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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 00:00 GMT 

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This one took quite a while to grab hold to The MEZ. It just never really did much for me, like many numbers on TOOM. But lately, Iv'e been more attracted to this tune. I am still not loving it but it's a growing on me, slowly but surely, I think! What are others thoughts on this one? Any dates to note or, as always, post a killer version for the masses! MEZ


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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 00:28 GMT 
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A good song on the album, that is often great live.

Two versions from London standout for me. Roundhouse 09 and Brixton 05 (can't remember which night). It was also very good in the late nineties when they ended up rocking out on it, quite different to today's slow burn.


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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 01:07 GMT 

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I like it but it's one of the weaker tracks on a masterpiece.


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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 19:19 GMT 

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I think I read somewhere that Bob began TOOM with the blues in mind. The themes of walking and waiting that run through TOOM feel far more organic in the blues songs than the rest IMO. You'll also find in them most of the the only moments of levity in the album as well.

Yes the last thing you said before you hit the street
Gonna find me a janitor to sweep me off my feet
I said thats alright mamma you, you do what you gotta do
Well I try to get closer I'm still a million miles from you

Rock me pretty baby rock me all at once,
Rock me for a little while
Rock me for a couple of months And I'll rock you too
I try to get closer but I'm still a million miles from you

As Eyolf points out "Turn your lamp down low", comes from Blind Willie McTell's Statesboro Blues which doesn't share a lot of musical similarities. But certainly lyrically, Bob has mined this song heavily for many of his latter-day blues songs.

Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Wake up mama, turn your lamp down low
Have you got the nerve to drive papa McTell from your door

My mother died and left me reckless, my daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
Mother died and left me reckless, daddy died and left me wild, wild, wild
No, I'm not good lookin', I'm some sweet woman's angel child

You're a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
You're a mighty mean woman, to do me this a-way
Going to leave this town, pretty mama, going away to stay

I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
I once loved a woman, better than I ever seen
Treat me like I was a king and she was a doggone queen

Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder perform a scorching version of this which Bob certainly must be a fan of. It's closer to how he ended up playing with his blues songs on the road rather than the moody studio version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwUhbdSukCE

The song never got better than its first year out. Here's a hot version from 1998 where the band is just on fire. Bob also throws in those hilarious little talkin blues asides, which just makes it that much more special than it already is.

http://www.sendspace.com/file/wn68j1

here's the video of the same performance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjyLfD3X ... annel_page


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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 19:54 GMT 
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Like many old tunes Dylan's blues songs often evoke images of world-weariness and lost love.
But they lack a substantial element that's also very often present in older blues tunes: sex, lust and the cravin therefor.
This song is a nice exception that that rule - in some parts of this song Dylan does appear to be a bit more of a viril predator looking for sweat and consumption.


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PostPosted: Wed July 15th, 2009, 21:29 GMT 
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I think the great strengths of this song are the vocal delivery and how the band hits the groove (like most of Time Out of Mind). I like the lyrics well enough, but Dylan's technique of constantly returning to the title catchphrase, of spinning variations off a single theme, gets a bit predictable after hearing him do it for 50 years.


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PostPosted: Thu July 16th, 2009, 04:38 GMT 
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mjeff wrote:
I like it but it's one of the weaker tracks on a masterpiece.


Haven't you heard "Long Johnny On Time Out Of Mind Blues"?

"I don't put on Time Out Of Mind, most of it sounds like 'blechhh'
I don't play Time Out Of Mind, most of it sounds like 'blechhh'
If I'd been Dylan's manager, I'd have said 'Lanois? What the heck?'"


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PostPosted: Thu July 16th, 2009, 06:42 GMT 
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While I was nodding during Highlands, my woman got had by another man,
While I was nodding during Highlands, my woman got had by another man,
Some people think I've had bad luck, I say "I tried as hard to fall in deep coma as I can"


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PostPosted: Thu July 16th, 2009, 23:49 GMT 

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it's better than anything off TTL.


TOOM is amazing. Million Miles is a lesser great track out of a whole bunch of great tracks.

Vocal delivery is great.


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PostPosted: Fri July 17th, 2009, 01:24 GMT 
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Aside from Make You Feel My Love, I don't think Time Out of Mind has any lesser tracks. Make You Feel My Love would do well on a lot of other CDs or albums but it doesn't rise to the level of anyting else on Time Out of Mind. Lanois' production has received alot of criticism but it worked alright here. He developed an interesting feel for the album.

Million Miles...it is great in the studio and he has done some great live versions.


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PostPosted: Sun April 1st, 2012, 18:55 GMT 

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One of Bob's finer blues songs ever is also one of my favorites from Time Out Of Mind...

I've been listening to an incredible concert from 04 that contains an INCREDIBLE Million Miles with Larry
Campbell just tearing it up. Bob delivers the song very BB King-style and has some awesome moments on the harp!

Check it out y'all!

West Lafayette IN
November 3 2004
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ifc4h1


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PostPosted: Sun April 1st, 2012, 19:26 GMT 

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....and here's a re-post of my absolute favorite from...

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http://www.sendspace.com/file/hf5ml7


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PostPosted: Sun April 1st, 2012, 20:41 GMT 
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Thanks for both, Marker - great stuff indeed. You de man!!!


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PostPosted: Sun April 1st, 2012, 21:18 GMT 
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i always loved this version, beefheart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRlWbzdmJQA


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PostPosted: Sun April 1st, 2012, 21:36 GMT 
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marker wrote:
One of Bob's finer blues songs ever is also one of my favorites from Time Out Of Mind...

I've been listening to an incredible concert from 04 that contains an INCREDIBLE Million Miles with Larry
Campbell just tearing it up. Bob delivers the song very BB King-style and has some awesome moments on the harp!

Check it out y'all!

West Lafayette IN
November 3 2004
http://www.sendspace.com/file/ifc4h1


amazing, amazing....thank you! Now I must listen to the other one, too!


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PostPosted: Mon April 2nd, 2012, 04:26 GMT 

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We have to mention the performance at the Hammersmith Apollo, 2003. He and the band really dig in, giving a very relaxed, swinging and soulful rendition (head and shoulders above TOOM). In addition, the humor of this song really comes through as Bob breaks into laughter several times and also cracks a joke or two mid-song. He clearly is having a blast on this one and it is infectious.


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PostPosted: Mon April 2nd, 2012, 21:27 GMT 

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https://rapidshare.com/files/1861730522 ... _Miles.mp3

Lancaster , Pennsylvania 6-19-05 from the (hard to find) boot the ghost of big pink
standout jazz/blues version here with some fine guitar work


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PostPosted: Thu March 14th, 2013, 20:47 GMT 

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Bob and the band only did the song 5 times in 2005
& every one is stellar. The one posted above from Lancaster is utterly mesmerizing,
but this one from a month later is simply perfect to my ears....
Bob really digs in here and bleeds these lyrics dry of emotion...

Maybe my favorite blues by the man, here's a version that deserves it's own
post....(Man, how I miss Denny Freeman's guitar.....)

Schaumburg IL
July 10 2005
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0nu1f5


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PostPosted: Fri March 15th, 2013, 07:20 GMT 

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thanks marker,.... for shining your light on this; sounds great !
seeding now at HC thanks to blindwilly


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PostPosted: Fri March 15th, 2013, 07:48 GMT 
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Mesmerizing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4v4U5b ... ata_player


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PostPosted: Fri March 15th, 2013, 14:54 GMT 

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The 5thDaughter recording of Milwaulkee 2012 is superb and Bob pulled out a tasty Million Miles that night so worth grabbing the whole boot over at the recordings page.


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PostPosted: Wed September 17th, 2014, 21:31 GMT 

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You're right Judas, that recording is superb!!
And don't forget that Mark Knopfler guested on this song...
An incredible performance and the only time he did that year:)

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November 8 2012
http://www.mediafire.com/listen/cmfx89z ... ion_Miles_[Live].mp3


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PostPosted: Thu September 18th, 2014, 01:00 GMT 
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top o' the hill wrote:
We have to mention the performance at the Hammersmith Apollo, 2003. He and the band really dig in, giving a very relaxed, swinging and soulful rendition (head and shoulders above TOOM). In addition, the humor of this song really comes through as Bob breaks into laughter several times and also cracks a joke or two mid-song. He clearly is having a blast on this one and it is infectious.


Yes, that one is superb. Also have to put a word in for the sizzling Million Miles in Toronto, at The Phoenix, March 20, 2004.


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PostPosted: Fri September 19th, 2014, 00:16 GMT 

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Ain't bad, but I usually skip it. Just doesn't add much to Time Out of Mind. If anything, it kinda feels like padding for a somewhat overlong album.

Bonnie Raitt did do an excellent version on her last album though.


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PostPosted: Fri September 19th, 2014, 02:19 GMT 

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Good song as far as filler goes. I have no objection to its existence.


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