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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 03:14 GMT 

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Bad news, bad news
Come to me where I sleep
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’ one of your friends
Is in trouble deep
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Tell me the trouble
Tell once to my ear
Turn, turn, turn again
Joliet prison
And ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Oh what’s the charge
Of how this came to be
Turn, turn, turn again
Manslaughter
In the highest of degree
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

I sat down and wrote
The best words I could write
Turn, turn, turn again
Explaining to the judge
I’d be there on Wednesday night
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Without a reply
I left by the moon
Turn, turn, turn again
And was in his chambers
By the next afternoon
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Could ya tell me the facts?
I said without fear
Turn, turn, turn again
That a friend of mine
Would get ninety-nine years
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

A crash on the highway
Flew the car to a field
Turn, turn, turn again
There was four persons killed
And he was at the wheel
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

But I knew him as good
As I’m knowin’ myself
Turn, turn, turn again
And he wouldn’t harm a life
That belonged to someone else
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

The judge spoke
Out of the side of his mouth
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’, “The witness who saw
He left little doubt”
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

That may be true
He’s got a sentence to serve
Turn, turn, turn again
But ninety-nine years
He just don’t deserve
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Too late, too late
For his case it is sealed
Turn, turn, turn again
His sentence is passed
And it cannot be repealed
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

But he ain’t no criminal
And his crime it is none
Turn, turn, turn again
What happened to him
Could happen to anyone
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

And at that the judge jerked forward
And his face it did freeze
Turn, turn, turn again
Sayin’, “Could you kindly leave
My office now, please”
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

Well his eyes looked funny
And I stood up so slow
Turn, turn, turn again
With no other choice
Except for to go
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

I walked down the hallway
And I heard his door slam
Turn, turn, turn again
I walked down the courthouse stairs
And I did not understand
Turn, turn to the rain
And the wind

And I played my guitar
Through the night to the day
Turn, turn, turn again
And the only tune
My guitar could play
Was, “Oh the Cruel Rain
And the Wind”

This song is based on Paul Clayton's 'The Wind And The Rain':
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5DeY3H1oaU

Which is based on 'The Twa Sisters', an ancient ballad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JILqtr9lIas

The song relates the story of a fatal car crash and a subsequent manslaughter conviction and 99-year sentence in Joliet Prison that is handed down to the driver (a friend of the first-person narrator). The narrator goes to ask the sentencing judge to commute his friend's sentence which he considers too harsh. The sentence stands.
It was left off of The Times They Are A'Changin for some reason, though he performed it two days after the recording of the album at Carnegie Hall and it's simply gorgeous.

New York NY
October 26 1963
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Any love for Percy's Song out there, ER? And why did he leave this off of the album?


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 03:21 GMT 
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I think Dylan knew it was a second-rate song that just grinds on and on and goes nowhere you can't predict after the first couple of lines. He sings it okay, but it's a weak lyric. Those old ballads can get pretty tedious, too. Songs such as this one would have kept Dylan a minor folk musician, had he stayed at this level. I've never heard a decent cover of the song, either.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 03:27 GMT 

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I have always enjoyed this song. The first version I remember hearing and enjoying is Arlo Guthrie's cover of it on his album Washington County


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 03:51 GMT 
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Love the song when I have time for it...it can get tedious but it's lovely and moving. There's a lot summed up about power in the line "could you kindly leave my office now please" that may not qualify as "insight" but is powerful and true all the same.

If you like the live version, go vote for it in the poll...it's currently not making it.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 04:42 GMT 

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harmonica albert wrote:
I think Dylan knew it was a second-rate song that just grinds on and on and goes nowhere you can't predict after the first couple of lines. He sings it okay, but it's a weak lyric. Those old ballads can get pretty tedious, too. Songs such as this one would have kept Dylan a minor folk musician, had he stayed at this level. I've never heard a decent cover of the song, either.


My thoughts exactly. it's one of those songs that fit well as an outtake on abootleg series but could never be ona real album.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 07:32 GMT 
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I think it's a terrific song, but simply doesn't fit the Times album. Most of that album is assertive in content. The character in Percy's Song has accepted the world for what it is and doesn't try to confront it's injustices. You cannot place a song like that next to Times They Are A Changing and maintain a record's mood. Percy's Song would have made the album a bit more mature if it had been included.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 10:40 GMT 
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It's a good song, but I agree that it's a bit long. IMO better than some of the other songs on "The Times..." (like The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and Only a Pawn in Their Game).
I'm not sure whether it would have worked within the context of the album.
It's very much fun to play on the guitar though.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 13:56 GMT 

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It's not that the song rambles on - it's as long as it needs to be - but it requires someone with a bit more dynamic vocal range than Dylan.
Bob has done a lot with his voice but he's done it with more of a character-acting approach.

The best version of this song I've ever heard is Fairport Convention. Now, 'that' chick can sing!


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 14:05 GMT 
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i always loved the "turn, turn turn again, turn turn to the rain and the wind" part of the song but wished that the rest was about something else and maybe less long. beautiful song and melody and performance i jsut think he could have done better with the lyric


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 17:19 GMT 
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I like the song a lot for what it is: an outtake not worthy of appearing on The Times They Are A-Changin'. I agree that it is too long and tedious, the lyrics quickly become too redundant for my liking. The one that appears on Biograph is much better than the live one, though, in my opinion. I'm curious about the subject matter - is it a true story? I can't seem to find any details about it online.


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PostPosted: Sun May 22nd, 2011, 17:21 GMT 
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Just watched Dont Look Back this afternoon and Joan does it beautifully.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24th, 2011, 21:31 GMT 
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As with the other best songs from that time - say, One too many mornings, Boots of Spanish leather, When the ship comes in, Seven curses, Paths of victory, Moonshiner - I'd say Dylan's singing, picking and harp playing is exquisite. You may even be better off not focusing on the words and just let the music talk.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24th, 2011, 22:45 GMT 
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I think it is a fantastic thought provoking song.
As for good covers I think Fairport Convention did a very good one.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24th, 2011, 22:50 GMT 

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effort wrote:
As with the other best songs from that time - say, One too many mornings, Boots of Spanish leather, When the ship comes in, Seven curses, Paths of victory, Moonshiner - I'd say Dylan's singing, picking and harp playing is exquisite. You may even be better off not focusing on the words and just let the music talk.

Yeah, I agree : if you do that, it's lovely and not long enough.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24th, 2011, 23:19 GMT 
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I love rain, so this song just talks to me, it's amazing.


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PostPosted: Tue May 24th, 2011, 23:26 GMT 
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Pure genius. I love Baez's version from Don't Look Back.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28th, 2011, 08:00 GMT 
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Love the wind & rain... especially the live version! It tells a story - its not long or tedious at all IMHO. :)


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PostPosted: Sat May 28th, 2011, 14:32 GMT 
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Pretty baffled at how this made it on to Rolling Stone's list of Bob's 70 greatest songs.


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I'm pretty baffled as to how a snippet of this "lovely Joan version" that is no longer than a dog's yawn could generate such widespread enthusiasm.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28th, 2011, 16:24 GMT 
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Drake wrote:
I'm pretty baffled as to how a snippet of this "lovely Joan version" that is no longer than a dog's yawn could generate such widespread enthusiasm.


Because it's awesome?


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PostPosted: Sat May 28th, 2011, 17:10 GMT 
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harmonica albert wrote:
I've never heard a decent cover of the song, either

Haha. Hint hint


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PostPosted: Sun May 29th, 2011, 01:53 GMT 
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moonlightransom wrote:
Pretty baffled at how this made it on to Rolling Stone's list of Bob's 70 greatest songs.

Because it actually happens to be one of his 70 greatest songs.


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Drake wrote:
I'm pretty baffled as to how a snippet of this "lovely Joan version" that is no longer than a dog's yawn could generate such widespread enthusiasm.

It's the first seven verses, 2:51 minutes, of a sixteen verse song. You should take the time to focus on it, and to read her facial expression- hard to do in the dark shadow of the original copy. If you have a video editor you can enhance the contrast of this YouTube excerpt for a better detailed view:

"Joan Baez sings Bob Dylan 1965 Percys Song, Love Is"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_mN901sMJw (7:03)

She reflects the words of Peter Yarrow in tribute to her:
"(Folksingers) have to be true to what the music says, they have to be true to their feeling about the music, to the artistry. There is a person who exemplifies this commitment. Her name is Joan Baez."


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PostPosted: Tue August 18th, 2015, 00:50 GMT 

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Damn, this should have made the album.

FWIW, besides Dylan's, I always preferred Fairport Convention's take on it over anyone else's. The live BBC version is also nice for the way it opens with just Sandy's voice. Beautiful.


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PostPosted: Tue August 18th, 2015, 06:18 GMT 
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belfast wrote:
Damn, this should have made the album.

FWIW, besides Dylan's, I always preferred Fairport Convention's take on it over anyone else's. The live BBC version is also nice for the way it opens with just Sandy's voice. Beautiful.

My thoughts exactly.


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