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 Post subject: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Sat June 9th, 2018, 10:26 GMT 

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The lyrics to 'Isis' on the official website have the second to last verse as:

She said, “Where ya been?” I said, “No place special”
She said, “You look different.” I said, “Well, not quite”
She said, “You been gone.” I said, “That’s only natural”
She said, “You gonna stay?” I said, “Yeah, I jes might”

I've never heard these lyrics before, anyone know where they're from?


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Sat June 9th, 2018, 10:34 GMT 
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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Tue June 12th, 2018, 16:36 GMT 
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I wish I would have seen this before I used Isis as an example in misheard lyrics thread.

I could be wrong, but I think Bob writes the lyrics, then sends them in, and may change his mind by the time he records the song. We're not all "hearing things." :D


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Tue June 12th, 2018, 18:56 GMT 

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Same thing with Dirt Road Blues; the last verse on the website is:

Gon’ walk on down that dirt road ’til I’m right beside the sun
Gon’ walk on down until I’m right beside the sun
I’m gonna have to put up a barrier to keep myself away from everyone

You may be right, Narrow Way, perhaps these lyrics are from unused drafts.


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 02:14 GMT 

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I forget which Basement Tapes song it is, but for one of them, the lyrics don't match the album. However the lyrics match the alternate take of the song (a few different words and phrases). All well and good until you realize that the alternate take was only officially released long after these were deemed the "official" lyrics.

One thing is certain. The published lyrics to his songs are not transcriptions of the released versions!


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 02:36 GMT 
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Many of the lyrics on his website are different. One of my favorite finds is an extra verse for New Pony on bobdylan.com that to my knowledge doesn't exist on any recording.

Well now, it was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
It was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
Now, I don’t have to ask nobody, I know what you come here for


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 12:27 GMT 
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Nightingale's Code wrote:
Many of the lyrics on his website are different. One of my favorite finds is an extra verse for New Pony on bobdylan.com that to my knowledge doesn't exist on any recording.

Well now, it was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
It was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
Now, I don’t have to ask nobody, I know what you come here for


Are there more recordings available of New Pony except the one on Street-Legal and the Soundcheck in Paris 1978?


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 14:26 GMT 
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TimEdgeworth1 wrote:
Same thing with Dirt Road Blues; the last verse on the website is:

Gon’ walk on down that dirt road ’til I’m right beside the sun
Gon’ walk on down until I’m right beside the sun
I’m gonna have to put up a barrier to keep myself away from everyone

You may be right, Narrow Way, perhaps these lyrics are from unused drafts.



Wow, that's better than what my ears heard on that song.


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 16:42 GMT 

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The official lyrics for Call Letter Blues are interesting as well; no extra lyrics, but the very personal fifth and sixth verses are missing:

Way out in the distance
I know you're with some other man
Way out in the distance
I know you're with some other man
But that's alright, baby
You know I always understand

Call girls in the doorway
All giving me the eye
Call girls in the doorway
All giving me the eye
But my heart's just not in it
I might as well pass right on by


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 16:45 GMT 

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Nightingale's Code wrote:
Many of the lyrics on his website are different. One of my favorite finds is an extra verse for New Pony on bobdylan.com that to my knowledge doesn't exist on any recording.

Well now, it was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
It was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
Now, I don’t have to ask nobody, I know what you come here for


Great find! Never noticed that before, those are some good lyrics.


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Wed June 13th, 2018, 16:55 GMT 
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h.egbert wrote:
Nightingale's Code wrote:
Many of the lyrics on his website are different. One of my favorite finds is an extra verse for New Pony on bobdylan.com that to my knowledge doesn't exist on any recording.

Well now, it was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
It was early in the mornin’, I seen your shadow in the door
Now, I don’t have to ask nobody, I know what you come here for


Are there more recordings available of New Pony except the one on Street-Legal and the Soundcheck in Paris 1978?

Unfortunately not. According to Bjorner though, there's 3 different takes of New Pony over 3 different sessions with the last session producing the album track. Hopefully one of those earlier takes becomes available some day!


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Thu June 21st, 2018, 05:34 GMT 
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Found some major changes in 'Goin' To Acapulco' too:

It’s a wicked life but what the hell, the stars ain’t falling down
I’m standing outside the Taj Mahal, I don’t see no one around


and then later

Now, whenever I get up and I ain’t got what I see
I just make it down to Rose Marie’s 'bout a quarter after three
There are worse ways of getting there and I ain’t complainin’ none
If the clouds don’t drop and the train don’t stop I’m bound to meet the sun


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 Post subject: Re: Isis lyrics
PostPosted: Sun July 1st, 2018, 07:52 GMT 
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I've done a little research... The changes / additions to Isis, New Pony and Call Letter Blues can also be found in the 1985 and 2004 editions of Lyrics. And in the case of Dirt Road Blues, the extra verse also exists in the 2004 Lyrics. Haven't looked at the 2016 edition yet, but my guess is that all the changes are replicated there.


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