This is my fa­vorite Bob Dy­lan song, by a mile. Maybe it’s Scar­let Rivera’s vi­o­lin that grabs me. Maybe it’s Em­my­lou Harris’ har­monies. Maybe it’s the fear­some chord hook when he sings “To the val­ley below”. It’s just great.

Emmylou and Bob

In fac­t, I’ve liked it so long that I wrote a whole blog piece on it twelve years ago. In the un­like­ly event you want words by Bray on Dy­lan, there are plen­ty there. Let’s skip ahead straight to the links.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. Here’s a 1975 live take with Ms Rivera but with­out Ms Har­ris. It’s cool, but not on the same plane of re­al­i­ty as the record­ing.



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From: jim gislason (Aug 23 2018, at 15:41)

That is also a favourite song of mine from Desire Tim, second only to Romance in Durango. Such a funny album to come along so close on the heels of Blood on the Tracks, was always my thought. To go from such starkly autobiographical work to an album comprised of so many myth-like tales that we are parachuted into and left to decipher. Just the other day I was listening to something called Political Beats Podcast: Bob Dylan

Part Three, which deals with later Dylan in depth with a fairly interesting and insightful guest panel I thought (which means they think like me), and of course, there's a part two which would likely focus a fair amount of energy on Desire if you happened to be interested, as I am, in all things Bob.

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