Union Sundown (April or May 1983)

This is a studio outtake from the Infidels sessions.

Well, the drug dealers are making big profits
Oh yeah, they say times were tough for a while
When the Russians bomb Las Vegas
They’ll be on a desert isle
And them big manufacturers are starvin’ though
Their profits are down beyond belief
Goin’ to have to send them a care package
Or make it food relief

We need a man in a mask in the White House
Who’s got no name or important ties
Just as long as he understands the shape of things to come
He can stay there till he dies
Got to be an invisible man
Not a front man for some diseased cause
Certainly not a union man, an independent man
Not a man tied to social laws

¯_(ツ)_/¯

Simple Twist of Fate (June/July 1981)

Evolution of a Bob Dylan Lyric

On June 30, 1981, Dylan makes a very notable mention of Suze in this performance:

He walked along through the city blocks
Hunts her down – he remembers Suze when she talks
Hunts for her by the waterfront docks where the sailors all roll in
Maybe he’ll find her there once again, how long must he wait
One more time for a simple twist of fate

Here we take a look at how this particular lyric developed by presenting consecutive performances from the shows before, after, and including this June 30th outing.

Colombes, France, June 23

He heard the tickin’ of the clocks/ And walked down through the city blocks

London, England, June 26

He walked along through the city blocks/ Sometimes down sometimes at the docks

London, England, June 28

He walked along through the city blocks/ Oh down by and the tree full of rocks

London, England, June 29

He walkin’ down through the city blocks/ Way down far but know she talks

London, England, June 30

He walked along through the city blocks/ Hunts her down – he remembers Suze when she talks

London, England, July 1

He walked along by the city docks/ Hunts her down though the way she talks

Birmingham, England, July 4

He go by there by the city blocks/ But oh my by the way she talks

Birmingham, England, July 5

He walked through the city blocks/ Well down she remem- to talks

Stockholm, Sweden, July 8

He walked along through the city block/ Pulled down by the way she talks

Dramman, Norway, July 9

He walked along through the city blocks/ Hunts for her by the way she talks

It is interesting to note that this pair of lines is not found in the few performances prior to these. Note how the rhyme gradually evolves (blocks -> rocks -> docks -> talks), with Suze clearly mentioned only on June 30th. By the show in Dramman on July 9th, Dylan has settled on the less personal but very clearly sung, “Hunts her down by the way she talks.” While Suze could still be in Dylan’s mind when performing the song at this stage in 1981, he is at least no longer calling her out by name.

All I Really Want To Do (October 7, 1978)

I don’t wanna make you go astray
And I don’t wanna see you go away
And I don’t care if you
feel like me
See like me or be like me
All I really want to do
All I really want to do
All I really want to do

Is, baby, be friends with you

I don’t want to fake you out
Take or shake or forsake you out

I ain’t lookin’ for you to feel like me
See like me or be like me
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you

One More Cup of Coffee (April 1976)

Your sister sees the future
She was born to read my mind
She overstates her beauty
But then her words are not that kind

Your sister sees the future
She was born to read my mind
She’s always in the room
But she’s so hard to find

Your sister sees the future
Like your mama and yourself
You’ve never learned to read or write
There’s no books upon your shelf

Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (December 4, 1975)

Throw my ticket in the wind
Throw my mattress out there too
Throw my letters in the sand
Cause you’ve got to understand
That tonight I’ll be staying here with you

I could have left this town by noon
By tonight I’d’ve been to someplace new
But I was feeling a little bit scattered
And your love was all that mattered

So tonight, I’ll be staying here with you
Get ready, cause tonight, I’ll be staying here with you

Is it really any wonder
The changes we put on each other’s heads
You came down on me like rolling thunder

I left my dreams on the riverbed

I can hear that lonesome whistle blowing
I hear them semis rolling, too
If there’s a driver on the road
Then let him have my load
‘Cause tonight I’ll be staying here with you

Throw my ticket out the window
Throw my suitcase out there too
Throw my troubles out the door
I don’t need them anymore
‘Cause tonight I’ll be staying here with you

I should have left this town this morning
But it was more than I could do
For your love comes on so strong
And I’ve waited all day long
For tonight when I’ll be staying here with you

Is it really any wonder
The love that a stranger might receive
You cast your spell and I went under
I find it so difficult to leave

I can hear that whistle blowing
I see that stationmaster too
If there’s a poor boy on the street
Then let him have my seat
‘Cause tonight I’ll be staying her with you

Credit to: @realisticblonde

With God On Our Side (November 4, 1975, early show)

I’ve learned to hate Russia, and China, and Korea, and Vietnam, and Bulgaria, and Poland, South America, and Cuba
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

I’ve learned to hate Russians
All through my whole life
If another war starts
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

Isis (Oct-Nov 1975)

She said, “You gonna stay?” I said:

Oct 30: I think I might, yes!
Oct 31: I might as well, yes.
Nov 2 and later: If ya want me to, yes!

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”

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”

Tombstone Blues (July 24, 1965)

The blacksmith and the boy-scout, after torturing a thief
Looking up at the hero, the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, “Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for us to get sick in?”

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while pounding a fly
Saying, “Death to all those who would whimper and cry”
And dropping a barbell he points to the sky
Saying, “The sun’s not yellow it’s chicken”

The geometry of innocent flesh on the bone
Keeps Galileo busy while his math book gets thrown
In lazy Delila’s lap who sits worthlessly alone
Yet the tears on her cheeks are from laughter.

Well, John the Baptist after torturing a thief
Looks up at his hero the Commander-in-Chief
Saying, “Tell me great hero, but please make it brief
Is there a hole for me to get sick in?”

The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, “Death to all those who would whimper and cry”
And dropping a barbell he points to the sky
Saying, “The sun’s not yellow it’s chicken”

The geometry of innocent flesh on the bone
Causes Galileo’s math book to get thrown
At Delilah who’s sitting worthlessly alone
But the tears on her cheeks are from laughter

Desolation Row (outtake 1965)

Across the street they’ve closed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
Now he’s spoonfeeding Casanova
The boiled guts of birds
Then he’ll torture him with self-confidence
And poison him with words

Across the street they’ve nailed the curtains
They’re getting ready for the feast
The Phantom of the Opera
A perfect image of a priest
They’re spoonfeeding Casanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they’ll kill him with self-confidence
After poisoning him with words