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Author:  whatsittoya [ Wed February 24th, 2010, 22:47 GMT ]
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I love love love it because of the line
'You may call me RJ, you may call me Ray'
They're my initials, and so this song is my only claim to fame!
(Actually it's not really one of my favourites - I reckon it's one of the weakest songs on the album, and never really does much for me in concert either. What a killjoy I am.)

Author:  feet_of_a_harlot [ Wed February 24th, 2010, 22:56 GMT ]
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Might be Jimmy Connors, might be Al Capone
Might be living with a million people, might be living alone

Rotterdam 87.

Author:  mumbles [ Wed February 24th, 2010, 23:00 GMT ]
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It's a got a groove that's hard to get away from. Pretty catchy, with a good atmosphere. It's also quite possibly the only Dylan recording where the backup singers actually help the song. I can't say a whole lot for the lyrics, but off-handed simplicity isn't a bad thing, and I think it's fine here. Thematically I actually like it. We do all have to "serve somebody," meaning we need to look beyond ourselves, and also choose wisely what moral, philosophical and ideological tenants we adhere to. This is the beginning of Dylan's long period of choosing production styles that don't fit his voice or aesthetic, but I can dig the song on its own terms.

Author:  Woody [ Wed February 24th, 2010, 23:01 GMT ]
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mumbles wrote:
It's also quite possibly the only Dylan recording where the backup singers actually help the song.

Joan Baez will be pissed! :lol:

Author:  feet_of_a_harlot [ Wed February 24th, 2010, 23:04 GMT ]
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He could use this one:

Might be Barack Obama, or a wino on the street
Might be in Havana, might be obsolete

heheheh.

Author:  telltale [ Thu February 25th, 2010, 01:19 GMT ]
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Dylan :
takes chances and is song and dance man
rock 'n' roll addict
women and drugs
businesman
Doctor (of Music, Princeton, Honorary)
Chief
thief
was Young Turk (figuratively, and kinda literally from his father's side)
was poor is rich (started off sleeping on people's floors, ended up in a big brass bed)
lives under another name
lived in a mansion with an infamous dome
(in the very moment he sings this) preacher with spiritual pride
heir (to all sorts of traditions)
liked whiskey

Author:  marker [ Mon August 25th, 2014, 21:21 GMT ]
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I know for certain that in 1981, Bob and Co. professionally recorded this show but it's never surfaced.
That said, this incredible concert has always circulated in high quality but my point in that is that I really
think this would be a perfect candidate for a Bootleg Series entry.
Interspersing his older material with brilliantly solid selections from his three Gospel albums, it would be a perfect
re-assessment of this underrated period.

Just listen to this fiery deliverance of this song which opened the concert!! Bob is on fire here and the band is super tight
with the Queens just tearing it up!!!
It's a brilliant opening to a powerhouse evening that may be my favorite of that phenomenal year....

London England
June 28 1981
https://www.sendspace.com/file/byhaek

Author:  BobFan115 [ Mon August 25th, 2014, 23:02 GMT ]
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I first heard it as a track on Biograph, and it made an impression on then, when a friend had me listen specifically to this song At that point in time, I probably knew Bob best based on 60s Dylan, BOTT, and "Jokerman" (and that's it). It sounded different musically (as I remember), and I kind of dug it, but it did not make me want to get the Slow Train LP (which I own now for the sake of completism). Of the Christian period songs, "Every Grain of Sand" is my favorite, and I consider "Slow Train" a song that I can tolerate when I must.

Author:  NateW [ Tue August 26th, 2014, 02:46 GMT ]
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marker wrote:
I know for certain that in 1981, Bob and Co. professionally recorded this show but it's never surfaced.
That said, this incredible concert has always circulated in high quality but my point in that is that I really
think this would be a perfect candidate for a Bootleg Series entry.
Interspersing his older material with brilliantly solid selections from his three Gospel albums, it would be a perfect
re-assessment of this underrated period.

Just listen to this fiery deliverance of this song which opened the concert!! Bob is on fire here and the band is super tight
with the Queens just tearing it up!!!
It's a brilliant opening to a powerhouse evening that may be my favorite of that phenomenal year....

London England
June 28 1981
https://www.sendspace.com/file/byhaek


Thanks for sharing that. Loved it. Not sure if this was common in his live performances at the time, but I think it's really interesting that he dropped "hafta" from the chorus. Rather than an air of forced subservience, it now strikes me as a more basic statement about how things are. Every action, every choice serves a specific end that you desire. To live and act at all is to take steps in one direction or another. It's up to us to choose whether that is towards love, or hate, good or evil, and the labels that we apply to ourselves or that are applied to us by others, have nothing to do with it.

Interesting.

Author:  Foggy [ Tue August 26th, 2014, 06:39 GMT ]
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marker wrote:
I know for certain that in 1981, Bob and Co. professionally recorded this show but it's never surfaced.
That said, this incredible concert has always circulated in high quality but my point in that is that I really
think this would be a perfect candidate for a Bootleg Series entry.
Interspersing his older material with brilliantly solid selections from his three Gospel albums, it would be a perfect
re-assessment of this underrated period.

Just listen to this fiery deliverance of this song which opened the concert!! Bob is on fire here and the band is super tight
with the Queens just tearing it up!!!
It's a brilliant opening to a powerhouse evening that may be my favorite of that phenomenal year....

London England
June 28 1981
https://www.sendspace.com/file/byhaek


That sendspace if full of malware, man. Horrible shit that I had to clean-up, just so folks know.

Author:  raging_glory [ Mon January 12th, 2015, 00:35 GMT ]
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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x324mv ... y_creation

I've never seen this video before. I love seeing the nice clear shot of Beatty.

Author:  bjorn [ Mon January 12th, 2015, 18:37 GMT ]
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One of my all time favs. Great beat and interesting theme.

Author:  Johnnie Ray [ Tue January 13th, 2015, 06:03 GMT ]
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feet_of_a_harlot wrote:
dsavereide wrote:
[quote="harmonica albert"] The self-reference of the "you may call me zimmy" verse is insufferable.


Why would that bother you? He's just joking around, having a little fun with it.


It is a tad narcissistic.[/quote]

Ha! This was a play on a popular beer commercial back then. But I guess I'm dating myself.

As time goes by these kind of inside jokes can tend to get lost. Hopefully though knowing the source will give a new appreciation-- or else ruin it altogether! I thought it was genius to be able to include this oddball popular reference into this hellfire preaching song.

Here it is...
http://youtu.be/LztZu5s0-QU
http://youtu.be/qoYsfbq3vMc

Yes people thought this was hilarious back in the day!

Author:  Peggy Night [ Tue January 13th, 2015, 06:42 GMT ]
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NateW wrote:
To live and act at all is to take steps in one direction or another. It's up to us to choose whether that is towards love, or hate, good or evil, and the labels that we apply to ourselves or that are applied to us by others, have nothing to do with it.


That is a brilliant synopsis.

Author:  AlanBumstead [ Tue January 13th, 2015, 09:30 GMT ]
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raging_glory wrote:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x324mv_dylan-gotta-serve-somebody-shirley_creation
I've never seen this video before. I love seeing the nice clear shot of Beatty.


Great stuff. Shirley Caesar does to Dylan what Dylan did to Bukka White on his debut album.
Her performance of this song on Masked & Anonymous is also outstanding.

Author:  marker [ Sun August 7th, 2016, 14:53 GMT ]
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I've loved this version from 1988.
It's a weird arrangement, sped up with a bit of a disco beat, but bob oh boy,
does it allow Bob & GE to rip it up!! GE is just on fire here!!! His solos are so inventive
and interesting...
And Bob just makes up lyrics on the spot some being pretty good:

Might be rich
Might be poor
Might be dragging somebody's door

Might be in Israel
Might be Rome
Might be Paris
Might be home

You maybe hazy
You may behave
You may be a master or you maybe a slave

An amazing breakdown ending happens which Im always a sucker for,
but yeah this is a cool rendition of GSS!!

July 1 1988
Wantagh NY
http://www.mediafire.com/download/1go41 ... mebody.mp3

Here's a piece of this song from Hamilton Ontario, the last Gotta Serve from 88.
So great to watch GE in the flesh do his thing...
It's also great to see that brief era where it was just Bob, GE, and Chris Parker
huddled in one corner of the stage as a trio Crazy Horse-style:)

https://youtu.be/U1l5jL5k_R4?t=1h15m48s

Author:  motherwell [ Sun August 7th, 2016, 16:25 GMT ]
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This is the period of Dylan's career that turns all my preconceptions upside down.

The reason for that is that the thing that always attracted me to Dylan was the power of the lyrics in his songs. As an atheist, the lyrics from this period should make me hate it. They are dogmatic, simplistic and sometimes cringing.

And Yet.... And yet.....I love it. :shock:

The power and passion of the singing, the absolute conviction, and not to mention some beautiful melodies, make this one of my favourite periods in his career 8)

Author:  Mickvet [ Sun August 7th, 2016, 18:31 GMT ]
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motherwell wrote:
This is the period of Dylan's career that turns all my preconceptions upside down.

The reason for that is that the thing that always attracted me to Dylan was the power of the lyrics in his songs. As an atheist, the lyrics from this period should make me hate it. They are dogmatic, simplistic and sometimes cringing.

And Yet.... And yet.....I love it. :shock:

The power and passion of the singing, the absolute conviction, and not to mention some beautiful melodies, make this one of my favourite periods in his career 8)


It's a pleasure to encounter an atheist who is also a genuine freethinker.

Author:  marker [ Sat October 15th, 2016, 21:57 GMT ]
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Bob did this song only twice in 2002.
I've never heard the second rendition but this one is one of the best I've ever heard....
I love the arrangement here. The drawn out chorus only highlights how great Bob sounded
in 02 and how bad-ass this song is....
The band truly rocks out here and the recording is in excellent sound.
What more could a Dylan bootlegger ask for??:)

Fort Lauderdale FL
February 1 2002
http://www.mediafire.com/file/82u951hg6 ... mebody.mp3

Author:  twistedpin [ Sun October 16th, 2016, 01:18 GMT ]
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Grammies 1980 in good video quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWP2TzpayM

Author:  Nightingale's Code [ Fri October 21st, 2016, 03:30 GMT ]
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marker wrote:
I know for certain that in 1981, Bob and Co. professionally recorded this show but it's never surfaced.
That said, this incredible concert has always circulated in high quality but my point in that is that I really
think this would be a perfect candidate for a Bootleg Series entry.
Interspersing his older material with brilliantly solid selections from his three Gospel albums, it would be a perfect
re-assessment of this underrated period.

Just listen to this fiery deliverance of this song which opened the concert!! Bob is on fire here and the band is super tight
with the Queens just tearing it up!!!
It's a brilliant opening to a powerhouse evening that may be my favorite of that phenomenal year....

London England
June 28 1981
https://www.sendspace.com/file/byhaek

You may be right on the money marker!

Author:  belfast [ Sun October 23rd, 2016, 02:25 GMT ]
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Not a fan of this period, Dylan's haranguing and self-pitying gospel-rock recordings aren't my idea of good rock or religious music, and his singing sounds awful on many of these performances.

But I do treasure the early live versions of "Pressing On" from late 1979, the live "Caribbean Wind," the live "Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar" with Michael Bloomfield, and the Grammy performance of this song.

Of the studio recordings from this period, "Every Grain of Sand" and this song are the only ones I enjoy. (Mark Knopfler's great guitar work very nearly salvages Slow Train Coming for me, but this track would have been pretty good even without him.)

Author:  clifford gage [ Tue October 25th, 2016, 18:10 GMT ]
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"It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody"

The more I have listened to this song over the years, the more interesting I've found it. It's not a gospel song in the conventional sense, because it is ambivalent in tone,ie it does not specifically advocate serving the Lord. It's rather a statement of fact regarding both supernatural persons, and if you're not serving one, you are by definition, serving the other. The prophet Elijah used the same approach when confronting the prophets of Baal on Mt Carmel (OT; 1 Kings).

Author:  smoke [ Wed March 8th, 2017, 06:16 GMT ]
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twistedpin wrote:
Grammies 1980 in good video quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frWP2TzpayM



Just stumbled across the same thing and looked up the thread to post it. I know it's a grammy show and all, but he's kind of tearing it up here, ain't he? Stereo sound and good quality vid of nice BOB FACES as well.

Author:  NEP [ Wed March 8th, 2017, 12:12 GMT ]
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I do like the early 80 versions...april/May...great groove.

I prefer from the NET. Feb 99. Troy-Lake Placid...sweet spot.

I do love the Fall 2000 version...with the Bono/Sting insert.

I was at the 09 nyc one off...it was fantastic...actually most enjoyable part of that show...

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