similar and both BOTT and Time Out Of Mind (along with Neil's Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere) were my soundtracks to get through...

Here's one specifically for you...from one of his finest concerts ever:

Amherst MA
November 18 1999
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ct99vte ... _Now_2.mp3

Thank you for this, marker! I really enjoyed this version, I love that easy, 'on breath' voice Dylan had in 1999-2000.

My favorite live version, however, is the last versions in 2007; I remember them sounding particularly pained.


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PostPosted: Thu June 1st, 2017, 06:26 GMT 

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I played a little Bathed In A Stream Of Pure Heat on the way home from work today
and I had to highlight this beautiful rendition here...
I love 1997 for all those quiet Bob guitar solos where he'd just do triplets while the band
quietly supports him.
And his voice...it's as if the song was waiting for this voice in particular. I don't know, I love
Blood On The Tracks songs in the late 90's, this combo in particular.
And oh that harp solo!!!!!

Providence RI
April 17 1997
http://www.mediafire.com/file/r3ihqq8lc ... rl_Now.mp3


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PostPosted: Thu June 1st, 2017, 13:05 GMT 
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My favorite versions:

1976 from the Hard Rain album
1988 in general
1994 Warsaw
1997 New York
And maybe 2002 Red Bluff


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PostPosted: Thu June 1st, 2017, 20:54 GMT 
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depp91 wrote:
My favorite versions:

1976 from the Hard Rain album
1988 in general
1994 Warsaw
1997 New York
And maybe 2002 Red Bluff


To be more specific, these are the correct dates and places:

1976-05-03 New Orleans
1976-05-23 Fort Collins
1988-06-15 Denver
1988-10-17 New York
1994-07-19 Warsaw
1997-12-08 New York City
2002-10-07 Red Bluff


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PostPosted: Wed April 25th, 2018, 00:19 GMT 

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A heartbreaking rendering of this song can be found here,
the only time this song was performed with Petty & The Heartbreakers in 1987.
It's a really extraordinary song within this very underrated concert.
Bob really pours his heart out on this one and does something rarely heard
by repeating the first verse as the last verse...It's striking and quite lovely.

Jerusalem Israel
September 7 1987
http://www.mediafire.com/file/r3ihqq8lc ... rl_Now.mp3


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