Bob Dylan – More Blood More Tracks

Bob Dylan More Blood, More Tracks

The newly released Bob Dylan Bootleg Volume 14 – ‘More Blood, More Tracks’ is a fascinating insight into how the final master piece ‘Blood On The Tracks’ came together.

It’s no secret that Bob Dylan has dozens of different versions of his work and often changes the lyrics during his live performances. 

Here is a prime example, In the Track ‘Simple Twist Of Fate. The official lyrics as quoted for on Bob Dylan’s website are: 

He woke up, the room was bare
He didn’t see her anywhere
He told himself he didn’t care, pushed the window open wide
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate

I found on the website a Snippet of the song sung live in 2013.  This website is dedicated to documenting the changes in the lyrics in his live performances.

He woke up and she was gone
He didn’t see nothing but the dawn
He got out of bed and put his shoes back on, and he pushed back the blinds
He found a note she’d left behind – what’d it say? It said, “You should have met me back in ’58.
We could have avoided this little simple twist of fate.”

10 July 2013, St. Paul, MN

I think the box set is a must for any Dylan fan, it gives you the opportunity to listen to the songs as he is tweaking them and modifying everything from the melody, speed, lyrics, and format.  The album is so deeply personal to Dylan, it’s a real privilege that these records have been realized. 

There is not a wasted line on this album and you can see how Dylan perfected it by listening to the outtakes. 

With one song saying You’re an idiot, babe ‘It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe’ and another ‘You’re gonna make me lonesome when you go’ shows how this has every element of emotion. 

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