12.20.2009

lyrics in disguise

Everybody's wearing a disguise
To hide what they've got left behind their eyes.
But me, I can't cover what I am
Wherever the children go I'll follow them

Bob Dylan, "Abandoned Love"

My current musical obsession, Bob Dylan's "Abandoned Love," on the Biograph collection, is reminding me how much I love the Rolling Thunder Revue sound, and the Desire album, in spite of some of the dubious songwriting. It makes me want to dig up all the Rolling Thunder music we have, although I fear admitting that, because Allan may soon appear with a mountain of bootlegs and outtakes that will quickly bury and kill my interest.

"Abandoned Love" is in turn reminding me of another musical obsession, REM's "Supernatural Superserious," a fascination that started the minute I heard the song, pre-release, in early 2008, and has only barely slacked off in nearly two years.
Everybody here
Comes from somewhere
That they would just as soon forget
And disguise

Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, "Supernatural Superserious"

As I don't pay attention to a music scene anymore, I had no idea the song was originally titled "Disguised". Worlds collide!

6 comments:

redsock said...

Allan may soon appear with a mountain of bootlegs

I do have recordings of the entire 1975 and 1976 tours!

Curious people should grab this zip file of the December 8, 1975 show at Madison Square Garden.

Video:

1975
Romance in Durango
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A lot To Cry

1976
Shelter from the Storm
Maggie's Farm
Idiot Wind

From the World of John Hammond broadcast (great violin work from Scarlet Rivera):
Hurricane
Oh, Sister
Simple Twist of Fate

L-girl said...

Two thoughts.

Live "Idiot Wind" from the Rolling Thunder tour is among Dylan's absolute best.

And

Scarlet Rivera makes the band. Her violin gives me chills. When I was listening to Biograph, and heard her mournful sound on "Abandoned Love"... I can't even explain my reaction. I just had to listen to it again and again.

L-girl said...

And thanks for the links.

redsock said...

And thanks for the links.

I thought I was going to have to explain: "That is not a mountain!"

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Here is a recording of the only time Dylan has played Abandoned Love live -- at The Other End in NYC on July 3, 1975.

The Desire sessions had either just begun or were about to start and Dylan showed up at a Ramblin' Jack Elliot show and played the song (I think some lyrics are different, meaning it was still being written). Luckily, Joe Kivak was there sleathfully recording Elliot and got this too. His memories of the night are here.

Wiki says he dropped it from Desire for the fuckin' 11-minutes of Joey. Unbelievable. Should have gone with Abandoned Love and Golden Loom instead.

Also, if this can be believed, Dylan was riding in a car in the Village in late June 1975 and saw Scarlet Rivera walking on the sidewalk with her violin case. Dylan stopped and talked to her. He invited her to the rehearsal studio and eventually asked her to play on the sessions for the album!

L-girl said...

It's not a mountain yet, but it's getting there!

Wiki says he dropped it from Desire for the fuckin' 11-minutes of Joey. Unbelievable.

It sure is, considering no one knows why an ode to a mafia chieftan belongs on that album, let alone 11 minutes of boredom. Abandoned Love is such a good song.

Also, if this can be believed, Dylan was riding in a car in the Village in late June 1975 and saw Scarlet Rivera walking on the sidewalk with her violin case. Dylan stopped and talked to her. He invited her to the rehearsal studio and eventually asked her to play on the sessions for the album!

I've heard that story all the way back from when the album first came out. I always wondered if it was true.

Supposedly the Stones found Sugar Blue, the harmonica player on Some Girls, playing in the Paris Metro.

redsock said...

I've heard that story all the way back from when the album first came out. I always wondered if it was true.

"On a sultry, slow July afternoon, a gypsy called Scarlet Rivera left her Lower East Side Manhattan flat, violin case in hand. She was heading for a friend's place to kill time before a rehearsal with an obscure 10-piece Latin band that paid her $100 a week. "Then this car comes up and cuts me off," says Scarlet, picking up the story. "Some ugly green car. The guy driving asked me if I really knew how to play the violin." He never showed his face, but the impassive profile was unmistakable. "Actually he had this woman next to him ask me," Scarlet corrects herself. "He asked her to ask me for my phone number, but I told her to tell him that I didn't give out my number to somebody stopping me on the street." No, not even to Bob Dylan. "Come downtown and rehearse with me," [Dylan] finally said for himself. "I'm heading uptown," Scarlet snapped and brashly requested a ride. She was beckoned in, Dylan turned downtown and hijacked her to his studio. The rest is rock legend."
People, February 23, 1976

Her website is here.