November 6, 2013
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It was the fall of ’73. I was a student at John Abbott but spent most of my time working at a local drug store to get cash for things like albums, Le Manoir and concerts.
Working away in the stock room it’s announced on CHOM that Bob Dylan and The Band were coming to play the Forum on January 11 (Tour ’74). A couple of us dropped everything and sped downtown to buy tickets – there was already a huge long line-up down Atwater and around the corner. But we were determined to get tickets. And we did.
This was Bobby Z’s first tour since ’66 and having Danko and The Band there made the anticipation almost too much to bare. It was an amazing show in the most memorable era of rock concerts.
The song from his 1997 Time out of Mind sessions, has been covered by many but there is only one original. Lyrically, it is superb.
Mississippi – Bob Dylan – live 2002
YT post by Houston209
Every step of the way we walk the line Your days are numbered, so are mine Time is pilin’ up, we struggle and we scrape We’re all boxed in, nowhere to escape
City’s just a jungle; more games to play Trapped in the heart of it, tryin’ to get away I was raised in the country, I been workin’ in the town I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down
Got nothin’ for you, I had nothin’ before Don’t even have anything for myself anymore Sky full of fire, pain pourin’ down Nothing you can sell me, I’ll see you around
All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
Well, the devil’s in the alley, mule’s in the stall Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all I was thinkin’ ’bout the things that Rosie said I was dreaming I was sleepin’ in Rosie’s bed
Walkin’ through the leaves, falling from the trees Feelin’ like a stranger nobody sees So many things that we never will undo I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too
Some people will offer you their hand and some won’t Last night I knew you, tonight I don’t I need somethin’ strong to distract my mind I’m gonna look at you ’til my eyes go blind
Well I got here followin’ the southern star I crossed that river just to be where you are Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long
Well my ship’s been split to splinters and it’s sinkin’ fast I’m drownin’ in the poison, got no future, got no past But my heart is not weary, it’s light and it’s free I’ve got nothin’ but affection for all those who’ve sailed with me
Everybody movin’ if they ain’t already there Everybody got to move somewhere Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow Things should start to get interestin’ right about now
My clothes are wet, tight on my skin Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in I know that fortune is waitin’ to be kind So give me your hand and say you’ll be mine
Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way Only one thing I did wrong Stayed in Mississippi a day too long